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Boysen - The Commons Brewery

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Reviews: 7
Hads: 36
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 31.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Commons Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: vkv822 on 02-19-2013

Brewed for the 2012 Holiday Ale Fest, this was a Imperial Belgian Porter fermented with our yeast from De Dolle Brouwers, then finished with Boysenberries in the brite tank.
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Reviews: 7 | Hads: 36
Photo of cpetrone84
2.4/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pour is really dark almost black and opaque with a light tan head. Nose has a faint grain, a bit of sweet malt, some stale grain, a slight plastic caramel aroma, and faint touch of berry. Flavor is overly sweet and malty, candied sugars and stale grains, light farmhouse yeast and some dark fig and berry in the finish but tastes sugary. Full bodied with high carb.

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Photo of nickfl
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is an interesting and unique beer, but not in a good way. The appearance is pleasant enough, dark with a good head. The aroma is also fine, one dimensional with strong, but bland fruit, but not offensive. It is only when you taste it that you realize you have made a grave mistake. There is nothing but fruit here and while huge loads of fruit character can be great in certain beers, when executed properly, this is just not right. The berries are cloying, syrupy sweet and dull, lacking in any acidity (or anything else for that matter) that would balance or make the fruit pop. It would make a better berry soda than beer and it would still be an awful soda, it is like drinking artisinal, locally made boysenberry cough syrup. To be clear, this seems more like a failure of vision than a failure of execution; I think they made exactly what they intended, its just something that never should have been made.

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Photo of vkv822
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

on-tap @ Belmont Station.
taster glass, from notes.

"Boysen is a dark, strong, malt forward Belgian ale with dark fruits added during maturation. Chocolate notes create a foundation for the boysenberries and yeast esters to ride on."

Black, with a creamy, light tan head.

The aroma has berries upfront with a light chocolate backing.

Again, berries upfront in taste, but with a more prominent/balanced dark chocolate malt profile.

Medium+ body with mild, prickly carbonation.

The boysenberries really blend nicely with the chocolate malt character. The ABV is really noticeable, despite being so high.

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich and malty with an excellent berry flavor. I'd call this a fruit flavored beer rather than any sort of Belgian style. There is a little of the dry yeasty finish, but not much Belgian flavor. Color is a murky purply brown.

It's very malty but not overly sweet. Quite sippable and strong, but the alcohol doesn't detract from the pleasure. An interesting example of the really big fruit brew. from the 750 capped (thank you) bottle purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland.

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Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pretty, big head, good retention, some lacing
S: fruity roasted malts
T: on par with the smell, very fruity back end
M: right where it should be for this beer, can't believe the ABV is right
O: very good dark fruity beer. Glad I tried it for sure

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Photo of dirtylou
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap @ the brewery

Served in a Commons tulip - very dark, minimal head. Nicely layered beer - chocolate, berry, yeasty esters, booze. I thought the boysenberry was well played and was a nice play on the style. Would have grabbed a bottle, but this is tap only i believe. Nice stuff.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark purple in color. High carbonation.
S: Pleasant aromas of boysenberry, chocolate and dark fruits.
T: Sweet up front with sweet fruit and berry, carbonation and chocolate in the middle, finish is slightly dry with lingering sticky sweetness.
M: Medium body. High carbonation. Creamy.
O: A very good job of incorporating boysenberries into a chocolaty style Belgian strong dark.

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Boysen from The Commons Brewery
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.