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Plan B - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JoEBoBpr on 02-11-2012

Sour Mash Belgian Dark Ale with Black Currants (Brewed in Collaboration with Half Acre).
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Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 18
Photo of Pencible
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy roasted barley and copper, with a little currants and grassy yeast.
T: It tasted like fresh currants and roasted earthy barley, with bitter copper and sour grassy yeast. It had a dirty earthy aftertaste.
M: It was thick with subtle carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This wasn't a very compelling brew. The scent and taste were less than enjoyable. The body was very nice and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Just not worth it at all.

Photo of Florida9
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown in color but still a little translucent. Forms a thin light tan head, though it's not much more than a surface coating. Very light lacing.
Aroma is borderline offensive: metallic and vegetal. Thankfully the flavor is much better with notes of dark malts, dark fruit, a slight bit of coffee, and something approaching sourness. Medium bodied with a slightly slick feeling to it. Mild bitterness. Overall this beer is off and something just isnt right with it.

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of birchstick
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.97/5  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.

Photo of 22Blue
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of homebrew311
2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
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

Photo of Oakenator
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Chaney
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jegross2
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Sludgeman
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of thufflife
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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