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Plan B - Perennial Artisan Ales

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sour Mash Belgian Dark Ale with Black Currants (Brewed in Collaboration with Half Acre).

(Beer added by: JoEBoBpr on 02-11-2012)
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Photo of homebrew311
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown, minimal tan head, no lacing

S: nose is rather vegetal which is pretty gross for the style, some fruit skin is present and a touch of metallic character

T: taste has earthy character with a considerable amount of fruit which provides a bit of tang and spice, better than the nose, very unique

Mf: light body, high carbonation

O: overall, the word I would use to describe this is weird. Lots of sweetness along with some veggie quality... Not delicious

homebrew311, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of birchstick
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a white head. Nose is sweet fruits and candy malts. Taste is nice, with sugary malts uP front and through the middle. A bit of a berry vinous flavor shows up and is rounded off with some currant spicy sweetness. Mouth is smooth and full. Really solid brew here. I wish the nose was better, bit the palate delivers. I have had this a couple of times and like more each time I try it.

birchstick, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Chaney
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just put a B & W pic of this beer entitled "Plan B From Outer Space." I guess you've gotta be an Ed Wood fan to appreciate.

Served in a 3 Stars snifter.

A: Dark, dark brown, with less murkiness than I was expecting and a slight 1/8 finger head.

S: Disappointing on this front. Not much, maybe some toasted grain and malt.

T: Nice, with almost a Belgian yeast quality to it but not quite.... only on the front part. I did some research: Black currants can supposedly be VERY overpowering. This brew was quite subtle, so I guess that's a testament in and of itself. However, for the price, I was expecting more complexity.

M: Nice mouthfeel: Spritzy enough, not sticky in any way, without being watery at all, and it didn't lace the palate either.

O: I'm so glad Perennial is now available in my area. This was my first brew and it won't be my last. This was okay.

Chaney, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Daniellobo
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take at a BSDA with black currants

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped bottle. Brown label with the name of the brew made by tape coming from an audio cassette. Notes bottling on 1/2012, and 8.0% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown pour, fair frothy head, medium to low retention, fair surface memory and small touches of lacing.

S - Good nose with a fruity and yeasty sense insinuating malt.

T - Malty, soft fruity sweetness, black currants come through with some acidity but flowing well as it goes back to some yeasty Belgian touches.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, and a slightly acidic touch. Rather direct and constant in its flow.

O - Nice flow with a fruity sense, bordering on a tiresome hint but never crossing there.

Notes: Glad to try it, not sure about the nature of the collaboration, and while nice it is not that remarkable. Good quality brew in any case.

Daniellobo, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

JohnK17, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

thewimperoo, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

twenty5, May 30, 2014
Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

whatname, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

bigfnjoe, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of jegross2
3/5  rDev -16.4%

jegross2, May 13, 2014
Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Tucquan, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

fredmugs, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

JRod1969, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Collaboration between Perennial and Half Acre. Poured into a tulip glass form a 750 ml bottle.

Pours a dark mahogany almost balck color with some nice reddish purple hues. There is a nice 0.5 inch head that is off-shite and slightly ecru with some nice dense bubbles. It recedes at a moderate pace to a nice thin mat.

Aroma starts with some nice Belgian yeast notes. There is some midl chocolate sweetness in there as well as some bready malt notes in the nose. Definitely some sweet fruit and berry like juice notes. I've never had a currant but I take it that the sweetness comes from these berries. After some further inspection the sweetness begins to be a bit more intense with some nice prune and dark fruit notes.

Starts off with some typical Belgian Dark Ale notes. Some nice malty and grainy bread notes and sweetness with some nice Belgian yeast notes. There is some almond and peanut notes in the middle as well. Then there is the nice sweet currant notes that come up with some slight tartness to them. It is very interesting in taste but pretty straight forward. It taste like a Belgian Dark with some nice sweet berries in it. Pretty nice. Slight carbonation.

Pretty good offering from Perennial. Nice Belgian hints with some flare.

JoEBoBpr, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of thufflife
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

thufflife, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Oakenator
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Oakenator, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of shand
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice.

Plan B pours out a very deep brown with a small head. The aroma is interesting, it's yeasty, chocolatey, tart, and sour. The taste is tart and fruity at first, with more sour aspects coming through on the finish. Some of the chocolate comes through too, along with some roasted malts. Unique and tasty. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and medium-bodied, with a dry finish. The drinkability is pretty good. Overall, this is an enjoyable sour Belgian strong ale with a strong fruit component. Recommended.

shand, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a near black with creamy head, retains for a bid. some lacing draped around the glass.

heavy on the belgian yeast. lots of bread, yeast, and banana.

taste is much different, in a good way. nice sweetness, light tartness from the black currants. deep in the back is the belgian back bone.

body is moderate, feels a bit light. carbonation fills this out and brings it to life.

very pleasant. the black currants worked out great. i typically am not into belgian darks but i am a sucker for black currants, glad i checked this out.

hooliganlife, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Dave_Treat, May 17, 2014
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 1/2012.

A: Pours a dark brown with crimson highlights under a quarter inch thick fine tan head which slowly fades leaving spotty lace.

N: Yikes! Earthy mushrooms, dark fruit, bready yeast. Somewhat unpleasant.

T: Whew, dark currants, yeast, slight chocolate and coffee, some nutty notes and a slight metallic quality.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Slightly sweet and yeasty finish.

O: Well, gave this a second try and still not thrilled.

wethorseblanket, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Sludgeman
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Sludgeman, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jschott75, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of jklecko2
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jklecko2, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

polishkaz, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of captainbearcat
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

captainbearcat, Sep 04, 2013
Plan B from Perennial Artisan Ales
82 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.