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Local Species - Blue Mountain Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jgreenearrow on 06-21-2012

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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served deep amber color with a one finger of white colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a light of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a candied sugar smell mixed with some other aromas of a bready smell. Mixed with these are some more yeasty aromas as well as some aromas of lighter fruits with apricot, pear, and peach all there. Overall it has a rather sweet but pleasant Belgian pale ale aroma.

Taste – The taste begins sweet with tons of Belgian candied sugar tastes and lots of lighter fruit flavors of peach, pear, and apricot. A bit of a bready taste is present from the start as well, with it losing ground as the taste advances on. The fruit and the sweet remain relatively constant throughout however, with the loss of breadiness leaving the beer a bit more on the sweet side in the end. Along with the loss of the bread, comes some lighter hop flavors of a grassy and herbal nature as well as some hints of spice, which when combined with the other flavors end up leaving a rather sweet and fruity Belgian pale ale flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side for a brew of only 6.6% adv. with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the sweet flavors of the brew the thick body and lower carbonation really accentuated these flavors and made it a little cloying at times, but overall it was still alright as it never become too obnoxious.

Overall – A rather tasty and sweeter Belgian Pale ale. Quite nice overall and one I would certainly do again.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle poured into teku
A- cloudy caramel color with a quick two finger off white head
S- very earthy, dirty, vegetable, some belgian yeast, caramel, hints of dark fruit
T- plenty of earthy saison barnhouse flavors, dark fruit, a nice oak backbone, finishes with a grassy malt flavor, slight warm hop presence, dry
M- a decent amount of carbonation, dry throughout
O- what a weird ass beer. I like how unique it is but it's not something I'd buy regularly. There are a lot of unique and complex balances between a saison funk and barrel aged malty ale. The only beer I could ever relate to this would be fantôme noir but this is a lot better (less sweet, less fruity). This brew is labeled correctly --- experimental sort of ale--- yeah weird but entertaining for your taste buds and definitely worth trying at least once.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Foamy, 1.5 finger off-white head that is fed constantly from the bottom of the glass, giving an almost infinite head. The beer itself is a cloudy, dark copper color.

S: Sweet caramel, yeast, and a biscuity smell. Not as much of the bourbon as I would have expected, though there is a slight woodiness to the aroma.

T: Not nearly the amount of sweetness that I expected from the aroma. Bready, a little oaky, and a slight hop bitterness on the finish. There is something a little metallic about it as well. Still not much in the way of bourbon.

M: Moderate body, decent amount of carbonation.

O: Honestly, the flavor seems a little... confused. It's not solidly Belgian-style, or a pale ale, or a bourbon barrel aged beer, which can be a good thing, when the flavors come together, but they really don't in this case. Still a good beer, but sometimes simpler is better.

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Local Species from Blue Mountain Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.