Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale - Epic Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.
Pours a murky brown with a khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, smoke, wood, and whisky notes. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a very dry quality to this beer with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance between the smoke and the barrel aging.
06-10-2012 04:40:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.5/5 rDev -9.8%
Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this bottle last weekend. Served in a Cigar City snifter.
Pours a fairly-clear light brown-copper color with a good white head and a bit of lacing. The nose has a moderate amount of oak plus some semi-sweet malts. Smoke is moderate. The flavor is similar. Everything is really muddled and "in between," though nothing is really off. The smoked character isn't too heavy as to be overpowering, which is refreshing. Light-medium body. Interesting, but probably not something that I would come back to.
01-19-2012 00:56:33 | More by Thorpe429
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
A: The beer is very hazy amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation near the edges of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of oak from the barrel aging are present in the nose along with some hints of smoke.
T: The taste is nearly an inverse of the smell—there are lots of flavors of iodine and Band-Aids from the smoke and notes of oak from the barrel aging and hints of whiskey. No flavors of dark fruits or Belgian Yeast are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable as it hides its alcohol very well. It seems to takes more like a Rauchbier than a Belgian-Style Ale.
02-07-2014 04:40:31 | More by metter98
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
Release #3; 10.5% ABV
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a very modest head that leaves just a few dots of lace
Smell: Caramel and peat, with a hint of smoke
Taste: Caramel and peat, up front, with the smoke building moderately by mid-palate; slightly sweet and smokey, after the swallow, with a hint toward Scotch whisky
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet
Overall: I enjoyed this beer, but I really think it is being mis-marketed; perhaps if they called it what is is (a smoked and oaked Scottish ale) it would score better
Thanks, Douglass88, for the opportunity
03-31-2012 21:59:48 | More by brentk56
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
The beer is brown in color with an off-white head. As expected, lots of smoke on the nose. Fairly nutty and a mild meatiness. Just a bit of salt in there as well. A mild sweetness of toffee and brown sugar. The flavor has a nice toffee malt sweetness, more than the aroma, to go along with the pronounced smokiness. Lots of salt, toasted nuts, and a bit of a woodiness.
07-18-2012 21:41:52 | More by womencantsail
2.98/5 rDev -23.2%
Served in a Duvel tulip glass.
Thanks to JayQue for this bottle!
Perhaps this would reach pure perfection if it were also yolked...? Either way, it pours a mostly clear magenta-ruby topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises caramel, candi sugar, banana, clove, light Band-Aid, and a small wave of honey-glazed ham after a little bit o' time sniffing at things. The taste holds notes of caramel, clove, black pepper, banana peel, vanilla, orange peel, honey, and a sort of bitter Band-Aid. The smoke isn't exactly pervasive, and never really achieves any kind of smokiness, just elastic strips that are used to stem the tide of blood flowing from breaks in the skin. All I know is that it doesn't taste very pleasant. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, an okay beer, but the smoke (if you can call it that) doesn't help anything, and the oak does very little, if anything. Not really a fan, here...just disappointed...
11-18-2011 04:04:04 | More by TMoney2591
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
Beer #60 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.
Release #15 says it is 10.4% abv.
Wow. A beautiful Belgian ale. Very nice wood tones, and yes, there is a smokey kind of thing going on as well. There is a bit of an alcohol burn, but it seems to mesh fairly well into the overall scheme of things. Bottom line is this is a very nice beer. Put some age on it, and I have to wonder how it would turn out. Definitely suggested.
10-05-2012 02:28:57 | More by RblWthACoz
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
a smoked Belgian? I wasn't sure what to make of this one, a seemingly strange fusion between the german rauch style and the Belgian yeast was sure to be strange, and this indeed is a stranger. pours a light brown shade, cloudy, with only a thin film of tan suds. the nose is Belgian yeasty, some bright plantain fruity flavors, but also that classic biscuit dry crumbly spicy teacake sort of vibe. plenty of smoke, sweeter smoke, some toffee and caramel, nutty too like a good brittle. the oak isn't as strong in the nose as it is in the taste, the whole back end of this is whiskey soaked and really vanilla heavy, especially as it warms. the smoke flavor is rather mild and despite my hesitance, actually matches up very well with the Belgian yeast. the alcohol is nowhere to be found, which is nice, it allows the complex flavors to not be disturbed. the finish is long and yeasty, with a campfire feel. low carbonation is still just enough, and the texture is soft. overall a very interesting combination of flavors, im not sure its balanced perfectly, but I really like the idea behind this one. went well with some cheese steal pizza, and I can think of a range of other food pairings. for the adventurous palate.
03-10-2013 16:40:28 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.
A smoked Belgian beer? What is not to love about that?
The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the meaty smoke, but there is also a little bit of toffee hidden in there. The flavor is toffee, caramel, heavy smoke, meat and BBQ. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
I really couldn't get any Belgian characteristics out of this beer, but the smoke is very well done.
11-24-2010 07:22:41 | More by Mora2000
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
From 01/15/12 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one.
a - Pours a medium amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of fruity malts, light spice, smoked malts, peat. Less smoked than I was expecting, and decently fruity.
t - Tastes of smoked malts, smoked bacon, fruity malts, caramel, toasted and roasted malts. Much more smoke here than in the nose.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
o - Overall a decent smoked beer. Nose isn't overpowering, and has some nice fruit, and then the taste hits you with a ton of smoke. Worth checking out if you liked smoked beers.
01-23-2012 21:33:30 | More by mdfb79
2.45/5 rDev -36.9%
1 pint 6 fluid ounce brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in Los Angeles, California. Expectations are below average; I had a beer from this brewery before and I wasn't too keen on it.
Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a somewhat pathetic head of a quarter finger, white colour, hardly any cream, decent thickness, and awful retention (even for the high ABV). Colour is a somewhat dark grapefruit-amber. Nontransparent but not opaque. Some floating yeast particles are visible.
Sm: Oak dominates the aroma, with yeast and hints of cherries. Some peat but not quite smoke. A strange off-the-wall aroma that is intriguing but not quite appealing. A mild strength aroma.
T: Some cherry juice notes that are far too strong and tart for the balance. Misplaced oak tones. Awkward peat. Vague fruit esters. A hint of alcohol. No yeast. The peat is too strong. Clean malts are backgrounded. Poorly constructed and badly balanced. The cherry feels artificial and is badly handled. Almost a bit vinegary. No layering, complexity, or subtlety. It's as though the brewers are using all these advanced brewing processes without having mastered the basics. Where's the balance?
Mf: Smooth and wet. Weak and thin. Not carbonated enough. Badly handled. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well at all.
Dr: What is with all the hype for this brewery? This is the second beer from them I've had that I haven't liked at all. Pricey for its limited quality. A big disappointment. I won't be purchasing another Epic Brewing beer unless it's recommended by a friend, has fantastic reviews, or is the only good option. Hard to drink because it's not good. Not quaffable. I wouldn't recommend this to friends or even to fans of the style. A terrible waste of advanced brewing methods and time.
04-07-2012 07:05:02 | More by kojevergas
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours an opaque dark mohogany/chestnut brown color with dark ruby edges. Thin half finger off white head that immediately fades. Minimal lace.
Earthy oak aroma with smokey malt notes underneath. Hints of charcoal, bacon, BBQ and butane along with caramel sweetness and toasted oak. The barrel aging tones down smoke but adds complexity to the nose.
Medium bodied with a really nice balance of earthy, toasted oak, burnt wood and vanilla along with smoked malt notes. Hints of charcoal, campfire, bacon and caramel sweetness. Sweetness and oak balance out extreme smoked notes very well. Good amount of alcohol heat in the finish. Well balanced and pretty tasty.
07-03-2011 16:42:58 | More by corby112
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
Clear brown colored beer with a near nonexistent tan colored head.
Smells fruity and smoky with a slight whiskey scent. Scent of grape and Applejack with a little vanilla and caramel.
Starts out sweet and smoky. Slight sensation of salt and the flavor of scotch whiskey. Abundant chest warmth. Slight apple flavor. Very smoky frankly this could pass for a Rauchbier. Just one thing sums up the taste of this beer "Scotch Whiskey."
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall this beer is Smoke in a Bottle. If you like Scotch you will like this.
02-01-2014 02:39:23 | More by Zorro
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.53/5 rDev -9%
Pours a copper amber color. A layer of beige head with a little bit of lace left.
Aroma: Smoke and some roasted malts. Liquid bacon. A hint of whiskey and some oak. Light spice.
Taste: Much like the nose, but more bacon flavors. The whiskey adds a nice layer. Fairly oaky. Campfire smoke. Where are the Belgian flavors?
Mouthfeel: Smoked and dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more smoked flavors.
Overall, this was a decent beer, but I would have never guessed this to be a Belgian. It reminds me more of a German rauchbier. Decent stuff.
06-11-2011 01:10:28 | More by mothman
Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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