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Big Bison Ale - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.20% 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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Biff_Tannen

Missouri

2.3/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sorry, but this just didn't do it for me. Total molasses bomb. Supposed to be a dubbel but didn't taste like any dubbel I've ever had. This was unfortunately a drainpour for me. I really wanted to like it but just wasn't happening. Sorry Crown Valley. You make good wine but I'm still not sold on your beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 03:23:11 | More by Biff_Tannen
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jsh420

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours clear dar ruby with a 1+ finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells of fruity malts some xmas spice???

taste - maybe they should use some belgian yeast?? if you want to brew a belgian beer

over spiced tastes like an xmas tree

mouthfeel is good lots of carbonation with a medium body

drinkability is not good - this makes me not want to drink anything else from this brewery

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 04:24:42 | More by jsh420
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nbaradel443

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

02-27-2014 23:08:17 | More by nbaradel443
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crbnfbr

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

08-12-2013 06:15:49 | More by crbnfbr
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

10-29-2012 15:55:47 | More by sendbeer
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DB0Z


2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

02-07-2013 04:09:14 | More by DB0Z
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Sgbrown78

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

02-04-2014 01:34:57 | More by Sgbrown78
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matjack85

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I found this 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. There is no freshness date on the bottle and this one was in the discount bin, so there is no way to tell if this was a fresh sample or not.

The beer poured the color of buffalo hair but it only made 1 finger's worth of off white head that lasted about 30 seconds before dissipating to nothing. A decent amount of lacing clung to the glass as I drank it down.

Malt, nut, dark fruit, and alcohol smell. Nothing offensive, but nothing to make me say "ahh" either.

This is a very bitter beer - not dubbel-like at all. It's also lioght bodied instead of full bodied and loaded with malty sweetness. There is some malt in here, plum flavor, and a nutmeg/cinnamon thing going on along with noticeable alcohol, but when bitter hops dominate the flavor I can't rate this as a good dubbel.

Light bodied with medium carbonation and not sweet enough for the style it's trying to be.

I'm glad I only bought one of these as I won't be going back for more, although like I said at the top, I have no way of knowing if this was a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 03:33:17 | More by matjack85
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jwinship83

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle with no freshness information drank out of my st bernardus chalice.

A- this one pours out a clear brownish red colored body with a small khaki colored head. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind a wall of lacing along the edges of my glass.

S- the first thing i notice is how sweet this one smells. lots of sweet bready and fruity malts. mostly plum, raisin, fig, and apple. there is also some cinnamon like spice in here, which seems out of place.

T- the taste is different compared to all other dubbels ive had, and not in a great way either. that cinnamon like spice i could smell comes back in a big way. the bready malts take a distant back seat to it. the fruit i could smell is back, but not nearly what i was expecting it to be. there is also a lot more alcohol than i was expecting.

M- light bodied and thin. very highly carbonated. small warming from the alcohol. about what i was expecting given the style.

D- i found trouble getting to the bottom of this one, and i dont know what ill do with the rest of my six pack. the cinnamon smell/taste kind of ruined it for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 03:03:04 | More by jwinship83
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a decent foamy frothy tan head and a tiny bit of lace. Head mostly died down quick. Color is a nice clear amber red. Aroma is malt, circus peanuts, dates, spice, and funk. Flavor is about the same with a sweet bitter finish. Body is on the thin side with ok carbonation. Wouldn't go out of my way for this. Can see what they're trying to do, but didn't quite get it.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 00:03:15 | More by drpimento
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-09-2013 20:42:44 | More by TheMrFarnham
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100200300

Georgia

3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-30-2013 23:09:43 | More by 100200300
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jharris0624

Missouri

3/5  rDev -20.2%

05-31-2014 02:54:07 | More by jharris0624
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enfield249

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a copper red in color. The bottle was a gusher, and there is a about 1 fingers worth of foam that sticks around on top of the beer.

S - I get malt and some spicy hop aroma.

T - This tastes for all the world like a barleywine. More hop flavor than I would expect from a Dubbel, but all the malt flavors and spice of a dubbel.

M - Medium to full. Lots of CO2.

O - Not a bad beer, but seems to be off style.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 00:55:49 | More by enfield249
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I was gonna kick things off with a parody of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottoms", with "Bisons" tossed in for comedic effect, but I thought better of it (plus, it's grammatically awful). Lucky you. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear russet-amber topped by a finger of glowing cream-white foam. The nose comprises bread, red apple skin, mild honey, light maple syrup, and a tiny modicum of fig. The taste brings in more of the same, with the red apple and fig really popping now, and some semblance of brown sugar and clove finally coming through, the only hint of any Belgian yeast character we're gonna get here. Too little, too late, I'm afraid. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this is a limp excuse for a dubbel. It's not bad a Belgian-inspired brown ale (I use the word "inspired", 'cause there's hardly any real Belgian character to it) or something of the sort, but it just barely passes for a shadow of the target style.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 04:45:03 | More by TMoney2591
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this beer shortly after visiting Graceland, in Memphis, and heading down the road.

Much more of an amber hue than I was expecting. Not really sure what I was expecting actually. I may just be tired and thought: hey, that is quite amber. Nose is very much like cheap apple juice, though that settles and it is more candy like. Flavor is a bit too sweet for me, though it isn't so far out there that it's completely ridiculous. There is a dough tone to it that comes in as an accent. Belgian ales are hard to pull off. This one is okay. A bit out there. Some ironing of the wrinkles and a bit more definition would do it well.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 05:31:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

04-03-2013 17:52:18 | More by tbryan5
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Rwang

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

01-01-2013 20:25:40 | More by Rwang
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MidwestBA

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

07-28-2013 21:49:30 | More by MidwestBA
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Bartinator

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

03-26-2013 22:14:23 | More by Bartinator
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GabeQ

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

06-12-2013 21:30:16 | More by GabeQ
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CiderGoggles

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

11-03-2013 22:34:30 | More by CiderGoggles
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had on tap at Twisted Spoke into a pint glass...Pours a light brown that is clear with ruby highlights. Light tan head with low retention and lacing...The taste and aroma have the normal qualities of a dubbel but way too sweet. Raisons, dark fruits, tons of candied sugar present mostly. Super sweet plums and sugar dominate and make this uncrushable. The feel is really watery.

A typical American attempt at a Belgian classic that falls short in quality and execution.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2010 17:23:50 | More by jrallen34
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dotsonjamesg

Arkansas

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, ruby/amber color with a two-finger tan head of thick foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - the brew hints at raisins, currants, plum, and dark breads. The nose was a little week with this one, kind of disappointing.

T - The flavors of dark fruits hit you first with layer of bitterness at the same time. The flavors at first seem like their about to attack your taste buds but flavors wash away fairly quick and give way to a bitter and alcoholic after taste. 

M - smooth and semi syrupy. Not too thick or thin and a nice fizz. 

D - The box it came in didn't state what kind of beer it was. Most breweries that have "big" in the title, usually refer to it's flavor. This one, being a dubbel, fell a little short. Not to say I don't like dubbels, but I have to try one that really truly delivers. This one was good but I think it was a little over priced; $12 at AFEES. 

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 15:05:22 | More by dotsonjamesg
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: nice orange amber color with a 2" head that last a long time. Nice lace develops.

Smell: very little bread aroma with a hint of citrus.

Taste: caramel, bread, mild citrus, A touch of honey, and a mild bitterness makes up the main flavors here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness to start, a bit smoother and a touch dry at the finish. Short lived aftertaste.

Overall: a malt centric beer that is pretty straight forward and easy to quaff. I can see having one or two of these in a session.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 15:54:54 | More by Gavage
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Big Bison Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
85 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.