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Belgian Ale - New Planet Beer Company

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Belgian Ale
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BA SCORE
74
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12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 30.85%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Planet Beer Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brauseboof on 07-06-2013)
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Reviews by JohnnyHopps:
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.59/5  rDev +27.3%

So this is my beer world for a while. When drinking a gluten free beer, one has to realize that it will be very different from the average beer. When you accept this fact, you may appreciate some of the nuances.

Appearance - The beer was a golden color with a soda-like intensity of carbonation bubbling about the glass.

Smell - One can detect the banana notes amid the rice. Obviously, you should not expect aromas of wheat or malt.

Taste - The banana notes are toward the front, before running dry and bubble -gummy toward the back. There are some beer qualities present. One might be able to detect a dry wheat sensation. The dry finish is pleasant.

Mouthhfeel - If this is supposed to give the impression that it is a Belgian, it is just not thick enough.

Overall - This is among the better gluten free beers I have had. But my message to gluten free brewers as a whole is don't stop improving.

JohnnyHopps, Dec 31, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
1/5  rDev -64.5%

WVbeergeek, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of aky13
4/5  rDev +41.8%

Going Gluten Free and having to give up beer was a terrible shock. As gluten free became a popular fad in the United States, more and more GF beers began appearing. I do not know if it is the nature of sorghum based brews, but many have a sour taste that does not belong in beer - although it works well with the Raspberry Ale also manufactured by New Planet. The Belgian Ale is excellent. Well hopped. AND, if you cook with beer (as in Flemish Carbonnade) the New Planet Belgian Ale works PERFECTLY!

aky13, Aug 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev +6.4%

d_brommer_nh, May 19, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -46.8%

DrDietz, Saturday at 06:22 PM
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3/5  rDev +6.4%

FreshHawk, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of silverking
2.59/5  rDev -8.2%

A- well, no head. It looks lifeless aside from a small amount of visible carbonation. It looks like!e flat ginger ale.

S- pretty good, it has some of that Belgian pale ale biscuit aroma. Some cinnamon, and mild spicy hops.

T- ummm, what is this? Watery... Some light hop flavors and then... Nothing. The finish is... Well, it's bad. It tastes stale with an underlying sweetness. The orange peel is detectable.

M- light, almost no carbonation. It has a syrupy edge to it.

O-... Not great.

silverking, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of JohnK17
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

JohnK17, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.01/5  rDev +6.7%

Striking the difference between what is Belgian ale and what is gluten-free beer, a new and pleasant taste emerges in New Planet's Belgian Ale!

Its turbulent pour brings about an eruptive champagne-like exuberance. It's high rise of bubbles stream to the top and pop upon contact to reinforce its champagne notions. But with its struggle to retain any meaningful head character and its faltering lace, the beer's lack of true malt structure takes its toll early.

Honey, cider, spice and floral character all emerge simultaneously upon the nose. The balanced scent rests heavy on the perfume of honeysuckle and orange blossom. With the lacking bread backbone, more wine-like tones of green apple and and acidity become the story of aroma as the first taste draws near.

Dry to perfection, the beer's soft sweetness seems as much from fruit as it is from anything else. Its light honey backdrop is woven into grape, green apple, cranberry and pear and really come to life in the middle palate. Trailing spice is delicately of cinnamon, but is also of clove, white pepper, white wine acidity and nutmeg. That clever mix is mild, to insinuate yeast contribution, but allows a spicy finish with echoes of fruit and spice in aftertaste.

Its absolute lightness is paramount from the beginning. There's no real malt structure for the carbonation to embed into. Therefore the carbonation escapes from the beer in a big ole hurry; giving a highly carbonic bite on the tongue. After which there's a long draw of mineral, water and cider until the beer finishes dry, spicy and warm.

Faring much better than many of the gluten free beer options on the market, New Planet's Belgian Ale hits its target well. Though its cidery character may be largely unavoidable- those apple and grape trends lend themselves to Belgian Ale quite well. It's still a far cry from the classic Golden Ales of Belgium.

BEERchitect, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of JSkone09
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

JSkone09, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of maketheheartglad
4/5  rDev +41.8%

maketheheartglad, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of brauseboof
2.41/5  rDev -14.5%

Poured a pale yellow with a light one inch head, which disappeared rather quickly. Had a mild nose, with a hint of honey and grass. The taste was that of an over sweetened beverage with saccharin. Tasted a bit of honey and some spices. Reasonable carbonation. Drinking this was difficult because of the overwhelming sweet/bitterness. This was my first gluten free beer, and it was made from sorghum and brown rice extract, so perhaps that is the style.

brauseboof, Jul 06, 2013
Belgian Ale from New Planet Beer Company
74 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.