Big Bison Ale - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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Ratings: 173 | Reviews: 62 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Texasfan549
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish brown in color, with a modest white head. Slight haze. Restrained smell...a bit of yeast and malt. The taste is a bit drier than expected...acidic and hop forward for the style. Still, a drinkable and enjoyable brew.

Photo of JNForsyth
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of 22Blue
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of beerfan39
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

A bit of lingering toffee and caramel. Big fan of this dubbel.

Photo of Beerismylifeblood69
4/5  rDev +7.2%

For the price, a great dubbel. The finish is odd, almost too bitter, but the IBU is only 23, so perhaps the flavor I'm getting is something else.

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of kplooki
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Mattyb79
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of rlb49
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of IpeeA
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Captain_Komamura
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Tafyob41
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Fordknox
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Fatty_Mccracken
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of 30helens
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mcdsports
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
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

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.24/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Big Bison Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
84 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.