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Richard Cranium - Millbock Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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20 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 20.22%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Millbock Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Slatetank on 12-19-2011)
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troegaarden

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

06-18-2013 02:29:10 | More by troegaarden
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warriorhbt

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +22.2%

I really enjoy this new beer from a new Nanobrewery from Linglestown Pa. (close to Harrisburg)

The beer has a mild spicey pepper like aroma with some banana and a mild lemon type aroma coming thru. It's a clear golden yellow color as is appropiate for a Belgian Blonde. It has a full white head that has legs and clings to the glass well.

The flavor has a good biscut type malt sweetness at first with some mild banana flavor, followed by a nice clean mild spicy finish. The spicyness balances the sweetness very appropiately. The Rye character comes through more as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel starts out slightly creamy but the finish is a pleasant crisp and clean dry character.

Overall I really like this beer and am going to make it a regular beer at my house. I've always enjoyed Rye in a beer and Millbock has done a great job making this their first beer. I encourage everyone who likes this style to seek out and try this very rare beer from a new Nanobrewery called Millbock.

12-25-2011 06:52:58 | More by warriorhbt
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pecokid

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

05-27-2013 13:29:54 | More by pecokid
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%

A - Just shy of three finger's worth of silky slightly creamy off-white head comprised of small bubbles with a slight audible fizz... Excellent retention ultimately gives way to a full creamy lacing... The color is a slightly pale amber... A mix of moderate paced carbonation streaks along the glass and a couple of stray bubbles within... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass... A very nice looking brew...

S - Light Belgian yeast notes to start... Orange zest... Some pear and apple notes... Subtle golden raisins... Wheat notes as well... The rye is mostly hidden and there is only a very faint spice kick buried deep within...

T - Wheat notes... Belgian yeast... Beet sugars... The rye is a bit more pronounced and appears midway through... Pear... Apple... Perhaps even some bubble gum... Some interesting spice notes as well... Light notes of clove and thyme stick out...

M - Medium bodied... Uber sleek... Very smooth... Silky and luxurious... Lush... Light carbonation... The finish is a bit dry...

D - This is an insanely quaffable Belgian Pale Ale... Honest to the style with some good old Central PA artistry mixed in... I would (and likely will) drink this with regularity... Lots of good things going on in all facets... Lots of character and depth... All at a modest 6.5% BV... My second offering from Millbock and I continue to be impressed...

06-09-2012 01:44:42 | More by philbe311
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%

Thanks to Slatetank for sharing this growler with me. I got to have this brew before at a tasting, care of Mr. de Bock himself so I am very appreciative to have the opportunity to sit down with a glass full to review. Poured into a cervoise, this brew appears a lightly hazed golden orange color. Bubbles very slowly come out of solution and make their way to the surface. A finger worth of creamy white head sits atop this brew. A light swirl revives the cap and produces some spots of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is spicy with belgian yeast character. Clove and banana immediately come to mind along with some subtle fruity character more like pear or apples towards the back. There is a clean spiciness present that is borderline like pepper but not quite. It has a deep herbal hop quality that emerges as the brew warms up along with a light tingle of alcohol.

The taste includes the belgian yeast spiciness right upfront. Clove and a bit of pepper mingle with banana and some other fruits more like apple and pear skin. There is a fairly solid herbal hop inclusion that keeps the spicy quality of the yeast in check. Front to back, this is a very clean and well balanced offering. As it gets warmer, a bit of the rye inclusion is noticed with a bit of toasty grain and extra accent of fruited quality.

It is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. It is a very easy drinking offering with a pleasant balance that is quite enjoyable. These guys are coming right out the gate with a winner in my opinion. Can't wait to see what else comes down the pipeline. Job well done guys! I mean come on, what is not to like about a beer called "dick head" ??

12-22-2011 00:02:50 | More by stakem
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hockenbeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-22-2012 12:35:29 | More by hockenbeer
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

A - Served with a bright, golden body that had two fingers worth of fluffy white head...the head takes awhile to fall and never fades away completely...nice lacing is left behind

S - There is Belgian spices and yeast that fill the nose...spicy rye, black pepper, clove...a clean fruity aroma is detected towards the back end

T - Belgian spices open up on the palate...they are the first thing that jumps out, but they never become too pronounced...black pepper and clove lead the way...the yeast is strong in the middle but there is also a biscuit-like flavor that takes away from the yeast being too strong...there is an underlying fruitiness again...a surprising blast of hops can be picked up right towards the finish making things lighter yet...before the spices come back for the complete finish

M - Medium bodied...spicy yet refreshing

O - This was Millbock's first brew and it's a great way to start...not only do the flavors mesh well together and create a very drinkable beer, but the name is great!

04-23-2012 20:22:24 | More by thain709
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

I enjoyed this from the growler chilled in a wheat glass.

The color is lightly hazed golden with visible carbonation and substantial 2 and a half fingers of white cloudy head. The laces stickage is decent. The smell is good, slightly spiced and mildly fruity with a light earthy nose. The feel is decent, moderately high carbonation with a slight caramel tinge and subtle yeast creaminess with a semi-dry spicy phenol in the finsh.

I like the way the rye influences the taste, it adds a nice bready toasted quality and brings out the spice of the abbey yeast nicely. There is a light pepper element in there with the toasted grain and hint of medicinal note in the background with light tea-like astringent and subtle sugary tinge in the middle. The flavor of fruit is there with the caramel and finishes semi-dry. This is a nice and drinkable blonde belgian, pretty quaffable for the style I really enjoyed it.

12-20-2011 15:13:06 | More by Slatetank
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-28-2014 03:41:55 | More by DrBier
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-16-2012 03:00:26 | More by orangesol
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-14-2012 18:12:37 | More by bigfnjoe
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AMarkle6524

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-17-2014 17:42:06 | More by AMarkle6524
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

08-01-2012 01:15:30 | More by beermanbrian
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aminobutyricacid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-19-2013 18:00:10 | More by aminobutyricacid
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12-29-2011 23:23:51 | More by VikeMan
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Dweedlebug

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

10-07-2012 17:47:28 | More by Dweedlebug
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12-22-2012 22:13:07 | More by THECPJ
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%

Pours a cloudy, bright golden color with a nice two finger fluffy white head with pretty good retention.

The scent is of fruit notes, some spice, and notes of yeast.

The taste is of some sweet fruits, some toasted grain, spice, and yeast.

Light body, smooth and kind of crisp, medium to high carbonation.

This was pretty average on all accounts, nothing bad about it but noting of note either.

12-06-2012 15:42:09 | More by BeerCon5
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.7%

07-22-2012 00:22:05 | More by lccrunchy
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yemaze

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -71.9%

10-13-2012 20:09:02 | More by yemaze
Richard Cranium from Millbock Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.