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Borman's Belgian Ale - Blue & Gray Brewing Co.

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Borman's Belgian AleBorman's Belgian Ale

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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 22.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue & Gray Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oelergud on 10-20-2007)
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Reviews by oldirtycaffrey:
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a slight head and just a little bit of lacing along the glass. Smell is very sweet, spicy, fruity -- hints of apple & lemon. The taste is also very sweet and buttery; a tad citrusy as well. You can get a good hit of hops in the aftertaste. Pretty easy to drink for a belgian ale. Would love to know the ABV as this seemed to pack a good punch -- I'm guessing between 6.2 & 7 %. Well-crafted beer.

oldirtycaffrey, Jul 16, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of sellmeagod
2.17/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Apparently Borman was a Civil War legend famous for making some canons, and this brew is supposed to ignite your tastebuds.

It doesn't really, and the whole time you'll be drinking it you'll be thinking, "Oh isn't that cute; these guys from Fredericksburg are trying to make a Belgian".

But, at least it does taste/smell/feel like a Belgian, albeit a weak one. A bit of bitterness at the end sets it apart.

With no abv listing, I would guess a weak 5-6%, but that could just be cynical thinking. Maybe it is a radical 9% abv and these guys are hiding it well. Perhaps that would make the rating go up (it's funny how that tradeoff can make a difference sometimes with these regular tasting Belgians).

A good try.

sellmeagod, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of dmk91
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

dmk91, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3/5  rDev -9.6%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of asabreed
4.33/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: A nice darker golden color with soapy and spidery lacing around the top of the glass. Lots of carbonation and bubbles everywhere, which was nice to see.

Smell: Kind of like a mix between a Saison and a Belgian Pale with more hops. I like it. Interesting earthy phenols, maybe a bit medicinal, lots of sourness like lemongrass and lemon peel, some spiciness and Belgian yeast, some sweeter sugars and malt flavors rounded by a jut of juicy citrus. And almost like a Saison the way the earthiness tends to make its mark.

Taste: Much going on here, way more than I expected. The aromas come through pretty well. At first there's the hint of raw spiciness and phenols, with earthiness and mild medicinal. Then it goes into a bit of almost lambic or Saison-like sourness, with some mild funkiness backed by more lemon-esque citrus or lemongrass. Puckering and great. Rounds out semi-dry with a wonderful complimentary bitterness that doesn't make it like a Belgian IPA at all, but adds enough to take away the sweetness, which works great here. Lingering, spicy, earthy, citrus and sour finish. Way too easy to drink for me.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation to make the flavors come through.

Drinkability: A solid Belgian with some wildness about it. I'd definitely pick up a bottle, as I feel like some Saisons can be different bottle to bottle, the same may be with this brew. I'll definitely be trying it again.

asabreed, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of mxmcmillan
1.95/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Seemed to me like a failed attempt at a blonde, this beer really lacks any strong connection to many styles that pop out at the term "Belgian Ale"

a- somewhere between a brownish amber or a brown- yellow, not the kind of golden color I'm sure they would like to have gone for

s- the hops are really the distinguishing smell here, with some slight spices detectable

t- a rather bland start with a bitter finish you'd expect from a blond, but the in-between is lacking any real stand out flavors for me

m- pretty weakly carbonated for a belgian, though this may have something to do with my growler.

o- Disappointing. I came in to this expecting a very strong flavor and was ultimately disappointed. Nothing special.

I like supporting my local breweries and typically am pleased with Blue & Gray but this was a definite miss.

mxmcmillan, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: cloudy hay golden beer, nice color, white head shows average retention

s: nicely herbal hop nose with notes of soft pale and wheat barleys, dried sage, lemongrass, and thyme, yeasts give some phenols that seem appropriate, mild spice, delicate tropical fruits, varied and interesting nose

m: light carbonation, body on the light side of medium

t: wheat and pale barley base, sugary but clean, strong herbal hop flavors, yeasty phenols fit in well at first but turn a bit too far towards the "band-aid" side at times, a touch watery overall, gentle bitterness

d: no problem, a good beer for B&G's first Belgian, and better than expected

bomber from Whole Foods, Fair Lakes, VA

blackie, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of wowbagger
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very light with a very foamy head. Color is cloudy yellow.

Slightly citrus smell with hint of banana, but not a very strong aroma.

Taste; a lot of bite and a lot of spice. The banana I smelled is there and I can't detect the high alcohol content but that's mostly because of how overly-spiced it is. For my taste, this makes it a little unbalanced.

wowbagger, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of auxiliary
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Clear straw yellow, nice large white head when poured. Left some lace on the glass, and not much bubbles.

smell - Sweet spicey smells here and some hops

taste - real good belgian beer taste without the bitterness of an american pale ale.

mouthfeel - medium body

mouthfeel - would buy this again,

auxiliary, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to davidt for the trade...
Appears a hazy, straw color with a small white cap that slowly fades into a mild cap and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the sides of the glass.
Smell is of Belgian Pilsner malt, with mild esters of orange, apricots, peaches, and mild hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sugary and bitter citrus, along with gentle notes of tropical fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, slick with yeast, citrus, and a peachy flavor lingering.

weeare138, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of SGourley
1/5  rDev -69.9%

SGourley, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of hopdog
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle shared courtesy of weareafanoflongshotpliny138.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of citrus, fruitiness, oranges, and some spices. Tastes of citrus, spices, yeast, and oranges.

Notes from and tasted on: 2/19/09

hopdog, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
2.94/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Named for a Belgian army captain who invented a time fuse for Union cannonballs. Right on. This stuff pours a lightly-hazy golden-brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, light banana peel, green apple, and a light touch of cracked wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with the lemon peel showing a bit of fowl funk, and with some black pepper tossed in for what I assume they felt was good measure. That green apple character doesn't help things any. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an okay little thing, at best, but nothing all that great. I don't see me picking up another any time soon.

TMoney2591, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of ZachKelly
3.75/5  rDev +13%

ZachKelly, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of JayQue
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My son-in-law brought back a growler from the brewery. We had it at Easter dinner. Pours a hazy light orange/dull gold color with a small delicate bubbly white head. THe head fades quickly to a covering of the glass. Lacing is pretty light.

Mild aroma of light fruit apples and pears, some sweetness and Belgian spices. Not much yeast.

Tastes good. we started out too cold but the fruit flavor and spices picked up as the beer warmed. Might have benefited from a little hoppiness as the beer is fairly sweet. If this is Blue and Gray's first cut at a Belgian beer, they did pretty good!!! The only thing missing was a Belgian yest/ funky presence.

Mouthfeel is pretty rich, the spices do their thing plesantly on the tongue.

Overall this was pretty enjoyable.

JayQue, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Boone757, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of jsp2
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow from 22 oz bottle into the pint glass. Head develops to be fine and thin with lace on the sides and larger bubbles in areas.

Excellent aroma, delicate with the elements but plenty strong as a whole. Apples blended with cloves, maybe a little bit of musk, and something wonderful I can't identify. Excellent.

Soft approach of apple tartness is followed by cloves and a dry bitterness. There is almost a little sourness and funk to this beer. The bitter finish gets very, even offensively strong in the aftertaste.

Light and quenching, carbonation is somewhat low.

I love everything about this one except the bitterness of the finish may be a little more than I'd prefer. Besides that the flavor profile is excellent and the aroma is incredible. I really enjoyed this one and will probably come back to it.

jsp2, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of Wattie
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Wattie, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of oelergud
4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent golden body with a little bit of an orange tint. Good carbonation and off-white multibubbled head with decent retention and lace.
Overly yeasty as most B&G brews have been for the last 6 months or so. Sweet malts with pepper and butter notes.
Taste is regrettably dominated by the yeast but behind it is the flavor of a spiced and spiked malt and hop combination that is actually very good. The aftertaste is of decent lengh and good intensity of spiked hops.
Medium body with good coating and some slickness.
Pretty good drinkability.
According to the label, this brew is named after the Belgian artillery colonel Borman who designed a fuse for use for rear admiral John A B Dahlgren's cannons.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of Travlr
2.35/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Gift from Kenny - thanks!
A: same color as urine when you haven't had enough to drink on a hot summer's day. Three bubble head, no lacing.
S: Aroma of orange and black pepper.
T: Fresh bread taste with pepper and a hint of coriander.
M: Thin-bodied for its strength.
D: Very nearly a drain pour, I couldn't make it through the whole growler.

Travlr, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of fishguyac
4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

fishguyac, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into large tulip - thanks to bigtomz

Pours a hazy golden color with a crop of white head. Plenty of patchy lacing around the glass with a wispy layering of retention.

Lemony and funky in the nose with some hints of citrus rind. Touches of Belgian yeast and some light sweetness.

Citrusy and slightly juicy up front. Again, plenty of lemon peel on this to the point of near-overkill. Light bready malt with Belgian yeast followed by some slick sweetness. Decent amount of funkiness, hints of pear and apple. Finishes a little dry.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, bubbly and sticky on the tongue. I feel like this has some redeeming moments but the lemon is a bit much.

xnicknj, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of davidt
4.3/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This new beer from Blue & Gray pours a golden orange color. The pour into a Chimay goblet produced little head although there's enough carbonation to give some tingle on the tongue. It exhibits an appealing yeasty smell. The mouth feel is slightly yeasty, but not unpleasant. A spicy, fruity flavor with hint of clove. I detected a bit of apple as the beer warmed. There's enough hop to give it just a bit of kick.

22 oz bomber purchased at the brewery.

davidt, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Huhzubendah, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of joegard
4/5  rDev +20.5%

joegard, Jul 09, 2014
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Borman's Belgian Ale from Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.