Silvius - Boom Island Brewing Company
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Reviews by ChopperSmith:
2.95/5 rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5
Poured from a large 750 ml bottle into a standard clear pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with no foam at all, so no lacing either.
Smell: Malty and slightly sweet with a little light fruit from the yeast. Little or no hops detected. Smells like a Belgian Witbier more than anything else.
Taste: Much like it smells. A decent malt-forward flavor and an interesting yeast gives it a little subtle spice and fruit. But it's missing carbonation really detracts from the flavor. It is almost flat.
Mouth feel: Very little carbonation, pretty much flat and lifeless. Finishes semi-dry on the tongue. A little carbonation (or even SOME carbonation) and crispness would really help this beer.
Overall: Has some decent flavors, but the lack of carbonation really detracts from the overall impression. I have to wonder if this beer was rushed to market before it could fully carbonate. I would like to try one on tap to see the difference.
(Update 1-30-2012: The second bottle of Silvius I opened, bought at the same time as the one opened on 1/15/12, was also flat. Not just low carbonation....flat. I hope they get this problem resolved in the future, because it could be a decent beer with the right carbonation.)
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2012 04:15:39 | More by ChopperSmith
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3.79/5 rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.
Appearance: Cloudy orange with stark white head and some decent lacing.
Smell: Belgian yeast, mostly of the fruity and spicy variety. Some biscuit. Not much hops in the nose.
Taste: Biscuit and toast backbone with definite yeast characteristics - pretty spicy and fruity. Hops are light on the finish, mostly floral with a touch of citrus. Slightly tart.
Feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Very dry.
Overall: Nice Belgian Pale Ale. Probably not worth the money, but enjoyable
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2013 22:46:03 | More by bsp77
3.58/5 rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Boom Island Silvius Pale Ale, Boom Island Brewing Company, minneapolis, Minnesota. Alc by Vol. 5.5%.
Once again, I'll look at the front of the label now, and the back later. What do they say frontwise? This: "Inspired by a mythical, giant-killing soldier, we're tempted to say this gold medal winning pale ale will slay you with it's palate-boggling depth of flavors and surprisingly dry finish. But we're not big on wordplay or swordplay. So we'll just let Silvius speak for itself."
Well, speak, boy, speak!
First, what does he look like? High carbonation, clouding the glass, darkish amber coloring, under a dotted off-white, lace-leaver of a head. Nice start.
Aroma: hops and malt, with a hit of spice. Funky Belgian yeast shows it's stripes. Just what I'm looking for in a Belgian pale ale. A brace of fruit, apple and peach, with raisins and a drizzle of caramel for dessert, and a dusting of spice.
Taste: soft, smooth, fruity and malty. Just enough hops to keep it interesting, but not enough to make it interesting enough. Lean-bodied, short finish, easy-drinking. Lacks the promise felt in the nose. If I were Clara Peller or Walter Mondale, I'd be either dead of maybe dead, nobody's really sure. And I'd ask where some beef is, a metaphor for discovering a void of body and character. I'm not a brewer, so I can't trot out technical terms about attenuation and mashing, but this one does not have much happening after the first swallow. Gets a little funky/wild/sour on the tongue further in, but there's not the promised depth. Malt is meager compared to spice.
Let's peek at "The Skinny on Silvius":
"Aroma: toasted malt backbone.
Appearance: light copper color. Full creamy white head.
Flavor: Light hop bitterness, melds nicely with malty biscuit and toastiness paired with light peppery spiciness. Finish is medium to dry with malt flavor returning slightly.
Overall impression: Toasted maltiness comes across just right. Wonderfully nice brew!"
Again, I'll say it. It's in their best interests to remove the "Overall impression" part. Why would a brewer offer their "impression" that they made a "wonderfully nice brew"?
Serving type: bottle
08-30-2012 01:22:38 | More by feloniousmonk
Silvius from Boom Island Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.