Borman's Belgian Ale - Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
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2.94/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
08-04-2013 05:45:15 | More by TMoney2591
3.5/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
07-16-2012 16:40:41 | More by oldirtycaffrey
3.73/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
04-09-2012 00:04:33 | More by JayQue
2.53/5 rDev -23.8%
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.
02-26-2012 16:50:56 | More by wowbagger
3.28/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
01-19-2012 03:49:43 | More by xnicknj
1.95/5 rDev -41.3%
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.
01-04-2012 16:53:56 | More by mxmcmillan
2.17/5 rDev -34.6%
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.
08-30-2010 00:55:48 | More by sellmeagod
3.25/5 rDev -2.1%
Overall, this isn't a bad beer. I Haven't had a Blue and Gray beer that I did not enjoy.
The appearance is what I expected. A nice golden color with a big white fluffy head. The color was a little darker than I expected. It also smelled pretty good, but I could tell right away that it was going to be a tad sweet for my tastes.
That doesn't mean that I didn't like the taste though. I just usually expect my Belgian Pales to be a little dryer.
Overall, not bad.
08-01-2010 22:02:36 | More by DeutschesBier
3.05/5 rDev -8.1%
A: Quite hazy, a dull light gold color, little to no head on a medium pour, minimal signs of carbonation in the beer - 2.75, S: The first whiff of the beer was extremely sweet - almost cloyingly so but this toned down with time, a solid smattering of bubblegum and tons of yeasty esters, quite light and fruity - 3.25, T: The palate has the sharp edge of candied sugars, some pepper and a hint of hop bite in the back, quite herbal and earthy - 3.00, M: Somewhat silky and medium bodied - 3.50, D: My first beer from Blue & Gray - decent but not a standout for a Belgian Pale Ale - 3.00
12-18-2009 01:41:44 | More by deereless
District of Columbia
2.35/5 rDev -29.2%
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.
12-09-2009 01:08:03 | More by Travlr
3.53/5 rDev +6.3%
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
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04-07-2009 03:06:08 | More by blackie
4.2/5 rDev +26.5%
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.
03-13-2009 21:58:19 | More by jsp2
3.53/5 rDev +6.3%
Pouring a hazy off-blond with a milky white head. It smells fruity and light. Subtle banana and plum.
The taste was really decent. Again, fruity and light but with citrus and some slightly spicy notes.
The mouthfeel is really good and smooth but for the citrusy bite, unless that's what you're in to.
This would be a very good, refreshing summertime beverage to be enjoyed by all.
03-01-2009 23:21:37 | More by StrangeBrewer76
3.23/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
02-24-2009 19:04:23 | More by weeare138
3.1/5 rDev -6.6%
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
02-20-2009 21:19:31 | More by hopdog
Borman's Belgian Ale from Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.