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Big Bison Ale - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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: 155 | Reviews: 59 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dtivp
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

jheezee, May 09, 2013
Photo of sparrowed
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

sparrowed, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Minkybut
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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 -2.4%
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
Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

tbryan5, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev +7%

jrohrbacher, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of JackRB
4/5  rDev +7%

JackRB, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Soomars
4/5  rDev +7%

Soomars, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Bartinator
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Bartinator, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of mcaulifww
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

mcaulifww, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Ford
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

I'm very excited. This is my first review using my new "scale of deliciousness!" Basically when I drink a beer I judge if it is delicious or not. Pretty simple. But for others, that might not be enough info.. as it leaves a lot of room in between.

So I came up with five delicious ratings.

From best to worst.

Magically Delicious
Delicious
Somewhat Delicious
Lacking Deliciousness
Not Delicious

This beer has the right deep brown amber color. It smells delicious. Taste is certainly that of a dubbel style. Not the best I've had, but certainly a good one.

I judge this one Delicious.

Ford, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Gavage, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of CarnivalDog
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

CarnivalDog, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of boudreaux
4/5  rDev +7%

boudreaux, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of DB0Z
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

DB0Z, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Kahlerbock, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Rwang
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Rwang, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of BeerDocT
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into ye old chilled tulip.

Appearance 4.0: Very attractive opaque, deep amber color. Nice, 1/4" head that dissipated into a foamy swirl that lasted the entire session.

Smell 4.0: Gorgeous deep and rich malty bouquet. I also smell low alpha/beta hops and caramel. Nice.

-Taste 4.5: Front is smooth and caramel. Middle is big and malty with hints of dried fruits and dark honey. Finish is where the hops pop up and then it dissolves into a fine and dandy aftertaste which accentuates the caramel and the malt. Delicious and well-balanced.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Great mouthfeel on this brew. Creamy and it accentuates the tasting experience.

-Overall 4.0: Excellent beer. Refreshing and at the same time nourishing and deeply enjoyable. Tastes light enough to be a pleasurable session beer, but strong enough to end your session a bit early if you are not careful. This beer is delicious and is highly recommended.

BeerDocT, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of kaunshelly
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

kaunshelly, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

ssimpson89, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of brewskifan55
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: A clear copper with a tan half finger head. Good retention. Significant lacing.

S: Dark fruits, leather, malts.

T: Like the bottle says: Raisins and plums highlight the show. Sweet toffee and bready malts. Didn't pick up the Belgian yeast.

M: Medium with great carbonation. Chewy.

O: Drinks more like a Belgian strong dark ale (which I love, anyway). Great with Pringles Sour Cream and Onion chips dipped in Sour Cream and Onion dip. What a taste sensation.

brewskifan55, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -19%
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 06, 2012
Big Bison Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
84 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.