Bedlam - Ale Asylum
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4.09/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A hazy, ruddy, orange pour with a very small head that disappears pretty quickly, but leaves some nice lacing.
The first whiff of the aroma quietly promises a lot. It's fruity and earthy at once--peach and nectarine with some bready/loamy earth. Sadly, the aroma vanishes after one's first sip and never comes back.
The flavor in the mouth for the most part makes good on the promise of the aroma. The fruit from the nose is part white grapefruit bitterness, plus an acidic alcohol astringency. Actually, it's not very complex. Unable to really pick out much more than that.
Mouthfeel a bit thin, with modest carbonation.
It drinks more like Furthermore Fatty Boombalatty (a Belgian Pale Ale, 7.5% abv) than it does Piraat (Belgian IPA, 10% abv). I wish there were more malt in the flavor, like in the Piraat. I'm not really getting the Belgian yeast, though I never have really caught the Belgian yeast in a Belgian IPA, not even in Piraat.
No, wait, actually, I think I finally understand what the yeast tastes like from within the package of an IPA. Amazingly, now that I've got the yeast figured out, I'm digging this brew all the more. Or perhaps it's just more delicious as it warms?
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2014 00:24:11 | More by martyl1000
3.89/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a La Fin du Monde tulip. Nice dark orange color. Slightly cloudy with two fingers of creamy head. Very good retention. I get some sweet, malty notes tinged with fruit on the nose. Toast, marmalade, pineapples, and a little lemon.
Medium body with a slick, oily feel. Plenty of sweet, grainy malt up front and enough hops to provide a fruity component to the flavor like over-ripe oranges and pineapples. There is a touch of quinine-like bitterness that cuts through near the finish and complements the fruity sweetness nicely, but the fruit flavors linger the longest.
Very reminiscent of Houblon Chouffe in that it seems to taste like a cross between an American IPA and a Belgian Tripel. This one lacks some of the hoppy components of the d'Achouffe beer (sadly), but is still a fine beer. Very well-constructed and enjoyable. Complex without demanding too much.
Serving type: bottle
05-21-2014 22:51:13 | More by deadonhisfeet
Bedlam from Ale Asylum
93 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.