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Beast Of The Deep - &Union

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Reviews: 4
Hads: 8
Avg: 2.48
pDev: 33.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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South Africa

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 01-05-2013

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Reviews: 4 | Hads: 8
Photo of chogm54
3.33/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up this beer in a splendidly presented bottle while in Port Elizabeth. Im not sure on the origin of the beer - it says brewed in Bavaria, yet imported (and possibly bottled) in Durban. Either way, here goes.

A - initially pours a reasonable 2cm thick head that dissipates rather quickly into a thin white lacing. The beer is orangy brown in colour, and murky.

S - nothing too strong here, faint whiff of mango and apricot mixed with a biscuit odour

T - honey like sweetness up front. Sweetness then battles with a slightly yeasty bitterness , with an aftertaste that lingers for a while. Alcohol warmness is not as prevalent as in other bocks.

m- low carbonation, slightly syrupy texture. Better than it sounds.

O - this beer is a bit all over the place, the carbonation is a bit low, but I really enjoyed the honey like sweetness mixed with the oily texture. Well worth a try if you are in South Africa, especially if you are over the abundant array of cheap nasty adjunct lagers that are everywhere here. But if you like your beer more lively, than maybe steer clear.

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Photo of seydou
2.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a honey semi opaque with a really nice sticky clean white head.

No strong smell. Alcohol comes through with a small bit of sweetness.

First sip and -- WOW. Instantly a strong taste that doesn't come close to matching the weak scent. Way too strong, overtly alcoholic, bright, bitter, and distinctly unpleasant. A bit of a slap in the face.

Matches with really bright carbonation and lingering bitterness. I probably won't be coming back.

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Photo of laituegonflable
1.87/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale gold colour, bit of sediment. Head is listless and small. Lace is thin. Yeah pretty bland-looking.

Smells grainy and bland. Generic herbal hop bitterness is subtle and, otherwise, all light cereal with a touch of honey and puffed rice. Fairly bland and generic; not badly handled.

Taste is horribly sweet and syrupy upfront, big honey note with touch of vanilla-cinnamon and puffed rice. Bitterness comes through, giving it a cough syrup mediciney flavour. All over kind of malt liquory, not so heavy but jut a big rocket fuel kind of sweetness and excess for the point of excess.

Decent texture but a bit thick and gloopy, could use more cut through.

Not a fan. Unnuanced, too sweet, weird by-product flavours and unpleasant.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.23/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle purchased in South Africa, muled back to Australia by my mum, isn't that nice?

Pours a very pale golden colour, with significant haze and a significant amount of sediment. Head is a very fine but very minimal white. Light body, and no lace at all. Overall, I'm not overly impressed.

Nose is weak and slightly sweet, with a slightly grassy overtone and a butterscotchy, unfermented wort character. Perhaps German in genesis, but it's a pretty amateurish example.

Taste is sharp and slightly keroseney, with a fusel-like solvent astringency, above a buttery but thin sweetness. Some eucalyptus or something fragrant but unpleasant at the same time on the back. Some floury, or yeasty notes finish it off. Blech.

Yeah, this isn't very good. It's not awful, but it's just got nothing but awful flavours—fortunately, nothing is too strong to overpower it, and it just feels pretty bland overall.

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Beast Of The Deep from &Union
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