Retribution - Greenbush Brewing Company

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: monitorpop on 10-29-2011

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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by Fanhitter:
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3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.14.2012 at Ashley's Westland on draft.

Looks like a Guinness in the glass; has more to do with the lighting in here, as in actuality, its got a nice deep dark brown color to it. The head dissipates rather quickly, but when this beer arrived, at first glance, it was a dead ringer for the black gold.

Smells very nutty and floral, like a mild Belgian brew sans the sourness. An earthy aroma is present as well, followed by mild malty smells.

Tastes very nutty and light, a mild saffron flavor comes through an otherwise densely cocoa/malt/weak coffee note. This is a unique beer to say the least; a burp brings up a roasted chestnut flavor that is blatantly sweet. The finish is rather dry and bites as a high ABV should.

For a brew crowding 9%, this is exceptionally smooth. I have a feeling a bottling of this might be a bit tougher to get down, but this is easy drinking. It reminds me of an imperial porter but lighter and a tad syrupy.

Overall, this beer is a great "starter" before moving onto other beers. I don't think I'd order this if I've already had a few. However, it is sitting nicely as an end-of-the-week beer, before I get home and pour another. This is one where the flavor profile is worth tasting, and after letting a buzz settle in, would be a waste. I dig the subtle flavors here, and would chalk this one up to a one-beer sitting, rather than throwing this one in on a night where I'd drink multiple brews.

More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep amber with three fingers of creamy tan head. Head has good retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

S -- Candi sugar, nice dark fruits, some Belgian yeast, a bit of chocolate. The brewery describes this as a hybrid Belgian ale. I'm assuming they mean a hybrid between a dubbel and a bsda based on the aroma.

T -- Candi sugar up front, with Belgian yeast, some chocolate and dark dried fruits. A bit of spice leads into a rather dry, slightly bitter finish. Nice.

M -- Medium slightly sticky mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish.

O - An interesting and tasty Belgian style ale. Greenbush seems to have a good handle on some diverse styles, which is a good foundation for a new brewery. I look forward to trying more from them.

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Farmhouse, served in a 12 oz. Duvel-esque glass.

Appears black with tawny brown edges in the dim light, rusty auburn and opaque when backlit. Ample head of tan foam, lacing some initially. Lasting retention, fades to a thin broken skim.

Yeasty phenolics, some apple sweetness and spiciness, caramelized sugars.

Bitter earthy taste, a little toasty, finishing dry. Alcohol isn't completely hidden, mouthfeel is a little rough with coarse carbonation and slight alcohol presence. Overall its warming on a cool night, and pretty good flavor wise, but not one i'd seek out again.

Photo of blankenhoney
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 3 from the Advent Calendar. Bottled 11.20.14 and enjoyed from a tulip.

A: Pours very dark brown with some dark red undertones

S: Sweet candi sugar, dark red fruits, molasses, baked apples

T: Rich dark red fruits, brown sugar, maybe some chocolate, Christmas-ale-type spicing, and a very sweet finish.

M: Heavy feeling and vinous

O: A nice beer in a style that I'm not a fan of.

Photo of SheffieldAddison
4.84/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An absolute stunner of a brew. This beer will make you want more, and a toilet.

Photo of monitorpop
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly transparent black. Light tan lacing.

S: Sweet caramelized sugar, coffee.

T: Sweet dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, malts, slight burnt sugar bitterness and alcohol in the finish.

M: Smooth, clean with medium high carbonation and a mild alcohol burn in the finish.

O: Nice unique Belgium Strong Ale. Lots of good flavor.

Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep amber with nice foamy creamy tan head. Head has good retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

S -- The nose is pretty big on dark fruits and Belgian yeast smells kind of sweet really good nose on this one.

T -- Sweet up front like some sort of sugar you also get the qualities of a Belgian style with the yeast. In the backbone there is more Dark Fruits really nice taste.

M -- Medium bodied nice carbonation

O - Overall a nice Belgian styled beer really enjoyed it. I think Greenbush has a very diverse lineup and this is probably one of my favorite ones that I've had from them. I would try this one again really good stuff coming out of this brewery.

Photo of MasterSki
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Jason after the long drive from Chicago to Detroit. Served in a flute.

A - Quick-dissolving off-white foam settles to a partial ring of bubbles. Transparent amber-brown body with visible bubbles streams. No cap, lace, etc.

S - This is very much a brown ale in character, but with Belgian yeast. Plenty of chocolate, nuts, caramel, as well as some mild phenolic yeast notes.

T - The taste is even more overtly brown ale, with only mild Belgian yeast influence. Toasty malts, chocolate, nuts, and lightly sugary notes, as well as some bread and yeast character.

M - Smooth, medium body, with moderate carbonation. A tough gritty, with a chewy finish. Alcohol is better hidden than in the 1825.

D - A fairly successful hybrid of English Brown and Belgian Strong Ale. I enjoyed this significantly more than the 1825 and would drink this one again if I saw it on-tap.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks, Another6Pack! 12 oz bottle into a teku; from yesterday.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is two fingers high and khaki in shade. Decent retention is featured, though not much lacing is left behind. (3.25)

Smell: This totally smacks of a Noel ale - this is a very spicy brew. Ginger, cinnamon, and cumin, mainly. By letting it warm up, I also pick up the caramel malt backbone, and even some fruity esters. I'm enjoying elements of the aroma, that much is certain. But, like many an American-brewed Belgian-style beer, though, the integration between the yeast profile (which is definitely coming through) and the malt isn't there. (3)

Taste: The nose smacked of a Noel ale; the taste smacks of a porter with Belgian elements. Having said that, there is a gentle spiciness to open it up. Its dominating note is molasses sweetness, augmented by caramel and chocolate. This finishes a bit cola-esque, and even has a slight hoppy expression. A decent dessert beer that's even moderately complex, but like I said: the Belgian aspect exist as subtle elements at best. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: It doesn't have the effervescence or crisp dryness of a typical BSDA; instead it focuses on being rich and dessert-like in feel. While it's sweet, it isn't quite slimy or cloying in feel. The still-decent carbonation plays a role in that, methinks. (3)

Overall: While it doesn't impress me, it is a fairly nice dessert beer that maintains a modicum of balance. It's enjoyable enough, but I wouldn't look for it over the gaggle of great BSDAs out there. (3.25)

3.27/5: Pretty good, but hardly the next Keizer Blauw

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Retribution from Greenbush Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.