Brother Blue Beardo - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brother Blue BeardoBrother Blue Beardo

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brother Blue Beardo is a Strong Dark Belgian Style Ale brewed with Demerara sugar, dark Belgian candi syrup and 220 pounds of Klug Farm Blueberries in each 7 barrel batch. The result is a beautiful blend of classic Trappist Ale notes of spicy yeast, dark fruits and dark sugar/molasses with the lightly acidic and perfectly fruity taste of blueberries.
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Reviews by cvm4:
Photo of cvm4
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle # 227/228

A - Pours a dark cola with may'be a slight plum color to it. Has a thin light khaki head with little to no lacing/retention.

S - Good amount of Belgian yeast and a huge smack of sugary esters. I'm not getting a lot of blueberries, but on the other hand a lot of dark fruits.

T - Candied sugars of the Belgian variety, plums, figs and yeast. Again, not a lot of blueberry going on.

M - Medium bodied and light carbonation. Real thin, but smooth also.

O - Kind of a gimmick average beer. The Belgian qualities are so strong that the blueberries really can't shine through.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Vonerichs
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark and opaque caramel color. Almost no head and a flat appearance.

Smells sweet with artificial grape notes. I know it's blueberries in here but I'm smelling grape. Brown sugar, figs.

Taste is sweet dark fruit. Caramel, brown sugar. The blueberry is subtle and in the finish. Slightly boozy.

Mouthfeel is chewy, thick, mild carbonation.

A decent beer, but I'm not fond of fruiting this style. It's something you want to split, not take on a bottle yourself.

Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #227-228

Dark tootsie roll brown color, very thin layer of tan foam on the surface, that fades away quickly. Small amount of spotty lace on the opposite side of the glass, but not much. Surface is glassy.

Bubblegum and caramel in the aroma, yeast esters, mild indistinct fruitiness.

Smooth and full bodied, light acidity from the fruit, big caramelized sugars. Yeasty spice, nutmeg, spiced cookies. Light blueberry in the aftertaste, creamy feel as it warms up. Overall it's good, the blueberry is faint but it's there. A smooth big Dubbel for the colder weather...

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Batch # 227 - 228 printed on the label. Another new beer from Pipeworks, this time a dubbel, a style I am not too familiar with. Keeping an open mind and open expectations on this one.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a very dark cola / mahogany colored body with perhaps just a hint of purple hue thrown in there. Aggressive pour conjures just under a finger of brownish-purple bubbles that dies down to a ring quickly.

S - Yeast funk is what jumped at me initially. Afterwards, the dark Belgian candi syrup comes into play, some brown sugar / molasses, some spice, and just a hint of fruitiness from the blueberries, but you would never know it just by the smell alone.

T - Taste turns it up a notch from the aroma with some sugary Belgian candied sugars, mild caramel, yeast-derived fruitiness, raisins, some unidentifiable peppery spice, and on the end the natural fruitiness of the blueberries comes out.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, and light with minimal stickiness lingering. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a pretty average beer from Pipeworks; definitely not their finest hour, yet it remains a drinkable, enjoyable specimen. Blueberries aren't exactly the most powerful flavor out there, and what does manage to come through is authentic and well-done. Extremely light for being a 10.00% abv beer, also. Worth a try.

Pipeworks Brother Blue Beardo ---3.5/5

Photo of Barnoloid
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pleasantly surprised by this ale. The 10% is well hidden beneath a rather mellow, sweet yeasty blueberry feel. I almost expected a sour bite here but the berries sort of muddle into the beer, creating almost like a yeasty juice effect. Interesting enough to invite further sips, this is a very worthy offering.

Photo of KFBR392
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark muddy brown. Low carbonation on the pour which was not present while drinking. Low active carbonation while drinking.

Smell: Strong spices and earthy yeast jump out of the glass. Solid dark fruit profile with some sour acidic tones from the blueberries. Slightly sweet molasses and caramel also picked up.

Taste: The front of the beer is pretty light, a somewhat lackluster presence of fruit and grassy tones. The body of the beer picks up with strong spices, cinnamon, leafy greens, and earthy yeast. The blueberries come through with a very dry sour feeling on the back end. Again the finish is lighter then it should be, faint accents of fruits and spices.

Mouthfeel: Cloying, decent amount of body but too light in some places. Spices and fruity accents left on the palate after drinking.

Overall: A pretty average brew from Pipeworks. I loved their last dubbel but this one is just okay. I excepted more blueberry sweetness but came off with a strong acidic sour feeling which took a toll on the palate.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Bottle won in lottery.
Pours a fairly opaque dark purple color with a smallish tan head that slowly dissipates. Aromas of caramel dark sugars and sweet berries with enough Belgian yeasty aromas to keep it from cloying. The flavor is what I expected from the aroma with a burnt sugary blueberry flavor dominating. Mild yeasty flavors and light phenols with just a touch of alcohol. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Interesting beer, I kind of dug it, but it's not horribly complex and gets a little monotonous to drink a big glass of it.

Photo of lewzer99
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours dark brown, with a violet tinge and a head the color of espresso crema.
S: very chocolaty, some tangy blueberry smells
T: chocolate, some blueberry tang, caramel and candied pitted fruits, with a boozy afterburner. Delicious
M: buttery and smooth
O: terrific, loved it

Photo of Fcolle2
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep woody brown with some purple hues. Not much of a head but there is a thin film from hard pour.

Smell is great. There are some great warm dark sugar and nice Belgian spicy yeast. There is a deep rich sweet caramel malty aroma that blends well with the sugar and yeast. Not a whole lot of blueberry but some very faint fruity hints.

Taste is awesome and follows the nose some great dark sugar flavors forward along with some nice spicy Belgian flavors. Mainly flavors of clove cardamon and pepper. Malt gives a nice sweet caramel like mid section before a very very light juicy blueberry flavor finishes the brew.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied and high carbonation leaves this very drinkable.

Brother Blue Beardo from Pipeworks Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.