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Mocha Belgique - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Mocha BelgiqueMocha Belgique

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87
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%


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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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 13 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by ncaudle:
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into snifter.

pours a dark brown with thick, quickly dissipating, light tan colored head. decent lacing.

coffee hits the nose with a very faint touch of chocolate. not a big fan of this particular roast... funky brazilian-ness. I was at the blind roast-off where this roaster was chosen and they were my least favorite (out of the 3 roasters this one won by 1 vote and most of us said to blend the 3). solid porter base, sweet with little hop/roast bitterness. very little chocolate. don't think the belgian yeast did it too many favors...

much thinner body than on tap. wildly swinging variation from the various formats. the tap servings are much thicker! what happened to it?

don't get me wrong, it's a good coffee porter but not amongst my favorites, especially from the bottle (this brew would rate a few points higher if rated from draft)

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 12:27:17 | More by ncaudle
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Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 04:22:53 | More by Rhettroactive
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Mocha Belgique from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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