Blitzen - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: rapidsequence on 11-05-2012)
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Reviews by rapidsequence:
Photo of rapidsequence
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Neds.

Appearance: Pours a dark, slightly hazy red color that tends toward brown. Tight, finely bubbled head with good retention. Decent curtains of lace with each sip, but its not sticky like the best Belgians.

Smell: Its a very spicy smelling Belgian yeast, not unlike the Unibroue strain. Some dark fruit and a slightly bready malty aroma. Not a lot of depth, but not bad.

Taste: The flavor, like the smell is dominated by the spicy Belgian yeast. There is a lot more going on with the flavor though, with more layers of dark fruit esters and bready malt. It actually drinks like a much stronger, bigger beer.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is appropriately high, but not too much. Gives it a nice soft, creamy feel throughout.

Overall: Overall its a solid offering, but the price points on these new barrel house beers are going to keep me away unless one really blows me away. Especially considering that this is no better than the annual Trader Joe/Unibroue beer that sells for 3.99.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice deep roasted chesnut brown with nice looking but quick to fade beige head atop.Alot of deep cherry and dried dark fruit in the nose,like a few others have noted I pick up a little lactic-like tartness,a little toffee and unsweetened chocolate round out the nose.Mildly sharp in the mouth at first but mellows after a few sips.Flavors of toffee and brown sugar that melds into alcohol dipped dark fruit and spiced phenols that seemed to linger in the finish.Not a bad beer but it's not great,I think maybe a fuller more mellow feel would help it out alot.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of Shawner
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of DebDorn55
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rvajohn
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of wollefdoogylloj
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Goldndomer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of obywan59
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle with a picture of a drunken reindeer passed out in a snowbank with all four legs in the air.

Medium-dark brown in color with gorgeous ruby highlights when held up to a light. A 3 finger tan head leaving moderate and quickly dissipating lacing.

Fruity esters give rise to some dark fruit aromas with a hint of cherry or grape. Sweet at first, but then predominately tart with the bitterness of roasted malt. Spicy yeast rounds out the Christmasy effect.

Lightly peppery and drying, yet thick and creamy with lightly warming attributes as well.

Very pleasant interpretion on the style, though the ABV is on the light side. A lot of BSD's can be over the top to my taste. This is an easy drinker, and I definitely like that grapey taste/aroma that pops up on occasion. While being moderately thick, the low ABV and relative lightness, for a Belgian, make it borderline sessionable.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Sparcus
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Mattyb79
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was quite impressed with this beer. Poured from a 750 ml cork and cage bottle dated best by May "13.

Appearance: Looks very good, pouring a clear copper color with about one finger of head. The head retention was short, but left some lacing on the glass.

Smell: I'm pretty impressed with the nose on this one. Sweet, candied sugars, molasses, and a spicy Belgian yeast are the first thing that hit the nose. Some winter warmer spices and fruity alcohol notes come at the end. Quite a complex and great smelling beer!

Taste: I am really impressed with the taste on this. First sip made me think it may be too sweet, but as it warmed and I drank more of the beer, the multitude of flavors come out. I don't
want to go overboard with flavors, but I taste a lot of sweet candy sugar, caramel, a little nutty flavor, and some wonderful malt blend that fades into a slightly spicy yeast and some alcohol dryness. Just a touch of bitter hops comes through at the very end.

Mouthfeel: If anything, the beer was a little too carbonated for what it is. The prickly sensation was nice for the first couple sips, but I found it detracting from the beer as I got through the bottle.

Overall: I would definitely consider this a great holiday beer and I may even drink it on occasion at other times. Not sure how well this would age, but I had it with 6 months on it and the bottle says it can be cellared, so I wish I had one more to see how it was when next years comes out, but for now, a great beer!

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Blitzen from Blue Mountain Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.