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Benediction - Ben Middlemiss Brewing

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74
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13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 09-21-2010)
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jminsc76

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at High Times in Costa Mesa (apparently so have other reviewers).

Into a tulip, pours a white soapy head - very large - atop a blood-orange body. The head dies quickly and re-emerges just as rapidly upon agitation. Thick soapy legs as I tilt.

Aromas of brown sugar, cane sugar, some floral notes, grapefruit, and mild biscuit. Highly complex, medium-intensity.

Flavors of orange, lemon, grapefruit, yeast, some funk, and a bitter bite on the finish. The slight quantity of heat near the finish detracts from the rating slightly.

Mouthfeel is thin and light. Not highly substantial.

Overall, a complex and nuanced ale exhibiting everything from citrus to Orval-like funk to mild sweetness. (Note: I take mild umbrage with the fact that this beer is obviously mis-classified: much closer to being a tripel than a dubbel, but that's about it; my condolences to those who taste pennies and lemons in their version...) While it's mellower compared to many of the Abbey ales of Belgium, there are plenty of fruits and flavors to make for some exceptional drinking.

I would try this again, but next time follow the directions on the bottle of keeping out of the fridge until ready for serving.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 08:20:04 | More by jminsc76
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tykechandler

Indiana

3/5  rDev +4.5%

06-19-2014 00:54:11 | More by tykechandler
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark bronze amber with a fine one finger aged ivory head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of bready malt, light stone fruit, mild tartness and cardboardy oxidation. Flavor is light and tart with a rapidly developing metallic acidity, similar to concentrated lemon juice. Hints of funkiness and oak in the finish. An odd, tart Belgian oriented ale more similar in style to an American sour ale. This a style I don't really enjoy, but I'm not sure how and why this is not getting more love from fans of sour ales. Look and aroma of a well made ale, and it seems to be designed to taste this way, but a one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 03:49:13 | More by LiquidAmber
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t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

08-22-2012 00:32:26 | More by t0rin0
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notchucknorris

California

2.15/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this 2010 bottle about a year and a half ago. After reading the reviews, I was kind of scared to try it, so it's been sitting around since then. Finally decided to give it a try today.

A: Pours a dark and murky brownish orange color with a nice fluffy tan head.

S: Smell is not bad at all. Banana, freshly baked bread, fig, maybe some faint Belgian yeast, faint chocolate note. Smells pretty solid.

T: Oh no! Bad, bad, bad. I'm at a loss how a beer can smell this good and taste this bad. It's very sour upfront, but really not in a good way. A strange vinegary metallic twang punches you in the mouth right away and leaves notes of lemon rind, rusty spoons (maybe Salad Fingers would like this), and aspirin. Finish is bitter and grating. Avoid!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 21:13:11 | More by notchucknorris
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottled 2010.

A: mahogany color, clear, big bubbles when poured that dissipated quickly
S: sweet, slight hints of oxidation, diacetyl
T: very disappointing, vinegary, very little malt qualities, infected?, definitely not Belgian-style abbey ale of any kind
M: vinegar

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 13:03:34 | More by wisrarebeer
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crossovert

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz black foiled twist off bottle. 2010 vintage.

Ir pours a clear amber at first, but I swirled the yeast and poured it in and it became a bit murkier. The head is big, fluffy, and of white and leaves a ton of lacing.

The smell has elements of clove, caramel, bubblegum, and fruitiness. It is an oddball in the category.

The flavor is tangy with an odd flavor that is hard to pinpoint, maybe passionfruit. Lots of rotten tropical fruit flavors along with bubblegum.

It is a pretty goofy beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 02:19:23 | More by crossovert
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anotherpg

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow. Hmmm. Not sure what to make of this. Pours blood orange with a light head that laces down the glass. Smells and tastes quite sour. So much so it's like a sour ale than a Belgian. Mouthfeel. Hmm. Did I say sour? It's sour with an almost metallic taste, like a recently polished fork. I wouldn't recommend it unless you like, uh, SOUR. Maybe I need to age this for 4-5 years?

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 03:32:01 | More by anotherpg
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July2Nov

Hawaii

2.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish-brown color with a 1/2 inch of lacing.

Smell: Apple sweetness with an off - funky smell of earthy origins.

Taste & Mouthfeel: This has a very strange sour like taste (not in a good way sour, either). Very acidic. Hard to even describe the taste with the overwhelming acidity.

Drinakbility: Drain pour...plain and simple...drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 04:57:59 | More by July2Nov
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womencantsail

California

2.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one. It's not everyday you get to tick a beer from New Zealand.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: Tart fruits, metal, and alcohol come at you right away and are not a good way to start your beer drinking experience. For a dubbel, there are a ton of hop aromas, which is just strange.

T: The flavor opens up with a lot of metallic notes. The alcohol heat is not far behind and soon after that come the tart fruits. Maybe peaches or currants. The sourness becomes more pronounced as you drink more and this turns into sucking on a mixture of pennies and lemon juice.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high.

D: What the hell is this? There's really nothing good going on here and the overly metallic nature is not pleasing at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 20:41:53 | More by womencantsail
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augustgarage

California

3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The backstory behind this one and Michael Jackson's connection to it got my attention initially. It seems that this story is at least partially a fabrication, as the original name/label/recipe appear to belong to Keith Galbreith not Ben. There is some question about the legality of this release, not to mention the authenticity of its flavor.

In any case, it has reached our shores, and until such time that Mr. Galbreith is able to get the "real" Benediction to us, curiosity will get the better of me.

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

Turbid copper body with clear edges, giving the ale a stained appearance. Faint ivory head never really gets going, though never fully goes away either. Soapy collar and a faint raft obscure the murky depths. Sandy lacing fails to adhere.

Currants, golden raisins, and faint dilute grappa notes in the nose. Vague leather tones are in there as well.

Supremely dry palate entry, with a bitter/tart flavor suggesting pomelo pith, white wine, and grain. Light yeast adds some sweetness for balance, but no real phenolics or other complexity. Tastes somehow watered down over all, though the base is interesting enough. My girlfriend says it tastes like a pickle that was rubbed on a dog (or a dog that was rubbed with a pickle), "but in a good way." Weird maybe, but apt.

Rather too light-bodied, lacking any creaminess or effervesence.

Not really to style, and I'm not sure this will be worth aging, but I've got one put away anyway.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 04:21:00 | More by augustgarage
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DoubleJ

California

3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hi-Time has scored another Kiwi craft beer. From a 330 ml sealed cap, on to the beer:

Darkened carmel orange color with a fuzzy head of big bubbles. Solid frothing on the glass. The nose, weak. A little brown sugar and a little plum.

Is this supposed to be sour? It's interesting and unexpected, to say the least. White peach makes for an interesting flavor in this beer. Mildly tart, you could confuse this for a sour ale. There's also notes of raspberry. The malt and hops don't seem to be providing any noticable flavors, so this will have to do. Light-medium feel, probably a little light for the style and ABV.

A strange beer. I bought this because it was from New Zealand, not because Michael Jackson wrote about it.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 06:04:13 | More by DoubleJ
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. I was glad to see this brewed again after Michael Jackson spoke favorably of it.

The beer pours a hazy light orange color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some flowers and perfume notes. The flavor is lemons, flowers, perfume, honey, Belgian yeast and honey. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 23:33:30 | More by Mora2000
Benediction from Ben Middlemiss Brewing
74 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.