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Evil Twin 9th Symphony | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by sk8man121 on 11-11-2011

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 44
Photo of Jonada
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of a creamy off white head. Good retention and lacing. Body is very hazy with insane amounts of visible carbonation streaming throughout.

Smell: Lemon, floral, white grape, pineapple, yeast spiciness, wood, apples, pear.

Taste: Sweet upfront with a light tartness. Lots of light fruits, grape, apple, banana, pale malt, oak, clove, with hints of vanilla and mint.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Soft, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the high side.

Overall: Really solid belgian pale. The wine barrel aging definitely noticeable and adds quite a bit of additional complexity. The price point for this is incredibly excessive, but if you're a fan of Belgian blondes or wine barrel aged beers its worth a try.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to BeerBuddy2122 for this one as a part of a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a thee finger every growing head that remained almost throughout the glass. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spice, fruit, wood, funk, and subtle strawberry. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, fruit, subtle sweet alcohol, wood, spices, and banana runts. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. After reading the description of this one I was already excited to see what it had waiting for me. It did not disappoint at all. A really complex and delightful brew for the style. The barrel adds a really nice touch that made this one really tasty and easy to drink. Definitely glad I got the chance to try this one as it is definitely in the top tier from the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color with some moderate amounts of golden yellow, orange, and brownish highlights giving it an overall color not dissimilar to apple cider (though a touch lighter). The beer has a one and a half finger tall dense foamy white head that reduces fairly quickly to a slightly mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of light and tropical fruits with hints of oak/white wine - white grapes, apricot, and apples stand out. Very light notes of spicy white pepper.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of pale malts with some lighter amounts of light fruit flavors - white grapes, apple, and apricot. Then there is a light to moderate amount of spicy yeast, white pepper stands out, plus the flavors of oak and chardonnay. The aging in the chardonnay barrels really adds/enhances the flavors in this beer, something that is more subtle than other examples where the wine barrel dominates the flavors

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy, coating the inside of your mouth. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall I really enjoyed this beer with the enhancement from the barrel aging- really nice notes from the chardonnay barrel that makes this beer better... The subtle dryness that is added from the barrel aging is very nice - overall the alcohol is well hidden and this is definitely a beer that I would be happy sipping on for a while.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that slowly died down and left a thin head covering the surface and a thick collar around the the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of tropical fruits in the nose along with some faint hints of white wine.
T: A balanced mix of flavors of apples, pale malts, white wine and yeast are present in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The wine barrel aging adds a slight bit of dryness.
O: I really enjoyed this beer because the flavors imparted by the wine wine barrel aging were well incorporated into the beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a big finger of frothy white head. Fades slowly.

S - Oak, vanilla, wine, tart green fruits, Belgian yeasts, some grainy malts, lemon zest, citrus hops, a bit of booze.

T - Oak, wine, vanilla, tart green fruits, grainy malts, some Belgian yeast, lemon zest, mild spices, some citrus hops, a touch of bitterness, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-heavy carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming, and lightly dry finish.

D - Great balance. The barrel aging really comes through nicely.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before date 2015, opened Aug 2012.

A - Light wheat brown with pink and orange hues. Cream cap of pure white head. Excellent retention and lace.

S - Dry, herbal lemongrass, light florals, and peach.

T - Wow, really nice complexity. Bright lemon, wheat, delicious white peach fruit, and a solid oaky chardonnay.

M - Great mouthfeel. Lively carbonation on a smooth medium/full frame.

O - A great take on a blonde. Well executed with great balance.

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Photo of rarbring
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clouded light amber brew, with a white compact head leaving little lacing but good curtains.

The smell has fruit components and alcohol, mango and thinner.

Starting with fresh white bread, oak, red currant and grape peel.

Medium carbonation, foamy small bubbles, soft with a dry finish.

An odd beer, but interesting.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, label says best before 2015. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy golden/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that stays around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells mostly like white wine/white grapes, along with some pears, tropical fruit, and a bit of bubblegum. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some peppery spice and some tart fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it has a good amount of soft carbonation which helps make this brew easy to drink. Not sure if I'd buy this again at $8.99 a bottle, but I thought it was worth trying especially if you like wine barrel aged beers. It was a good brew, I liked it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Best Before 2015.

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, orange-yellow body with a undaunted, surging, white head.

Smell: Slight bready, basic yeasts notes with some more vibrant florals, a noted hint of tropical fruit, with a drop of nostril-clearing peppermint oil and small splash of muddled wine from Down Under.

Taste: Modestly sweet candy crumbs amidst a yeast-clogged bready maltiness washed down with a tall shot of tart, dry white wine. Some underlying mint, a hint of star fruit, though the fruitiness ramps up upon warming. Lightly spicy given an added bite from the alcohol and strong carbonation present. Drying, fruity, sudsy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Highly carbonated.

Overall: It was fine enough. Neither particularly pleasing or displeasing, though, maybe it's best I lost the receipt for this one.

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Photo of jono311
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy golden straw color with a fine head on it.

aroma is very similar to a white wine notes of a chardonnay, white grapes, apple, maybe a hint of peach.

Taste- Like a chardonnay mixed with a very effervescent and clean tasting lager. and I mean that in a very good way. Fresh fruitiness from the barrel conditioning is very much in the forefront with a just a slight hoppiness to it.

mouthfeel- excellent effervescence and a smooth drawn out finish. very refreshing but the intense fruitiness and higher ABV make this one sipper for sure.

O- an interesting interpretation and one I would gladly drink again. high fruit levels from the barrel not exactly typical of the style but very interesting and tasty.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong, malty aroma has a decided woody, bourbon overtone that is clearly from the barrels in which this was aged and a firm, somewhat sour fruity note. It pours a slightly hazy solar yellow with a thick, fluffy and rather persistent snow-white head. Flavor is rich and fruity, having pear and sour orange components with a strong but not fierce alcohol bite from the bourbon. Firm, lively texture is quite fizzy and sassy, leaving a satisfying sour orange and malty finish with a decent tingle.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to Sherri for letting my try this, thanks to tb69 for the opportunity.

A golden colored liquied with light haze and fluffy white cap, the lace stickage is good. The smell is an odd yet entrancing blend of vinous, floral and tropical esters, mild spice and wood notes which give a kind of potpouri blend of earthy and fruity notes. The feel is strange while it has a Belgian yeast tang it still has some bite too it too, with lots of tannin and somewhat sharp accent.

The taste is more vinous than almost anything I can remember trying slight tangerine and mild herbal zingy hop taste with some wood and tannin in the mix, but mostly yeast driven with slight fruity tropical accents and the tanginess just lingers after the swallow with more peppery hops. Overall a good beer IMO, not great but pretty intense and really not what I expected. I guess it exceeded my expectations but for the price it is pretty much a one time purchase for me which is why I only consider it good overall.

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Photo of stakem
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle poured into a 6oz snifter. This brew appears a hazed golden color with a white frothy head. Patches of webby lace stick to the glass and a light swirl revives a finger's strength back to the surface.

The aroma initially is strong with a scent of white grapes. Included is a little bit of orange rind zest that deepens the fruited character. Some green yeasty inclusion is present along with some tropical fruits. A faint amount of yeasty spices including clove are present across the back as the brew warms up.

The flavor is herbal and bitter with a solid yeast inclusion throughout the entire profile. Some drying peppery spice mixes with white grape skins. It is tannic and lightly astringency/drying on the tongue. Quite herbal and bitter with faint slice of cloves and an overall earthy aspect. Once tge brew goes beyond ideal temperature, the grape inclusion seems to transform into something more along the lines of apricot.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Overall not bad but really not worth of the price. Lots of interesting mix of flavor, I enjoyed the vinous aspect but would have enjoyed it even more with less herbal bitterness to distract. I am thankful that a close friend has an infatuation with trying every Evil Twin/Mikkeller beer and he shares them with me but I'd rather spend my money elsewhere.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Nate for picking this one up. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A voluminous white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind minimal lacing. Hazy peach body.

S - Belgian yeast, oak, light smoke, plenty of white grapes and vinous notes, and unmalted grains. Very sharp and phenolic, with minimal sweetness present.

T - Taste is again overwhelmed by lightly toasted grains, yeast, oak, and dry white wine. Alcohol is well hidden, but the flavor is pretty harsh and fatiguing.

M - Medium bodied, with zesty carbonation. Super dry, with a riduclous amount of grain, chaff, and barrel tannin present.

D - This was a pretty middling experience. The beer delivers what it promises, but it's not a very enjoyable experience. The price is also ridiculous at over $1/oz. If you dig vinous Belgian blondes then perhaps this is for you, but I'd pass if offered this again.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger light cream head that fades slowly leaving an excellent lace. Cloudy light amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hard cider nose and flavor is tart citrus fruit. Dry finish. Higher ABV is hidden. Expensive at $13.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of knoblejunga
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Silvery Golden. Tight, lively, dissipating head.

S: White Vinous (true to spiel)

T: Mild-moderate sourness, from a vinous angle (ie no lactobacillus or Brett)

M: Medium carbonation, mild astringency

O: Love this beer, one of my favorites. By the ASTM rubric this is my favorite Evil Twin beer (have had about half of them), but how can you beat a name like 'Monk Suffers Serious Sugar Rush On Barbados'? Cannot.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just stumbled upon this; must be brand new. Per the label, it is a blonde that has spent some time in "Austrian wine barrels."

12 oz bottle ($5.79 at Whole Foods in Portland, ME) poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a mostly opaque candied orange with apricot highlights. 3-finger rocky head dies into a nice cap and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: White grapes, pepper, Belgian yeast, big league chew. Definitely not traditional for the style.

T: White wine is omnipresent up front, transitioning into the peppery characteristics that many blondes tend to show. Finish is semi-sweet and rife with oak tannins. Extremely unique.

M: Medium carbonation with a slightly syrupy, tongue-coating mouthfeel.

O: 9th Symphony is described on the label as being "the most vinous blonde the world has ever seen." One taste, and it's clear that this beer lives up to what it preaches.

Well worth a shot for anyone who enjoys Belgians that exhibit white wine characteristics.

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Evil Twin 9th Symphony from Evil Twin Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.