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Mocha Belgique - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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87
very good

50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
With several talented artisan roasters in town, we invited Richmond’s beer and coffee lovers to vote in a blind taste-off on our collaboration partner for the 2012 Mocha Belgique. They selected Black Hand Coffee Company! Black Hand’s custom roasted Brazilian coffee melds artfully with chocolate and caramel malts, cacao nibs and the fluffy character bestowed by our signature Belgian yeast, for a beer that exudes mocha goodness.

Rich, dark auburn in color with a frothy cappuccino head, Mocha Belgique offers pleasant, fresh roasted coffee and cocoa aromatics with a hint of black currant. Chocolate character up front is enhanced with the fluffy mouthfeel imparted by our distinctive Belgian ale yeast. Black Hand’s well balanced coffee provides a lingering roasty finish.

31 IBU

(Beer added by: TechTriumph on 02-03-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Samichez, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin offwhite head, dark dark brown body.

Nose of slightly tart dark coffee.

Yep, it's Belgian yeast and coffee. Curious. Like a tripel with coffee poured in. Pretty substantial malt character as well. I don't know how to feel about this.

Kinda bright for a coffee beer, not super thick.

Paired okay with some smokey blue cheese. Good, but not outstanding. There was a picture of a barrel on it, but I don't know if it was actually barrel-aged.

zaphodchak, Mar 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

BeastLU, May 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

VeganUndead, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Beejay
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown as it pours, in the glass it is black with a good amount of rich, dense tan head.

S: Coffee and dark chocolate come out right away with a lot of banana presence. The coffee is earthy and bitter, which I think is accentuated by the roasted malts. The dark malts and the yeast come together to form a chocolate covered banana smell, which I like a lot.

T: Dark coffee and roasted grains hit the lips first, that is followed by dark chocolate and some earthy flavors. The finish is all the yeast, banana, clove, and possibly a hint of dark fruit.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is fine in size and slightly higher that average for the style, although not quite as effervescent as some Belgian beers. There is a nice smoothness to the texture of it.

O: Overall I really like it, I was afraid that the Belgian yeast strain would blow out the other flavors, but it actually comes out well rounded, and complex. Fine work.

Beejay, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

enelson, May 29, 2013
Photo of blackie
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

seven-fifty from the Caboose, Ashland

a: served in a st. bernie chalice, mocha belgique pours a deep chocolate brown in color with a low head that soon disappears

s: aromatic, strong but smooth iced coffee nose with a firm note of semisweet chocolate, medium tones of banana and clove, some underlying malt sugar, nice with a high quality coffee addition

m: carbonation low to nearly nonexistent, medium to medium-full body, smooth

t: follows closely along with the nose, showing a smooth, flavorful coffee addition blended through a firm roasted malt body, touches of sugar, and hints of yeasty esters and spice

o: it's an odd combination, but it works nicely, worthwhile

blackie, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Big_Dave, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Proteus93
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Once Upon A Vine in Richmond... I wasn't even aware this brewery existed!

A: Black... not a heavy or thick looking beer like some others of the style, but it's certainly opaque in the glass. The head is a deep brown, but it's quite fizzy and dissipated very quickly.

S + T: Sweet malts and modest chocolate rounded out by some fruity phenols from the Belgian yeast... a bit of a banana-like aroma. Coffee isn't incredibly intense on the nose, but it's there. It comes out in the flavour much more... a sweet chocolate and coffee blend, again topped off with the unique notes from the yeast.

M + D: A little bit creamy, but not the most heavy body. Slick over the back of the throat on the finish... closes up with a nice coffee aftertaste. This is a pretty nicely done brew, and I'd be curious to try others as the brewery grows and develops.

Proteus93, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL C&C bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 7/9/12
*From notes

-- Thanks to lekkerdoc for hookin' me up --

A: Cleanish brown in hue, not too dissimilar from a cup of black joe. A straight pour yields a two finger mocha colored head. The retention is solid. Decent lacing and collar follow.

S: Not what I was expecting, yet it's certainly pleasing to the nostrils. I'm getting a lot more Belgian yeast then anything else here. Hints of milk chocolate covered bananas and saccharin. Not much coffee to speak of in the bouquet.

T: I'm really digging this. It's like a booze filled cafe-au-lait. Coffee, dusty sugar-like sweetener, milky chocolate, green grass. The finish is mature and balanced. Beyond tasty, and something that's a pleasure to return to, sip after sip.

M: Like all of Hardywood's brews, this is a bit more bubbly then I'd like. After having sampled plenty of their beers, I've got to assume this carbonation situation stems from their house/Westmalle yeast. Their Mocha Belgique is medium bodied and fairly creamy. As it warms and I swirl the beer, the overly aggressive carbonation wears off, and it becomes a bit more viscous.

O: Another winner from Hardywood. I had this on tap at SAVOR and wasn't wowed by it. Yet in this specific bottle, I've found one of the most creative American Porters around. Complex, and more then anything delicious. An easy recommendation.

Rhettroactive, Jul 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

BeerForHokie, Apr 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

bluetrevian, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of chilly460
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours almost black, clear, with some lighter brown at the edges. Immense fluffy tan head emerges and retains pretty well. Flecks of lacing cling to the glass.

S - Nice aroma here, medium strength roasted coffee comes through pretty clearley at first. Followed with sweeter cocoa nibs. There is a spicey, banana Belgian yeast profile in there for sure, as well as a finish with grassy hops.

T - Immediately get the Banana and yeasty character from the yeasts, very sweet like cotton candy. Small amount of weak coffee flavors come through, but overpowered by the sweetness. Hints of hops balance as well, but intermittent. Just couldn't get on board with this beer, I've tried several Belgian stouts and it just doesn't click for me.

M - Decent medium body with fizzy carbonation, helps keep it a lighter brew.

O - Just didn't enjoy this one, it has a great aroma but the overwhelming sweetness on the front end and muted coffee and roast killed it for me.

chilly460, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Crazyale
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black with an attractive, creamy one-finger tawny head that dissipates quickly.

S: I'm getting a sweet bready yeasty smell at first. A swirl brings
out more of the roasted coffee, but the coffee is not as strong as I expected it to be. There's also some port wine notes, as well as dark chocolate. All in all a subtle but well balanced aroma.

T: You get the porter taste up front, along with some chocolate, and then the coffee overtakes the other flavors at the end, giving it a dry finish. It's a delicious tasting coffee by the way - roasty, bitter, robust, black.

M: Medium with fairly low carbonation - I would've liked a little bit more carbonation, but it's not bad.

This is a great tasting beer, and was obviously made with great care using high quality ingredients. It's probably ideally suited for pairing with a dessert, with a bottle split between 2-3 people. However, it also works pretty well as just a quaffable porter, albeit a strong and relatively expensive one.

Crazyale, Feb 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

SpecialN32, Oct 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

RyanBeer13, Jan 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

nkeckhar, Jan 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Hopbully, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

animal69, Oct 21, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: A nice, welcoming aroma coffee, chocolate and malt.

T: Tasted of coffee (not quite as much as I would have thought), chocolate, malt, light hops, and a bit of yeast (presumably this is the Belgique in the name). Not a terrible flavor, but definitely a bit on the thin side.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, yet somewhat thin finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Certainly not a bad beer, but a bit on the disappointing side. Still worth a shot.

avalon07, Jul 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

dianaelaine, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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Mocha Belgique from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.