Smuttynose Bloom - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by Skwalk47:
4.14/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Both the smell and taste start with familiar clove and spice flavors but then you get the floral notes to follow. The Belgian yeast spice flavor is nicely balanced with the edible flowers. It is almost like the floral flavors chance the belgian spice and give you just as much as you want without overloading.
A tremendous brew in my opinion and something I hope they do again next year.
Serving type: on-tap
06-21-2013 01:59:52 | More by Skwalk47
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3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Straight pour from a 1L swing-top growler filled at the Syracuse Real Food Co-op less than an hour before to my nice Tired Hands oversized wine glass; sixtel was tapped this morning, I believe. A BPA brewed with edible flowers, eh?
Appearance (4.5): What a lovely pour: a good three fingers of rocky, mixed fat and small bubbles composing a custard-colored foam rises off the pour, dying down to a patchy film on the surface of the beer, leaving thin patches of suds, arcs, and splotchy collars of lace around the glass early on, and a solid sheet on the far side later on. The body is a rich, auburn-amber color with a chill haze.
Smell (4.25): Lavender and chamomile are the most obvious notes right off the bat, but there’s also an interesting, almost watery-smelling vegetable note in there, like fresh cucumber—not a gross “vegetable” scent whatsoever, and in fact it’s lovely and refreshing.
Taste (3.5): Chamomile is immediately evident, along with a very light, peppery spiciness that hangs out in back; the malt comes off with a rich, spicy, bready, almost rye-like character that’s very understated (rich, but veeery restrained), along with a molasses sweetness underpinning the whole affair. There’s also a (not surprisingly) unidentified floral note that goes through the whole thing, that’s slightly lemony and tastes slightly like oregano. Very interesting.
Mouthfeel (4.25): Quite nice, with a restrained carbonation that tingles very lightly and dissipates quietly and a medium-weight body that finishes juuust on the dry side. Very quaffable, and does not drink like 6+% ABV—more like in the 4% range.
Overall (3.75): This is a pretty good beer, essentially a decent Belgian Amber with strong floral characteristics, though the chamomile seems to come off a bit stronger than I’d like. Definitely enjoyed drinking it and I appreciate the experiment, but it’s not quite as magical as I admit I was hoping. Worth a shot, if you see it somewhere and like Belgian Ambers.
Serving type: growler
04-30-2013 01:12:11 | More by fmccormi
Smuttynose Bloom from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.