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Tunnel Vision - New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

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BA SCORE
86
very good

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 18.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: potable on 01-08-2005)
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Reviews by oracle:
Photo of oracle
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh.... the first draft off a new keg of Tunnel Vision. Perhaps my favorite beer, definately my favorite witbier. Once again, thank you Mr. Borchers.

this was actually a growler filled from a freshly tapped keg. It was consumed about 24 hours after being poured. There was significant sediment in the bottom of the growler. As is my custom with wheat beers (although it drives some purists nuts), I swirled a little of the sediment into the beer while pouring.

Beer pours a very cloudy golden honey yellow, tinged with hints of orange. A beautiful 1-2 inch head crowns the top of my shaker style glass.

Smell was heavenly, warm yeast notes and sweet fruit.
Tasted great, as always. Drinks refreshing clean and suprisingly dry for a witbier. Strong notes of fruit in the flavor, especially banana and orange.

Just outstanding.

oracle, Jan 10, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a dense glowing caramel-brown body with a creamy light tan head that last and last, sticking to the glass in register marks with each sip. A wall of microbubbles pop to the surface.

S- The slightly dry rich caramel malt blends with a Belgian yeast ester that is almost spicy and a dry white cheese rind note finishes the aroma.

T- the rich slightly dry fresh toasted malt flavor has some softer sweetness with raw honey flavors and a rich caramel finish. There is a yeasty ester of dried fruit in the finish with a gentle sweetness that lingers.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and a gentle alcohol heat and gentle fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has great fresh flavors with nice barleywine characters and nice Belgian strong dark ale characters from the yeast. This beer was big and complex but very drinkable.

rhoadsrage, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of weonfire
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

weonfire, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark chestnut color. Very thick looking, and rich. A nice, thickish head, mostly an off-white with some orange hues. Very fluffy. Good retention, nice creamy finish.

Malty backbone, rich fruity scents, a slight bit of chocolate and some alcohol.

Malt forward taste. Caramel and chocolate mix well with the dark ripe fruit. Funky Belgian yeast gives it a twang. A bit of alcohol and some pepper spice. Only a flash of hops, just enough to keep the beer honest.

Full-bodied. Slight carbonation. Fruity sweet. Slight tartness. Heat from the alcohol and spice from the peppery yeast. Everything is well-balanced and plays nicely with others.

One of the best American versions of a Belgian that I've had. Lots of flavor and good taste, high alcohol that isn't too aggressive, easy on the palate and a good sipper. Excellent beer.

RickS95, Aug 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

freewill35, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

cwd, Jun 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

smellandsip37, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not sure how old this is, seems a little long in the tooth though.

Pours a dark reddish copper brown, too dark to see through. Initial two finger head of tan foam, thin layer on the surface after a few minutes.

Aromas of stale bread and dried fruit, seems a little oxidized at this point. Belgian yeast is present, and a large amount of malt.

Tastes like an aged barleywine brewed with Belgian yeast. Slightly astringent, raisin and grape notes, kinda rough going down. Big malt breadiness, grape jelly on whole wheat or multigrain bread. Not overly sweet, but a chore to drink. Might try on tap to compare, but will likely avoid bottles in the future.

Thanks to Howard for this one.

emerge077, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy reddish/amber color with about an inch tan head. The head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like honey, caramel malt, oranges, candy sugar, and some sweet spices. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some rye and an earthy/musty flavor. There's also a lingering bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has very high but soft carbonation. I think it's a decent brew, and it's worth a try if you've never had it before. I'd like to try this on tap in the future.

bluejacket74, Dec 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

kilobees, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

lilsmizzul1225, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

MeisterSmudge, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this thanks to erric (Reddit), my first New Albanian and it looks like a new one from them too.

Pours a nice fizzy head of about 1 finger that is continually fed with carb streaming up (no etch at the bottom either), and doesn't seem to fade at all, but leaves a nice lacing on swirls and when it eventually is dissipated. The beer is a darker copper almost maroon color, not quite pale.

Nose is definitely Belgian, lots of fruits, from the yeast, a bit of esters, hints of raisins and fig, maybe even pear, then a light candi sugar and syrupy like malty aroma, a light sweetness kicking up some booze with the esters. A faint yeasty aroma comes through with a hint of spices and even slight citrus. A light caramel-y biscuit-y Special-B like aroma as well (even though there is no Special-B, so something else must be giving that).

Taste is pretty much what I expected. Nice malts, Belgian malts, with more of that light caramel biscuit and bit of copper reddish malt, with light candi sugar bringing a bit of sweetness. That all turns quickly to some warming slight tingly booze and plenty of esters. The fruits follow through quickly, with more of the fig, raisin, pear, etc. There is a hint of bubblegum as well. Those flavors quickly turn to a pale-ness, with a light bitterness and hints of spicy hops and a touch of a spicy rye, and some spices with a light yeasty flavor. Finish brings more of the fruits and spices, with some esters, slight sticky syrupy like malt flavor but drying a bit, and a bit more alcohol burn.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, tons of carbonation, and some tingly alcohol burn.

Overall pretty good, not very drinkable due to the heavy alcohol and sticky finish, but nice Belgian yeast flavors, esters and fruits are nice with a hint of spicy hops and rye add a nice touch. Tasty, but I'm not sure if I would classify this as a Belgian Pale, probably more like a Belgian Strong.

jlindros, Mar 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

MaseFace, Nov 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Trinkt, Oct 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

gunclubchris, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

TheConnMan, Jan 06, 2014
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1/5  rDev -74.3%

HopsMatt, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Thank you, Mark.

A: Pours a deep ruby brown with a thin, fuzzy head that bubbled away into a thin collar leaving no lace. This is a Belgian PALE ale?
S: Sweet candied fruits, candied sugar, maple syrup, brighter golden fruits, peppery Belgian yeast and spices, clove, and some medicinal are what I pick up on the nose. Smells interesting. I get some figs too.
T: Follows the nose with syrupy flavors of maple syrup, caramel, toasted malts, dark candied fruits and Belgian spices. Tastes like a darker, dirtier, version of a BPA. Flavors are syrupy and a bit burnt tasting. Apple juice and dirty dish water bring up the finish.
M: Medium-thin body, fizzy but soft carbonation, medium and greasy mouthfeel. Could be fuller.
O: I wasn’t a fan of this. There is something in there that just isn’t right. I could see what they were going for, but they just haven’t hit it yet.

scottfrie, Jun 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

MordorMongo, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of cnally
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Am I seriously the first to review this in six years? Did they just start rebottling this? Kind of weird and mysterious.

The beer pours out a nice mahogany opaque body. Larger bubbles comprise the off white head, no cling.

The aroma is a little off. Sort of musty and dusty--like an old attic. Hints of rye grain and a subtle slight peppery hop.

The rye detected in the aroma comes up large in the flavor, dominating the front end. Bitter, sweet finish like a barleywine. Very clinically acidic in the bitterness, a little astringent.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth, sticky and heavy.

Fairly slick and digestable but just not a fantastic offering. The bitterness is unbalanced with the other aspects of the flavor, everything comes off a little too musty and aggressive. Could benefit from a smoother rye/base grain combo and more hints of the wheat.

cnally, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

olafphysics, Jan 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

MSandahl23, Jan 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

phishbone23, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Lynn, Sep 29, 2012
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Tunnel Vision from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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