Brix - Element Brewing Company
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
3.1/5 rDev -9.1%
750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.
bottled date: 11/15/10.
pours a cloudy, dull copper hue yielding 1/2" off-white head. dissipates into a faint collar around the glass very quickly; lacing in patches. mediocre presentation. nose is decent, if not exactly memorable. nice notes of sweet and caramel maltiness, a touch of spice, and candied sugar... there's a certain fruitness to it, apple cider-like. secondary notes of floral hops and booze.
flavor mostly follows the aroma. very malty with that apple-like presence; some spice, fairly alcoholic. almost reminiscent of an english barleywine; not quite, but not quite a tripel, either. this is decidely OK. drinkable but very middling. medium bodied mouthfeel with below average carbonation. meh. being charitable with a 3.0 here. JMO, of course.
bottom line for me here is that this is an average beer with an above average price tag. as much as i'd truly love to give a local brewery my ringing endorsement, i just can't do it.
originally reviewed: 04-04-2011
06-13-2012 21:26:14 | More by BostonHops
2.83/5 rDev -17%
Got this from a local beer store. I've really enjoyed all of the brews I've tried from Element so far. Let's see if this one follows suit. 750ml, bottled on 11/15/10, bottle 252 of 860...
A: A murky brown with a very tiny tan head that fades quickly to no lace atop the brew. Ok.
S: Smells of some sweet caramel sugars upfront with some mild hop in the middle. Not much else, ok.
T: I get a very boozy sweetness upfront. Almost like drinking a long island iced tea. A faint candied taste in the middle. More booze on the back. Eh.
M: Full bodied with a huge carbonation. Finishes with a sweet booziness.
O: All in all, this is my first real Element disappointment. There is really nothing to this brew except heavy sweet and booze. If you are trying Element for the first time, this would not leave warm fuzzies inside. Go for Dark Element as a first instead. Meh.
07-24-2011 03:54:33 | More by steve8robin
3.65/5 rDev +7%
Poured from a corked, caged, and paper wrapped 750ml bottle into 3 goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn and pops for the assist! Extra special thanks to jayli for this from our recent trade!
Wrapper dated NOV 15 2010
Neck hang tag missing.
A: The cork twisted out with barely a "puh". Pours a really lifeless looking dark carmel brown. Suprisingly a tiny wafer of khaki colored head formed before disappearing completely leaving no lace behind.
S: A bit of lightly fruity Belgian yeast and candi sugar notes that lead firmly into a big nose full of heavy caramel, vague spicing, alcohol, and carmelized sugar.
T: Exactly as above. We were able to eek out a slightly earthy/herbal hop flavor.
M: Slick and syrupy. Actually would've preferred a bit more alcohol heat to lend some welcome dryness. Way too still for the style.
O: Really glad I had two other people to split this bottle with. This is so not a Tripel.
06-08-2011 23:17:45 | More by GbVDave
2.75/5 rDev -19.4%
Very anxious for this beer and bought it upon release. Bottle number 49/860 and man alive, what a disappointment.
A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep burgandy pour. With a harder pour I got half a finger of head that immediately disappeared to leave no head and no side lacing.
S - Kinda plain jane here. Says it has beet sugar, I sure dont smell any. I can smell alcohol though. Some light malts, not really getting any hop notes.
T - Lots of alcohol on this one. Getting some sweet malts, and I guess beet sugar but who knows. Not really getting any hops at all, save for a super slight bitterness at the end. Tastes sticky sweet.
M - Waaay too heavy and syrupy. Like, cough syrup style. Carbonation is basicaly non existant, as is the case with every other Interval I've had from Element.
O - Element continues to experiment but so far I havent really enjoyed any of them, save for 6:56. Hands down my least favorite one. Really not liking this at all. Guess I'm glad I didnt try to age this, simply based on the subpar mouthfeel. A real shame.
05-04-2011 05:29:55 | More by rudzud
3.2/5 rDev -6.2%
750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.
bottled date: 11/15/10.
pours a cloudy, dull copper hue yielding 1/2" off-white head. dissipates into a faint collar around the glass very quickly; lacing in patches. mediocre presentation.
nose is decent, if not exactly memorable. nice notes of sweet and caramel maltiness, a touch of spice, and candied sugar... there's a certain fruitness to it, apple cider-like. secondary notes of floral hops and booze.
flavor mostly follows the aroma. very malty with that apple-like presence; some spice, fairly alcoholic. almost reminiscent of an english barleywine; not quite, but not quite a tripel, either. this is decidely OK. drinkable but very middling.
medium bodied mouthfeel with below average carbonation. meh. being charitable with a 3.0 here. just my opinion, of course.
overall this is an average beer with an above average price tag. as much as i'd truly love to give a local brewery my ringing endorsement, i just can't do it.
04-04-2011 03:08:10 | More by perrymarcus
3.6/5 rDev +5.6%
Pours no head, reddish clear watery maple brownish color.
Nose of sweet malts, syrupy aromas, maple and candi sugar, booze!, toasty malts, bit of floral honey and herbal earthy hops.
Taste is very malty and syrupy, little boozy, maple, light candi sugar, smooth and rich, light Belgian fruit, light honey, some herbal earthy hops, fairly bitter with a bit of a spicy hop.
Medium to a bit heavier bodied, syrupy, no carbonation.
Overall decent, but not really a tripel traditionally. Sweet, syrupy, malty, some hops, but no carbonation either.
03-21-2011 01:43:00 | More by jlindros
3.78/5 rDev +10.9%
A paper-wrapped bottle, number 241 of 860. From Julio's.
A: The tripel is dark, dubbel-like in its mahogany hue. Much darker than I expected. Pours almost flat, little signs of carbonation although a thin head does manage to conjure itself up. No lacing, just a residual wispy band around the glass.
S: The nose is boozy, very alcoholic, with peppery coriander and sugars running rampant. Light spices run through a nose that doesn't suggest the dark color. An intriguing start, although the darker body fits into a winter motif.
T: Very still, the carbonation a fleeting memory. That concentrates the spice flavors, bringing coriander and cinnamon to the forefront. Fruits, including apples, add to the sweetness but also drive the heavy alcohol. The darker beet sugars create a fuller dimension that gets a little hot on the tongue. Hoppiness is deceptive, hiding in the background until they bleed through with with a citrusy vengeance. That hoppiness really bails the ale out. A strong finish.
M: The mouthfeel is big, heavy with alcohol, spices and, surprisingly, hops. The slow start is forgiven by the strong finish.
D: Another Element whopper. Tone the alcohol down a bit, please. A nice winter tripel.
03-13-2011 21:42:57 | More by akorsak
3.05/5 rDev -10.6%
750ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Cool informative paper wrap, corked and caged.
Poured into a Harpoon LE tulip, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy coppery burgundy brew. Head quickly fades to a swirl, with bubbling around the rim, with leggy, slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and full of warm spices.
Taste starts sweet, then goes strongly alcoholic and fruity in the middle, with a hoppy bitter close. However, the powerful fruity booze carries through and dominates. Mouthfeel is low on the carbonation, almost to a fault, and drinkability is really just ruined for me by the one-dimensional flavor profile. This one needs to balance out some.
02-22-2011 01:25:14 | More by ppoitras
3.03/5 rDev -11.1%
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip. Bottled November 15, 2010. Poured, consumed and reviewed in a notebook January 8, 2011. Review transcribed January 9, 2011.
A: Pours a brown/dark amber hue with no head. The beer was poured slow as the label suggested. No lacing.
S: There is some maltiness present, otherwise nothing dominates. There is a small trace of something herbal or fruity but can't identify it. With subsequent smells, the nose picks up a fairly rough alcohol smell.
T: The alcohol seems to dominate this one, almost has a medicinal taste. Definitely can taste the 11.5%! The alcohol is more a taste in the back. In the front there is more malt than hops, and again, the more sips, the more flavors present themselves. It's something fruity or something sweet... hard to tell.
M: No carbonation, rather light. Slight after taste lingers from that medicinal quality noted above.
D: Probably can't happily drink a full 22 on my own.
Comments: Like food, I like to try everything twice to see if I simply had a bad experience the first time. As of now on a first tasting, this is not a go to winter warmer.
01-09-2011 20:30:49 | More by circlenine
4/5 rDev +17.3%
My brother got me this beer as a housewarming gift so I'm afraid I don't know the price of it but I'm sure it wasn't cheap...
A note about the cork: I've found that you'd better have a cork screw on hand to open an Element bottle.
Appearance: poured about a half glass into a small Sambuca snifter. No foam at all but a beautiful red-mahogany color.
Aroma: mostly caramely/malty and fruity like ale yeasts can be. If I had to be more specific I would call the fruity aromatics apple-like. There is also a hint if ethanol though not on an unpleasant level.
Flavor: this pretty much follows the aroma in that it is a nice combination of fruit, caramel and malt, and a bit of warming alcohol in the finish. The bitterness is noticeable but a nice balance - along with the alcohol - to the sweeter flavors.
Body/mouthfeel/drinkability: body seems lighter than expected for a beer of this strength and color, not to mention headlessness. Still I like the carbonation level. It suites a sipper like this and yet the light body keeps it easier to drink than some barleywines. The alcohol is well hidden.
I like this beer and it makes a good winter warmer though it is a bit odd. It's like a light barleywine. The flavor profile also reminds me of early homebrews. It has the fruity, appley aromatics of a cheap ale yeast used with lots of sugar and high fermentation temps and the color and malty presence that one gets from a concentrated boil and darker extracts. The nicely smooth alcohol presence, however, is something that the homebrewer has a harder time accomplishing. Anyway, a pretty good beer and I would buy it often if It were cheap but I bet it wasn't...
12-20-2010 02:32:33 | More by themoldycow
3.65/5 rDev +7%
Initially reviewed as a WInter Warmer, which it is incorrectly labeled as; it is actually closer to a Tripel, as it has the wort of a Tripel, the hop profile of a Barleywine, and the carbonation of a cask ale. It is definitely not a Belgian IPA.
Much like with their Altoberfest, with this beer I had some cork issues. Having learned from experience, they were overcome much more quickly. It's a little wierd, not having the name of the beer anywhere on it... the paper wrap only says it's an Interval Ale, and the bottle has no label... but since the folks at Element are trying to be different and approach beer and beer styles differently, why not?
Poured into my pint glass, I was surprised at the utter lack of head. Not even a ring around the glass. I see bubbles in it, but nothing on the surface. The body is clear, and a deeper amber tending toward brown. I know carbonation was lower by design, but for some reason I still expected more than there was.
Aroma was quite nice. I got caramel malts, follwed by a hint of spices. As I inhaled more deeply, sweet apples jumped out, followed by cinnamon. It reminded me of my grandmother's apple pie filling. There was a little booziness to it, but not in a bad way. It was more like a bourbon note, rather than just harsh alcohol.
The taste was quite different from the aroma, to me. I first got a splash of bitterness, then darker malt flavors, but no sweetness or fruitiness at first. After the bitterness faded, some spiciness came through, but not distinct enough to identify. As the beer sat, and as my palate became more adjusted to it, some sweetness did come forward toward the end of the aftertaste. The hops were present, but they were slightly overcome by the malt profile.
Mouthfeel was OK. Not very carbonated, which would have been welcome. However, their design was to carbonate this as a cask beer would be, so they did achieve that. A little syrupy in texture, even without much sweetness.
Drinkability unfortunately gets just an average rating. It's not bad, but I would have enjoyed sharing it with a friend. It was a little bit too much for me, drinking an entire bottle alone.
Sorry, Dan. It does indeed resemble a tripel in the malt flavor, and it's closer to a barleywine in the hop profile, but not quite. And it's not a bad beer. But I liked the Altoberfest better.
12-10-2010 03:04:04 | More by connecticutpoet
Brix from Element Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.