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Makeweight - Furthermore Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Furthermore Beer visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Golden2wenty1 on 01-11-2008)
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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't really expect much from this beer as a brief review of its packaging led me to believe that it was somehow a collection of spare bits from around the brewery, but I picked it up because I'd enjoyed other Furthermore beers. And I was glad I did, as I enjoyed this beer, but also found it quite interesting because it was unique and hard to classify or compare to other beers I've had.

This beer is beautiful. It is a deep red color with brilliant clarity and a thick creamy head of tightly packed tiny bubbles that didn't overflow the rim of the glass but was durable enough to leave great lacing on the glass and insulate the underlying liquid from first sip to the last. Aroma and flavor were pleasant and not overpowering, but kind of puzzling. It is kind of as described. I didn't detect the English influence as it was the mildest of the three included recipes, but I definitely got an APA type hoppiness in both the flavor and aroma and a Belgian spiciness. There was something else going on here that I couldn't quite put my finger on; a maltiness that was a bit cerealy but not unpleasant. I wish I'd purchased two bottles of this stuff so I could've continued my investigation into some of the flavors therein.

This is a good (not great beer), but an extremely interesting one. There's a lot of flavors in that bottle.

I would recommend this beer. I bought a 12oz single at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

BeerBelcher, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a fluted Bokrijk tulip, and it produced a rising cylinder of tan foam that worked it's way above the rim, forming a convex bow. The fluffy cap stayed in place long enough to be impressive. Color was a deep crimson, with slow upward carbonation. Hazy suspended sediment in the glass, but nothing residual in the bottle. Patches of lace hang around the glass.

Mild nose of toffee and light apple. Some Belgian character from the yeast.

Caramel and apple flavors, with moderate carbonation that is welcome. It was a little fizzy at first but has mellowed after sitting a few minutes. Mildly bitter hops are detected in the background, but understated. Lightly spicy phenols suggest a higher alcohol content. Notion of tea or berry linger in the background too, more of a dried cherry. The fruit and spice character reminds me most of a Dubbel. Glad I tried the single, might look for it on tap when in Wisconsin.

Thanks to malcontent for snagging this in WI...

emerge077, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of Flyer
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Creativity is one of the most important things I look for in a brewer, and Furthermore is starting to climb up my list. This strikes me essentially as a brown ale, which is usually another way of saying "boring" -- but not in this case. It looks absolutely beautiful in the glass, with a ruby brown color that really catches the light nicely. Fair head. It has a great toasty malt character and a wonderful bittersweet brown sugar undertone throughout. And yet surprisingly dry and crisp, with a mildly hoppy finish. Highly recommended.

Flyer, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of sweethome
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a ruby red with an off white head. The head had nice retention.

I really love the nose here - so complex. Tropical fruits, belgian yeast, hops. Pinapple.

Smooth entry, velvety mouthfeel. Flavors of pinapple, macintosh apple, yeast, a hint of caramel.

Balanced finish with plenty of bitterness hitting at the sweet malts.

Long fruity finish.

Complex and flavorful beer.

sweethome, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Brewery: Our triple pale is a bastardization of three regionally distinctive recipes that were stacked in unequal measure in order to make a beefy beer which highlights each recipe's finer points: Esters from a dominant Flanders yeast are reigned-in by cleaner American and London strains; Kent Golding hops provide mild bitterness, giving English and Belgian specialty malts room to breath; Oregonian hops offer a fragrant nose; Belgian candy sugar boosts the strength of this mash-up to 8.5% ABV.

A triple pale ale??? Ok.

Furthermore is known for unclassifiable brews like the peppered pale ale Knot Stock and its Irish dry rauch stout Three-Feet Deep but this brew takes the cake when it comes to difficult to place within a set style parameter.

Appearance: Medium brown body with amber or perhaps mahogony highlights and a healthy beige foam. Not a common color for beer, especially an ale such as this.

Aroma: Damned complicated and kind of playful. As the beer warms dramatically different things start to happen. Each sniff brings new notes of interest. Let's begin with black tea since that is what I first noticed and that is the aroma stays most consistent over the course of the beer's short life in my glass. As the beer warms tobacco notes come out but before that come a slew of hop and yeast inspired fruits, herbs and spices: pineapple, ginger, rum, passion fruit, kiwi, and some raw iron for good measure.

Flavor: Like a bitter cup of tea cut with sugar and lemon or a lime wedge drizzled in simple syrup and topped with a mint leaf, or maybe crushed tobacco and a shot of rye. Complex and as changing with the temperature as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: A steady astringent tea leafy-herbal hopped quality lasts throughout. Full bodied. Notably boozy at times. Highly effervescent.

Drinkability: High. This beer changes so much from start to finish that by the time you down your last ounce you are ready to start all over again.

A hard beer to define, an easy beer to drink.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to autumnaldave for this amazing extra! He recommended drinking it first as it has a good kick to it, and I'd have to agree with him.

Pours a nice copper color with a decent size, creamy looking head.

Smell is predominately hoppy, large amount of citrus, with a surprisingly strong sugary malt backing. Very well balanced aroma. There are hints of alcohol though, but faint.

Wow, the alcohol is fairly evident, I get a good warming sensation in my mouth and belly, but it doesn't distract from the taste at all. As hoppy as the aroma was, it doesn't translate to the taste as much, instead we get a very sweet tasting beer. Lots going on, malt, caramel, other spices mixed in but not overwhelming.

My first Furthermore ale, if their other beers are as delicious as this one, I've certainly been made a fan.

deltatauhobbit, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, riley's

always excited for a new furthermore release, consumed during giants-packers q2

appearance: poured into a bells tulip glass, dark garnet body, shines in the light of the tv and candles, nice beige froth head with decent lacing

smell: aromas favor the belgian side of this belgian/american/uk hybrid, yeasty and candy sugar, crisp floral hops, smooth malts and alcohol noticed

taste: served this up at a warmer temp on the advice of Cokes' review...not sure what to make of this interesting concept beer. there is a whole lot of complexity in this beer that really defies any classification...its big and boozy - the alcohol smacked me right in the face...belgian characteristics drive the flavor profile - brown candy sugar, lots of belgian sweetness, floral hops, smooth malt. A very nice beer from furthermore who continues to earn high marks in my book

mouthfeel: smooth and full bodied, strong alcohol

drinkability: ok

dirtylou, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of cokes
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This really isn't a Belgian IPA, and doesn't claim to be, but that's the nearest jumping off point here on BA. This would otherwise squarely fit in the "experimental" category. Also, this needs to warm up to at least 50 degrees for full effect..straight out of the fridge doesn't work as well.

It pours ominously dark for a cross examination of three types of pale ales, a barely translucent deep mahogany trimmed with a trim and sticky beige foam.
The nose is broad and seems to bring a kaleidoscopic array of aromas with each sniff. Pineapple, plantain, rusted tin, black tea, lime leaves, almonds, mushrooms, aged sugar cane rum, liquorice, crystallized ginger... It's more obtuse than acute, and specific flavors are blurred, but it smells delicious. And it does smell strong, but that's not a turn off here.
Into the mouth, there a swelling rock candy sweetness that ebbs fruitier towards clementines, star fruit, underipe bananas, and kiwi. It transitions towards grain, but meanders first through something that seems barrel aged (though it absolutely is not, and thus is a thousand times more impressive), with it distinct notions of vanilla, toasted coconut, burnt caramel, and hazelnuts...and booze itself, and I'll get back to this in a bit. Grain takes over with doughy and nutty and spicy qualities that moderate the middle sections, and the booze starts to flare, giving it a rye whiskey lean. Likemind hops hit with spearmint, evergreen sap, lime juice, metallics, and dried herbs. The continuing lime and mint hop traits mingle with a transformed and forward rum-like booziness to create a lasting Mojito impression. It's 8.5% is worn up front, and is entirely integral to the taste.
It's medium-full build with small-beaded steady carbonation makes this drinkable despite the insistence of its ABV. It coats the mouth, then begs to be coated anew. Make no mistake, the strength is tasted. But like a great liquor, when it tastes this good, it only matters in how much trouble you'll get into.
As experiments go, this is a Platinum medal. All my preconceived notions were way off. I've never had anything like it, and I love it. This isn't a Belgian IPA, it's not Farmhouse anything, it's not even what they call it "a mash up of English American,and Belgian Pales".
It is what it is.
Perhaps "Ridiculously Fucking Innovative" and "a Motherfucking Revelation" could not be approved for the label, so they had to tag it somewhat lamer.
But as such, it succeeds tremendously and is an absolute must try for everyone that can find it (even at about $11-$12 a sixer). And don't let sticker shock balk you, buy all you can find.
With all this discovery, I'm not even sure how to rate it, and my initial numbers calculated out to a 4.85. That seemed high at first, now the present 4.55 seems embarrassingly conservative. This could be the jewel in any brewery's crown.
Whatever the math works out to, it is fantastic, and certainly cements Furthermore as a brewery to watch for (and buy from) amongst its better known regional peers.

Update 5/26/08:
5 months have seen the hops wither some and more familiar fruits (yellow apples and pears and figs) take control. It has moved past most of the raw rogueness that made me love it so much and melded into something akin to a well-hopped Dubbel. For those that thought the alcohol was a bit rough, it has begun to smooth out and will enjoy it more now.
But I was stricken with its brashness and I feel like it's losing its edge.
Still, though, it's very good, and I'm only nitpicking.

Update 11/24/08:
Trying one of this year's batch alongside one that's been aged a year. The fresh stuff is phenomenal and affirms my initial thoughts and ratings...the older stuff just good-ish at this point, and something like a dubbel / old ale cross...but without some of the depth that that description might hint at.
The hops seem to die quickly here, and they truly make this beer.
Don't bother aging any and get it as fresh as you can. It's a mindfuck then...and only then.

cokes, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six at Riley's here in Madison for $11.99. Always a pleasure to see a new one from Furthermore, who have put together a pretty impressive line-up in its short time on the market.

Described as "A single-batch conflagration of English-, American-, and Belgian-Style Pales".

Pour: dark amber-mahogany, nearly opaque under a finger of khaki foam that fades to a spotty coating and ring.

Nose: fragrant and floral hops, sweet, sugary, passion fruit esters, light musty yeast and whiff of alcoholic vapor.

Taste: herbal/metallic English hops, citrusy American varieties, syrupy sweet candy sugar, spicy Belgian yeast and a hearty alcohol burn.

Feel: viscous with a biting effervescence typical of many American-Belgians.

Drinkability/Overall: a cool concept from an innovative local brewery. Brash and rough around the edges, there's a lot going on here and I like most of it. Truly blurs the boundaries of style in a way we will be seeing more and more in the future of American craft beer.

Golden2wenty1, Jan 11, 2008
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Makeweight from Furthermore Beer
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