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Old Soul Strong Belgian Golden Ale - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Old Soul Strong Belgian Golden Ale
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jmkratt on 07-15-2011)
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3.3/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of superspak
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep golden color with a small foamy white head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, juniper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop/spice notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, juniper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, juniper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop/spice flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid Belgian strong pale ale. Nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop/spice flavors; and fairly smooth and crisp to sip on. Definitely needed much more carbonation, but it was pleasant and fairly enjoyable as it was.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.24/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BeerWizard
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found a sixer of cans of this stuff at Joy on 6th Ave. I was between this and the Upslope Belgian and read that this was brewed with juniper berries and thought that was interesting, so I figured I'd give it a go.

Comes in a black can with a pair of hands holding a rosary graphic in the background and "Old Soul" scrawled out in red over the hands. Looks cool. Pours totally clarified medium amber with light airy head of bubbles that dies out pretty quickly. I read a lot of reviews that said this beer has haze but these do not, and the other reviews were all from draught so maybe it's something to do with the packaging.

Get some tartness and herbal notes off the nose, a whiff of booze and some biscuit, plus some of that Belgian yeast funkiness. I can't say that I can pick out the juniper berries but I'm not very good at picking out specific smells unless something decides to hit me so maybe they are there. There is a sort of grapelike note to it which I usually don't like but it's very subtle here and I think adds another dimension, like grape popsicle. Flavor follows suit and I think it starts sweet and finishes dry, and the mouthfeel is lighter than I expected for a beer like this, but still satisfying.

Overall I think it's really good. Again they have this kind of hook with the juniper that I'm not getting, but I won't hold it against them. Maybe that's the touch of grape that I'm detecting, who knows. This is the first thing I've had from Crazy Mountain and I'd probably get it again because I freaking love strong Belgian styles that come in sixers, and cans to boot.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in Edwards, CO. Yellow color, decent head, looks nice. Smells sort of fruity, yeasty, Belgian yeast. Flavor is pretty close the nose and not half bad. One of the more surprising beers I had at Crazy Mountain given that so many of there beers were so bad. I'd actually probably drink this one again which I can't say for too many of their others.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Photo of mactrail
2.31/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an unusual light color, a faded amber, in the tulip. Foam and carbonation vanishes completely in less than 10 seconds. Mouthfeel is a little silky and utterly flat.

Flavor is quite light and a little like a woody cola. There is a little malty sweetness, but it becomes quite dry in the Belgian yeasy fashion. No hint of yeast in the taste, and the sediment is so tight the beer is quite clear. The juniper comes through as more unwanted bitterness. Overall it tastes like a Snapple flavor that didn't make it out of the lab.

Quite a disapointment is almost entirely unlike a Belgian ale, except for the dry finish. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

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3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a very hazed orange color with a nice fluffy cap of small-bubbled head that shows some nice retention and lace.

Nose is very Belgian candi sweet with some light fruity yeast esters. Smells like a fig with agave nectar almost.

Not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be and the snappy wheat gives it much more balance than I initially thought. Nice balance of zesty hops...I like this one. It could use a bit more yeast presence and a lighter malt bill, but this is a pretty good shot at the style and has some uniqueness to it. Glad the ABV is not any higher, seems like that would push it into the 'harsh' side of things. Good price point too. Mouthfeel is airy and smooth, carbonation is fine and creamy. I wont have any trouble polishing this bomber off myself, wouldnt be opposed to having another one at some point either. A nice surprise, CMBC has had a few pretty nice seasonal bombers so far.

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle

Pours hazed darker apricot, with a green olive oil hue, minor off white head, film and delicate strands of lace.

Herbal nose with tea, lime and Belgian yeast spice.

Fruity, citric, herbal with more tea and a slight lactic sour note. Then pepper, lime and coriander, with moderatly biting hops late.

Carbonation on the lower side.

Easy drinking and approachable BSPA. Nothing special, but easy drinking and worth a try.

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Old Soul Strong Belgian Golden Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.