Big Bison Ale - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
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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5/5  rDev +34%

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5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of Steedee
4.95/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me, the best "double" beer I've ever had is Licher Double Bock. Found only in Giessen Germany, and only at Christmas time.
This beer is a very close second IMO...
At first swig, I thought it could easily be classified as a double bock instead of an Ale. Its color is hazy dark brown, and the taste is malty, with a perfect balance of very mild bitterness.
There are some mild fruit flavors that jump out, and a nice warming sensation because of the high alcohol content.
A very nicely BALANCED and drinkable beer. Perfect on a cold winter day, and it doesn't take to many before inebriation.

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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Photo of woodychandler
4.73/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My thanks to my local in-person trader, Tone77, who keeps me plied with bottles so that I do not forget that beers other than in CANs exist.

From the bottle: "Brewing a Missouri Legend"; "Big Bison Ale is Crown Valley Brewing's version of a Belgian style Dubbel, full-bodied and rich with notes of raisin & plum."

The crown cap came off of the Crown Valley Brewing bottle and I was off and running. The big, malty nose was immediate upon commencing my pour. I initially had two fingers of tawny head, but it fell pretty quickly, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a bright copper, like a new penny or one of my ex's hair, with NE-quality clarity. I really leaned in for the nose and it smelled like Christmas fruitcake! Talk about truth in advertising - not only did I fully get the raisin and plum, but the bready malt and the yeast pulled together to make liquid bread in a way that I have not experienced in some time. Mouthfeel was dense and full and the dark fruit flavors were lovely in the mouth. I really wish that I could get some more of this one for the upcoming holiday season! Finish was semi-sweet, fruity, but not cloying. I have to admit that I was very pleasantly surprised by this one and highly recommend it to others.

Photo of BeerMePlze
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this at the Binnys in Lakeview.

Relatively new beer in Chicago.

I thought this was a fantastic, flavorful beer. Extremely drinkable for Dubbel style. Definately lighter mouthfeel than traditional Belgian Dubbels, but not lacking anything in taste or aroma.

I guess these guys have a whole line of beers too, I'm looking forward to quite a bit more sampling!

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Rosiex7
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of beerfan39
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of rrski198
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't know the style of this beer when i bought it on tap or reviewed it.

A: deep dark brown with fluffy off white head. Great color change within the beer as the dark chocolate color at the top of the glass fades slowly to a dark caramel color at the bottom.S: Woonderful caramel and brown sugar smell with hints of bready malt and dark dried fruits (raisans, cherries, prunes)

T: Sweet fruit right up front. Dark belgian yeast and thena quick hit of spice. Very unique. I think the dark fruit and funky yeast remind me of a belgian quad (without the body and booze).

M: Full and spicy. On the tongue and on the gums. Great carbonation makes the booze really pop. Very refreshing and leaves me wanting more.

O: unique, interesting, complex. GReat beer worth a few more tries.

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4.4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Vancer
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a cervoice glass, this looked good with the clear mahogany brew topped by a thick tan head. Plenty of Brussels lace left behind as I progressed down the glass.

Aroma was mostly caramel and malt, but the Belgian yeast and sugar cane really came through in the hearty quaffs. The finish added notes of dark fruit, plum and raisin. Still, enough hops and spice to balance it out - this paired well with the Bison sausage and hot pepper cheese bought at the Crown Valley country store.

Very tasty brew, you have to try it - watch out for the 7.2%, it's well hidden.

Photo of bnes09
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Deep caramel, toffee colored ale. Creamy colored head with solid retention and lace lines.

Complex aroma of dark fruits, sour dough bread and spicy hops.

Most prominent flavor is sweet caramel and dates. Underlying herbal hop spice adds a bitter dimension. And of course, the bready malt provides a solid foundation with an interesting sour character. Highly flavorful and well blended.

Light to medium body. Seems slightly thin for the style but adds to the drinkability. Moderate carbonation. Could definitely use a more sturdy consistency to match the depth of flavor.

So easy to put down! The alcohol is almost indetectable. Rich in flavor and aroma. An excellent Belgian-style brew.

Photo of acevenom
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Pours translucent toffee brown with a finger-length off-white head. The carbonation appears to be immense with lots of tiny bubbles visible from the sides of the glass. The head recedes, but a little remains on top to form a nice cap over the beer. The lacing seems to stick to the sides of the glass. The aroma has some breadiness from the malts with some toffee sweetness rising to the nose. There's a little bit of a dark fruit aroma that is typical of the style. The dark fruits that come to mind are raisin and prune. The expected dubbel flavor notes are there. The strong bready malt backbone is accompanied by some nice toffee sweetness and dark fruit flavor. I get notes of prune and raisin that I picked up in the nose. There's some hop bitterness on the back end to help balance this beer's flavor. The alcohol is pretty well-hidden in the taste. The body is medium to full with strong carbonation. The beer finishes very dry. This is an excellent beer.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crown Valley Big Bison Ale has a thick, fizzy, cream-colored head, a murky, lighter, reddish-brown appearance, but with a brilliance, when the sunlight catches it, a thin lace sheeting, and racing bubble streams. The aroma is of rich, sweet, fruity, bread crust, some booze, brandy, and rock candy. Taste is of all those elements, with specifically fig, caramalized syrup, and a noticeable, but not harsh, bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat slick, and Crown Valley Big Bison Ale finishes semi-dry, dessert-like, and sip-able. Overall, this is a most excellent beer and another winner from the brewery.

RJT

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/copper. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, slight dark citrus, toffee, slight earthiness, and slight caramel. Fits the style of a Dubbel. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong yeast, strong sweet malts, slight earthy malt, slight caramel, toffee, and hint of hops in the finish. Overall, good blend, body, complexity, and aroma.

Photo of jadpsu
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved this beer. Pours deep amber with an abundant brown head with decent retention.
Aroma has some roasted malts and dark fruits that come through. Deep raisin aroma is strongest.
Taste strikes a good balance with some fruity hoppiness. ABV adds some warming.
Extra dry with a bitter bite. Excellent ale, one of my favoites, but at $12.00 a six pack, I won't buy very often.

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Big Bison Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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