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OM - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GratefulBeerGuy on 02-22-2008)
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is actually listed at CBC as a Belgian-style Golden ale. 2/21/08

notes: While resting in French Oak barrels for six months, the barrels and their contents were vibrated using therapeutic tuning forks and tibetan chanting bowls at a freqeuncy of 136.10 HZ @ 432.10 HZ which leaves a imprint of sound vibration on the ale.

This is a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a fine, all-white head that is minimal and totally goes away. it's a bit flat looking really. But that's the "aged" look.

sour-fruity yeast, pineapple, sweet pale malt, mildly floral and a smokey, oak chips scent. Very nice indeed.

This has a wonderful sour-fruits flavor in the yeast with honey-sweet malt, berries, and oak-wood. Good depth of flavor.

This one feels light, crisp at first and then finishes dry.

Will has obviously done his homework and has mind-bending ideas that totally pushes the edge of brewing experimentation. Another unique brew.

GratefulBeerGuy, Feb 22, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Cambridge Brewing Company on 2/20/10. Served in a wine stem.

Pours a clear deep copper, with a thin covering of bright-white froth. Retains with some rich bunching around the edges that leaves a creamy cascade of foam down the sides of the glass. The aroma is tart and funky, along with sticky sweet notes of bread and fruit that sit a bit heavy in the nose. This is overall very vinous smelling, with a ton of oak and white wine character coming out.

The taste is initially fairly sweet up front with bread, sugars, vanilla, and honey, before getting much more vinous and woody tasting in the back, with a good bit of fruity green apples tones and dryness towards the finish. There is a fair amount of tartness that runs through this but it never gets to be overly souring or anything. Just a lot of dry tannic character to this overall. The mouthfeel is medium bodied in the mouth, with a very effervescent (and a bit champagne like) feel up front that then gets much more slick and slippery toward the back of the swallow. Very wine-like in the feel at times.

I remember having a sample of this @ EBF '08 and it was great to be able to revisit this one again. Really unique stuff here, with the base Belgian Golden Ale being rendered dry, tart, and almost cider-like (or maybe even like a crisp chardonnay) from the French oak that this was aged in. This was slow but steady sipper that seemed right at home in a wine glass.

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4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at cbc oct 16/09.

pours deep orange, not quite red. hazy. a thin ring of off-white head forms, dropping fast and leaving a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. malt vinegar. lemon. horse blanket and leather. light alcohol. orange. bit of tangerine. white bread. cracker.

taste is great. much less funky and more barrel than i expected from the aroma. big vanilla and oak, but not yet to the point of being tannic. bit of bourbon. horse blanket and leather, but light and nicely complimentary to the barrel. orange and a bit of tangerine. a bit earthy. very little sourness. white bread. bit of cracker. light grain. light alcohol. the alcohol only starts to get warm once you reach the last 1/4 of the glass.

mouthfeel is great. just over medium body. it says FG=1.008, but it feels like there is more residual sweetness and body left than that. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. i liked it up front and it grew on me even more as it went. by the end of the glass i was considering another, but knowing it would be on at NotF, i opted to try a few more of their other brews instead. nice barrel character. great depth and complexity. really glad i got the chance to try this one and hope to see it again in the future.

grub, Oct 20, 2009
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a pale, golden color, slightly hazy, with a thin white layer of foam that dissipates fairly quickly. Carbonation is active and visible, with a steady stream of bubbles flowing up from the center of the glass. Smell is of sweet fruits, some honey, and some bready yeast. Taste follows suit - a bit of funk here from the brett used in the barrels, with some nice sour fruit flavors, a bit of sweetness, some honey, some oak, and a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth, fairly crisp, but with a nice dry finish. Despite the high ABV, I could definitely enjoy a few of these in a night. Very tasty, and very creative. Another unique brew from Will and CBC.

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On tap at the brewpub. Pretty cool concept.

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Smell is cool, very sour and funky, fruit, vanilla, oak, caramel, oranges, a bit sugary, lots of barrel, sour fruit, weird but pretty nice.

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OM from Cambridge Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.