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Big Bison Ale - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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BA SCORE
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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: Vancer on 05-11-2009

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
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours deep, translucent reddish-brown with 1 cm of white foam. The foam dissipates quickly into a slight cap. Looks almost wine-like in the challice. Decent lacing.
Smell: Smells very bready and slightly plumby with a slight smell of booze. Smells sweet.
Taste: Slightly toasty, with raisiny, caramel sweetness with something reminiscent of dark chocolate and figs. This is followed by a pleasant bitterness.
Mouth-Feel: Slightly thick, but nicely carbonated. Nice carbonic bite.
Overall: Great job! This is a very tasty brew. The smells and flavored are tuned up strongly and in a good way. It isn't overt balanced, but unique and delicious. It isn't that often that I am impressed enough by one beer to be motivated to check out a brewery's other offerings; this is one of those times.

Big Bison Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
84 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.