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Big Bison Ale - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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very good

150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

emwild12, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of chickenflea
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-hazed auburn. Half finger off white head shows poor retention. Light lacing on the sides of the glass just fall back into the beer. Ripe sweet cherries and raisin really come out in the aroma which I found to be very pleasing. Some caramel malt, alcohol, yeast and biscuit are in there too. The flavor is heavy with prune juice and raisin. The cherry component is actually quite tart. A spicy bitterness presents itself, but it does not last. Very little Belgian yeast notes. Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is average. Texture is watery.

This beer is a good take on the style, although it tastes a little "young." It is tasty without being too heavy.

chickenflea, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of 100200300
3/5  rDev -20%

100200300, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of MidwestBA
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

MidwestBA, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of justinp
3.75/5  rDev 0%

justinp, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Stiggy
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Stiggy, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of gpblackgt
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

gpblackgt, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Kahlstrom
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Kahlstrom, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -20%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of jewellrunner
4.5/5  rDev +20%

jewellrunner, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of ubenumber2
3.75/5  rDev 0%

ubenumber2, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.75/5  rDev 0%

TastyIsBeer, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of GabeQ
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

GabeQ, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Showboat66
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Showboat66, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Giggy
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Giggy, May 31, 2013
Photo of MickeyD
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean tulip glass.

Appearance: the beer's color was a dark red with slight carbonation, head was a little more than two finger widths and dissipated quickly.

Smell: sweet and floral.

Taste: nice nutty/caramel notes with a slight floral crispness.

Mouthfeel: Light and thin and maybe slightly flat.

Overall: I like this beer mostly malty with a little hop. I did find it a little thin and fairly close to the style.

MickeyD, May 30, 2013
Photo of 00chris
4/5  rDev +6.7%

00chris, May 27, 2013
Photo of Artjsantos
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Artjsantos, May 20, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Never saw this in Mizzou, but pick it up at Biergarten in Jenks, OK USA!

Pours a slightly hazed orange/caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Sheets of lacing & impressive head retention, never cleared up all the way

S: Nice whiskey notes, not much else

T: Oakyness, figs, dryness, a touch of vanilla & charcoal up front. Smooth whisky mixes with a bit of pear, plum & cherry as this warms, a little bit of taffy nibbling at the edges. Finishes oaky, with vanilla, cherry & a bit of sour mash

MF: Medium bodied, over carbonated for the style, but kind of helps with the big flavor profile, warming. Carbonation mellows out as this warms past cellar temp somewhat

An enjoyable tipple, but the dubbel aspect is getting steamrolled by the barrel aging. Easily the best beer I've had from these guys. I only bought this because Freddy ( the proprietor at the Biergarten) endorsed this. He did me right!

russpowell, May 19, 2013
Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

RoryOMoore, May 18, 2013
Photo of dtivp
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear reddish copper with a two finger foamy tan head, very good retention with heavy lacing.

Aroma of dark fruit, spice and malt.

Taste the sweet plums, raisins, with hints of caramel, malt and a slight spice finish.

Mouth Feel was medium body, light carbonation, crisp and smooth with a nice sweet, spice balance.

Overall a very nice beer, I wouldn't classify it as a dubbel,however, it was a very enjoyable beer.

dtivp, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

jheezee, May 09, 2013
Photo of sparrowed
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

sparrowed, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Minkybut
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this new beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice amber color and poured a really nice tight packed head that was tan in color. The beer smelled a little sweet but did not taste so. Alcohol while over 7% did not affect the taste of the beer like sometimes can happen. A very nice beer that I would drink again for sure.

Minkybut, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of greybeardloon
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No date. Fizzy head leaving some splotchy lacing. Fairly subdued on the nose: some sweet dark malty breadiness. Flavor is stronger, with dark dried fruit and caramel. Not unbalanced. Mouthfeel is bit fizzy, but I may be drinking this beer too warm. Still a nice creaminess. Overall, not a bad dubbel.

greybeardloon, Apr 08, 2013
Big Bison Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
85 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.