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Big Bison Ale - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Great lengths were taken to ensure its authentic characteristics. German and Belgian malts, noble hops and a unique yeast strain are all necessary to produce this unique ale. It is aged for one month; beer that tends to please red wine drinkers and is definitely not for the novice beer drinker.

23 IBU

(Beer added by: Vancer on 05-11-2009)
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

30helens, Oct 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

c-rum, Oct 12, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

mcdsports, Oct 10, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with plenty of carbonation rising to the top. The head sucks: not even a finger high (off-white in shade), yet its retention is still poor. No lacing either, natch. (2.75)

Smell: This has a significant note of molasses coming through - early indications are that it might be too sweet. Still, the dark fruits I look for in the style are there in full force, along with a subtle touch of Belgian yeast. Like I said, it might end up being overly sweet...but who knows, it could be totally legit, too. (3.5)

Taste: At first, some dark fruit flavors come through, with a kiss of tartness to boot. Afterwards, the malty flavors (molasses, brown sugar, and caramel) all appear alongside a small yeasty flavor and earthy hints. It seems to fall victim to the problem many American-brewed dubbels do - it's too sweet on the back end. Pouring in the dregs in seems to muddle the flavors slightly, but it also balances them better (read: the finish is a touch less sweet). Your choice; personally, I prefer it with the dregs. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It's relatively clean for a dubbel (before the dregs go in), although its beefier body relegates it to sipping territory. Carbonation is slightly low for the style. (3.25)

Overall: A fine attempt at a dubbel, but not on par with the Belgians. It just strikes me as being a bit 'boring'. But as I always say, it's far better to be boring than be flawed... (3.25)

3.28/5: Fairly competent, but far from great

ThisWangsChung, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

ironstein, Sep 22, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -13.4%

Teenzeus, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

pjbfromkc, Sep 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

ToddHolder, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Jame515, Sep 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Furley80, Sep 07, 2014
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Hellpop65, Sep 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

thufflife, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

12 oz. bottle poured in a glass. Medium head, dissipates quickly but sticks to the glass. Fruit flavor and candy notes. Malt. Strong earthy, floral aftertaste with a combination of sweetness and bitter oak/wood. An interesting, complex taste.

ENogueira, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

duds4suds, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

hoptician, Jul 20, 2014
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jharris0624, May 31, 2014
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Rosiex7, May 28, 2014
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Big Bison Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
84 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.