Buzzerkeley - Calicraft Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 14
Hads: 77
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 34.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Calicraft Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GRG1313 on 07-14-2012

Buzzerkeley blurs the line between beer and wine. Pushing the boundary of taste and style, this light and zesty Sparkling Ale showcases pure California Starthistle honey and is a blend of two batches, one made with a Champagne yeast, the other with a Belgian yeast, blended one-to-one.
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Reviews by Philousa:
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2.82/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Imbibed on tap at Original Gravity on 9/8/12.

Clear metallic yellow gold with small amount of white head. Some Belgian spices and pungent aroma start things off. A little clove and almond comes out much more with a swirl. A small amount of plasticky esters, but I really had to pick it out. Mostly sweet Belgian grains, honey is what comes to mind. Strong Belgian pungent malt flavor, again with the clove and almond, maybe a little walnut. Sweetness is definitely prominent and honey-like. The bitterness is not a big part of the beer and I get more of a nectar like flavor with a strong pungentness that ends slightly bitter. MF is medium with a slight dry finish. 

This one is nothing special. Could make it more interesting in a bottle  if I could add some yeast.

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Pours a clear bright amber orange with a lovely, thick and firm white head, that unfortunately fades a bit quickly.

Nose is full assertive esters of banana and cooked stone fruit.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and rich with very light carbonation. In fact, feels almost like a "beer cream."

Flavor profile is bold and assertive rich biscuit and cracker yeast; undertones of fresh white bread but with a rich almost sweet rice undertone. Beer is actually luscious in the mouth with a rich elegance to the flavors. Hints of spice, whiskey and heavily creamed rich honey come to mind.

Finish is cooked honey and fruit with a hint of dry bitterness. This one is really quite complex and very nice all around. The bottle speaks of the beer "blurring the line between beer and wine." Actually a pretty good description.

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Poured from 750 mL bottle into champagne flute.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with high carbonation, but only a 1/4 inch white head that quickly settles down to a thin skim that is continually fed by the carbonation jets...very champagne-like.
S: Belgian yeast, candi sugar, dry white wine, a musty note, white pepper, and a hint of honey.
T: The blend is apparent with the Belgian yeast side hitting first, quickly followed by the champagne yeast side. Honey, dry sweet white wine, white pepper, and a mild musty/funky note. With warming, sourdough and spearmint come to the surface.
M: Light-medium body. Mild effervescence (I was expecting a bit more here based upon appearance). Dry and sweet throughout. Mildly oily feel.
D: An interesting brew to be sure. I like the thought process behind it and the end result is solid, but not spectacular. I wonder what a 5-to-3 ratio of champagne-to-Belgian yeast blend would taste like. It seems if the balance was shifted a bit more toward the champagne yeast side of things it might be even better.

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Buzzerkeley from Calicraft Brewing Co.
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