Mandolin - Blue Mountain Brewery
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Reviews by JayQue:
3.78/5 rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear light copper color with a small, fast-fading bubbly head from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into my Chimay goblet. No lacing to speak of.
Mild smell of light fruit (apples and pears), a little hoppines but primarily Belgian yeast "funk"
The primary flavor is the yeasty funk with some pepper and possibly coriander as spices. There is a little sweet fruit here as well. This is a pretty tasty beer....don't really remind me of a Tripel. Some reviewers were calling it a Saison, which seems to be closer, especially because of the funky, earthy taste and aroma.
Mouthfeel is rich. The hoppiness and pepper andd a nice touch to the tongue. There is a little alcohol bite as well but it is well mannered. This is a fine light sipping beer.
I like this beer. Well crafted, if not a standard Tripel. More like an "American Saison" to me. Definitely worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
09-26-2012 00:42:09 | More by JayQue
More User Reviews:
4.16/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: pure translucent amber; scant surface film; little lacing (notably, this differs from many other reviewers, so I'm thinking it might be unique to this establishment)
S: yeasty, orange and floral, spiced, slightly earthy
T: Belgian, to me -- mainly that orange/coriander note, combined with the mouthfeel. Ever so slightly apple aftertaste, barely savory but clean. A sour/bitter tinge with some of the high abv peeking through.
M:Medium-bodied, coating, dry.
O: Strong Belgian-style Tripel. Maybe not showy on presentation (although other reviews differ: might be the venue and glassware), but As a note, Blue Mountain was present this evening and I got to spend some time talking to Ryan. The Belgian style is no accident, as they have a great deal of respect for the abbey brews, and brewed Mandolin using only barley, hops, and Belgian yeast, which is what conveys the sense of cloves and coriander, and their water is snow run-off from the Blue Ridge Mountains near Afton, Virginia, which gives their beers the crisp, clean, slightly mineral strength.
20oz / Pint Glass / VGP, MD
Serving type: on-tap
02-03-2014 23:55:07 | More by RandomExile
3.84/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle.
Appearance - Golden amber brown/tan with a nice 2 inch creamy, foamy head and tons of sticky lacing.
Smell - Sweet yeasts, grapes, lemon, pineapples, oranges, loads of spices, a funky sour note. A little malt backbone at the finish.
Taste - Very sour bite of apples, pears and grapes mix with a yeasty and malty backbone. Sugars add a little sweetness to tone down the sour fruits. Malts have a caramel flavor but are a little mute. Spices add a peppery feel and flavor. Finish has a lemon and apple tart bite.
Mouthfeel - Sour notes coat the tongue along with some sweet yeasts. Palate gets more fruits, malts and spices. The aftertaste is bitter, sour fruity and a little dry.
Overall - Interesting, the fruits are feature are sour and bitter, which makes this beer a little bit to get used to. Not a very balanced beer, the sour fruit flavor overpowers everything, masked the sugars and malts btu you can still get some of the flavor. Its still a nice beer, just a little different. Would like to see some more sweeter fruits come out but its still solid.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2013 20:08:49 | More by wvsabbath
4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours an amber brown color with a full, creamy head. Head has good retention and leaves chunky lacing behind.
S: Yeast, malts, hops - not much else to say but very nice.
T: Clove, funky, mild for a triple - more like a strong dubbel but really good flavor and balance. Slight sour taste throughout.
M: Heavy, but not too much so. Creamy on the tongue.
O: Alcohol disguised well and a very nice beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2013 01:17:25 | More by Oakenator
Mandolin from Blue Mountain Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.