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Mad Belgian - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedHaze on 08-09-2009)
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Reviews by BeerManDan:
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BeerManDan

California

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured was a hazy golden reddish yellow with very little foam and some lace on the side of the glass. The smell or sweet spicey roasted malts was evident in the aromoa. Very pleasing to the nose. When tasting this ale, the flavor was of roasted malts, spices and a hint of alcohol. But, the flavor on the palate was short lived. Then all I got was a bitterness with no after flavors. To much bitterness and not enough flavor on the finish!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 00:40:56 | More by BeerManDan
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paulish

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

06-29-2014 23:15:36 | More by paulish
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mhaugo

California

2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle decanted into an oversized snifter. 6.6% ABV.
Appearance: Muddy bronze with a thin beige head. There is a significant load of chunks slowly falling to the bottom of the glass (2.25/5).
Aroma: Toasted malt and baked apples. Oxidation. More oxidation as the beer warms up (2.5/5).
Taste: Oxidized here too. This beer was obviously stored in suboptimal conditions. There is no indication on the label how old it is, so I guess I’m left guessing. Behind the oxidation there is a sweet, malty base, a touch of cider, and a hint of orange pith. There is a very mild bitterness too, but I’m not sure it comes from hops. It almost tastes like a byproduct of the yeast (or even the yeast itself) (2.75/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation (3.5/5).
Overall: I guess there was a decent beer in here before time sucked away its soul, but sadly that day was well before this one. I’m not sure if I would actively seek out a replacement, but I might pick up a pint if I saw it on draft somewhere (2.75/5).

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 00:34:59 | More by mhaugo
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Tyrolaspenleaf

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

10-07-2013 00:03:08 | More by Tyrolaspenleaf
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

02-09-2013 02:16:55 | More by ssimpson89
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -11.8%

01-23-2013 14:29:41 | More by RedneckBeerz
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impending

California

2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

01-12-2013 07:14:32 | More by impending
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Looks more like an old ale than a Belgium pale. Hazy copper in color with an Ok 1/4 inch of head that forms a pretty sticky lace ring.

S - Again musky like an old ale with a kind of oak sweet malt smell. Smells kind of like an old DIPA with aged hops and malts.

T - Well it's far from terrible but the taste is sweet kind of medical herbal hop taste, which is faded next to some Belgium candied sugars and a touch of fruity yeasts.

M - Medium and kind of chewy on par for the style.

Overall I am not sure what is going on with this brew. With no sediment in the glass I am convinced it was suppose to look and taste like a Belgium Old ale. That could be the excuse for such a low score since its suppose to be a Belgium pale ale...

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 00:52:38 | More by DrDemento456
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apf

Utah

4.25/5  rDev +25%

12-01-2012 03:56:09 | More by apf
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +17.6%

10-23-2012 01:40:02 | More by t0rin0
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creez

California

4/5  rDev +17.6%

09-11-2012 23:31:33 | More by creez
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Nage37

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

08-17-2012 22:15:57 | More by Nage37
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GTB

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +25%

07-30-2012 00:31:34 | More by GTB
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Arherring

Indiana

3/5  rDev -11.8%

03-21-2012 23:08:13 | More by Arherring
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shelby415

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

02-26-2012 08:35:35 | More by shelby415
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

mad river is not getting me stoked so far. this one pours a rich golden color with a reasonable white head. smells like white grapefruit, brown sugar, and belgian yeast. flavors are all mellow, but there is some hops here, which is nice for a "belgian style golden ale". unconventional but just not that good. mouthfeel is alright, good carbonation and tartish finish. cant say its my favorite, but its drinkable. eh

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 02:40:30 | More by StonedTrippin
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elNopalero

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden straw color. Nice, estery aroma. Light, fruity flavor comes through. Some sharpness on the palate focuses the flavors into a dry finish. This is a lighter Belgian style beer that opens up more as it warms. Looking forward to another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 20:50:07 | More by elNopalero
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metter98

New York

3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy rosé in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down but consistently left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface along with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has aromas of candi sugars along with some hints of caramel.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has candi sugar flavors and some associated sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and leaves some stickiness in your mouth.
O: The beer isn’t very balanced and the sweetness makes it cloying.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 00:21:49 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

12-05-2011 01:41:20 | More by dbrauneis
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Diomede

California

3/5  rDev -11.8%

11-27-2011 21:54:34 | More by Diomede
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johnhenryconway


3/5  rDev -11.8%

11-18-2011 07:02:20 | More by johnhenryconway
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Rayek

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mad Belgian pours a deep gold/pale copper hue with a dense cream cap and a light haze. Head retention is good and nice lace is left behind.

I'm convinced that there must be some universal yeast strain that most breweries use for their Belgian beers. There's a light sourdough funk here that reminds me of a lot of US brewed Belgian style beers. Behind it is a fair dose of citrus that seems not right for this style. Warming helps, as it allows the yeast characteristics to come through more. A straw and pear frame holds up the rest of the flavors. Bitterness is well balanced and carries the aforementioned citrus. A medium and tingly body rounds things out.

Mad Belgian is a nice little beer, but I've had better examples of this style. Still, I'm happy I grabbed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 01:45:19 | More by Rayek
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with an adequate head (though not impressive for a Belgian style) that leaves a lot of squiggly lace behind

Smell: Toffee elements dominate, along with Juicy Fruit and an herbal aspect underneath

Taste: The herbal element is more pronounced on the tastebuds, with the toffee and Juicy Fruit flavors adding a sweet aspect; by mid-palate and after the swallow, the hops add a counter-point that keeps the sweetness in check; a bit of fusel alcohol, particularly in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; not nearly lively enough for a Belgian

Overall: Count me in the minority on this one, but I rather enjoyed it; not a great example of a Belgian style but not a drain pour, either

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 17:40:38 | More by brentk56
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illidurit

California

2.2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a pale amber color with a small tan head. Smells like honey, cornbread, muted esters. Flavor is, again, honeyed cornbread, yeast, grass, minerals, molding peaches, cheap white wine. Mouthfeel is flabby with a discordant watery finish, sticky on the palate yet thin in flavor, with an un-Belgian coarseness to the carbonation. The name is the best part; a Belgian might be rightfully mad to see a brewery produce such an uninspired and bland beer while invoking his country - one with such richness in tradition and quality.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 06:25:18 | More by illidurit
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange gold beer under an almost white head that falls with little to no lace. Higher carbonation on the cap pop, which can be felt on the front end. Strong yeasty smell with orange and lemon, a a faint must and vinegar. Clear alcohol in the nose as well. Acidic, yeasty taste up front and the fruit is muted. Very sweet--would guess the attenuation is high. Overall, an ok Belgian with a clear yeast characteristic, but too many things going in different directions. Final product doesn't meld well into a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:09:08 | More by FightingEntropy
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Mad Belgian from Mad River Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.