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Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style AleSmoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Smoked cherry wood malt brings a smoky sweetness to the caramel malts and a bit of peat flavor with a Belgian-style yeast. The entire batch aging in the whiskey barrels nicely dries out the perceived sweetness of the caramel malt leaving an almost scotch like taste.

ABV varies by batch.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 07-11-2010)
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Jmamay22

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a hazy caramel brown with a thin khaki head. It smells of candied sugar, caramel and peaty smoke with a very slight yeasty and fruity background. A very unique scent.

The beer mixes the flavor of scotch and the qualities of a Belgian ale well. The beer begins with a flavor of caramel and candied apple. The smoke comes into play midway through and plays well with the candied sugar flavor. Even if only imagined there is a peat like finish leaving me to believe there was use of scotch barrels. Unfortunately the mouthfeel is a little thin and I would have preferred emphasis on the Belgian style with a greater level of carbonation. Would be niceif it was bottle conditioned with cor and cage, but that would likely increase the price and may not currently be possible at this brewery.

A unique and enjoyable brew. Along with the sage saison, I am beginning to enjoy this breweries unique style.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:10:56 | More by Jmamay22
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aztraz

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-02-2013 08:12:14 | More by aztraz
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-29-2013 17:32:43 | More by InspectorBob
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jsmith6051

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

05-24-2013 01:17:10 | More by jsmith6051
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nick_asian

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +16%

05-19-2013 07:07:00 | More by nick_asian
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MoistPope

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

05-17-2013 15:48:38 | More by MoistPope
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rhhjr

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-15-2013 12:07:48 | More by rhhjr
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Laklimell

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-07-2013 01:08:37 | More by Laklimell
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.7%

05-05-2013 23:00:32 | More by ejimhof
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-29-2013 02:20:43 | More by JohnnieNepal
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kmahe

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-22-2013 06:33:21 | More by kmahe
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ralphw56

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +16%

04-19-2013 21:54:35 | More by ralphw56
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +16%

04-14-2013 03:58:22 | More by bulldogg915
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bcostner1

Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Burnt orange with reddish hues. Khaki head that sticks around for a while.

S: Smoke, booze, vanilla, mild yeast.

T: Sweet caramel, vanilla, mild bourbon, candi sugar, molasses, a little oak, bacon and smoke on the back end. Nice combo.

M: Sticky, viscous, full, and satisfying. Booze mildly detectable but not abrasively so.

Overall, this is another solid offering from Epic. I would definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 23:30:56 | More by bcostner1
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Devinph

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-05-2013 05:26:40 | More by Devinph
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Gobzilla

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-28-2013 07:40:03 | More by Gobzilla
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gunpwdr

Virginia

2/5  rDev -48.5%

03-20-2013 20:55:24 | More by gunpwdr
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mrshoes

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-15-2013 20:12:02 | More by mrshoes
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 16:40:28 | More by StonedTrippin
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-08-2013 04:03:55 | More by SocalKicks
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roostor07

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

03-07-2013 15:41:42 | More by roostor07
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jdhugeloser

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-09-2013 18:34:12 | More by jdhugeloser
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Lugenbeast

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-06-2013 15:18:59 | More by Lugenbeast
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avisong

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-13-2013 03:06:18 | More by avisong
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TheBigLebrewski

Michigan

1.68/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Unappealing appearance. Ugly mid-brown, opaque shade that looked cloudy, even muddy.
Smell was an even greater put-off.

The drinking buddy pulled it off the tip of my tongue when he said it smelled like meat. I didn't get meat in the smell, but I certainly do in the flavor - cured, sweet meat. Indeed, the flavor is not too far from Rogue's Voodoo Donut, in certain ways. The Belgian yeast certainly maintains a difference in flavor, but it ends up providing the factor of sweetness that brought the voodoo to mind (which contained maple).

In my opinion, it's not smoky enough. The smoked aspect seemed to be what came through as a bit of salt, and even more-so meat. Which I wouldn't choose as a flavor in any sort of beverage, save maybe bacon bloody marys. The oak was lacking as well, being completely overwhelmed by yeast and malt, and, if anything, contributing to the carnivorous off-flavors.

I was pretty excited about this - I tend to favor both smoked and oaked beers of various styles, but the Belgian sweetness and the weak oakysmokiness didn't pair well at all.

Could the bottle have gone bad?

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 08:17:25 | More by TheBigLebrewski
Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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