Buzzerkeley - Calicraft Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours from a foil capped 750 ml bottle a clear yellowish with a solid 1-finger thick effervescent white head which leaves semi-rings and splotches.
N: White grape skins and some must, yeast, floral and hay/grass.
T: Fruity esters, grassy, some mild spicy pepper, faintly musty/mold.
M: Moderate body and semi-full carbonation. Finishes champange-like dry with zesty yeast and pepper.
O: A hybrid experimental with slightly too much pepper for me. 1 is enough.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2014 04:28:20 | More by wethorseblanket
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 750mL bottle into a New Belgium glass.
A: Hazy pale gold with small, white head. Effervescence.
S: Smells kind of like a tripel. Sweet grain. Belgian yeast.
T/M: Very tasty. I can taste the honeyed sweetness. The spicy-clean-sparkly yeast is spot on, providing for a ever-so-slightly tart (and dry) aftertaste. The mouthfeel is engaging and fantastic.
O: I was told that this beer was an accident in the brewer's dorm room, where he tried to make a mead and it went to hell and his buddy said ,"Just throw some champagne yeast in there to dry it out and all." Regardless, it's great. Recommended strongly.
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2013 06:56:32 | More by AgentMunky
2.45/5 rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Tall 750ml wrapped-cap brown bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA. Shared with Mr Richard Smith.
Pours a very clear golden colour, with an initially frothy white head that settles down to merely a frothy ring. Lace is solid. Body is quite heavy, so it holds carbonation pretty fully, despite the carbonation being a little bit flimsy and coarse.
Nose has some rounded Belgian notes, mingled with some harsher alcohol characters and an Almost Adjunct sweetness. Slight smokiness comes through, although it's perhaps just the slightly savoury note that permeates it along with the cereal character. Overall, it smells a little bit like a Belgian beer done by a non-Belgian: the characters are there, but are not moulded into their correct proportions.
Taste is similarly styled. Big sweetness throughout and more body than necessary, but cut with a estery yeast character that also suggests higher alcohols—it feels inchoately boozy: I know it's only mid-range for a Belgian Strong, but it feels bigger than it is. The palate lingers long after it's necessary, with barley sugar and other cereal sweetnesses extending it beyond its welcome.
Feel is too thick. It needs something to cut through it, and everything seems to fall short of doing it, including the body.
Overall, I found this really difficult to get through. It was in some senses quite a generic Belgian Strong, but it had none of the finesse which makes the style often so good. Ultimately it ended up like a beer someone was trying out without really understanding of what makes it good.
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2013 19:50:50 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.31/5 rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Consumed during the second monthly "Beermageddon" with many others recently. Review is from my notes. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle. Thanks, Erik!
Pours a golden, lightly amber tinged color with a lot of champagne-like carbonation. A slightly foamy, white head about one finger large coats the top, although it dissipates surprisingly fast. What's up with that? Nevertheless, a ring remains afloat, and the bubbles are huge on this one, often coating to the glass and zipping up and full speed depending where they remain. I really wish I could have poured this into a flute or pokal glass - I believe the sparkling, wondrous effect this is trying to achieve would come into place. Not bad, but only above average here.
The aroma consists of lightened, golden grain flavor melded with sweetness imparted from the sugars and alcohol, as well as light fruits and spices. White grapes are obvious, although there's an array of light apricots and green melon underneath. Honeysuckle flavors, especially on the floral side, are firm and present. Light sugar and mineral flavors remain. All of it is really subtle, but does a good job in masking the booze, and it pleasant to the senses in spite of lacking depth.
The flavor is well grounded, as far as the style goes, with the same continuation of golden grains, cane sugar, and honeysuckle phenols. It's initially fruity and crisp, as well as slightly yeasty. Grapes, apricots, and maybe a bit of pineapple. Not too hoppy, although definitely the floral, grassy notes imparted by the resins shine through. Light all around - feels pretty cracker-y and crisp, and almost in way that is too light for the style. More alcohol would have thrown it off, but perhaps the yeast needed to be more present. Indeed, one of the yeast strains here is Trappist yeast, but it's definitely not as spicy (or funky) as anticipated. Well carbonated, while still semi-sweet and semi-dry. Not as creamy as I personally like it, even though it retains decent carbonation. Very middle of the road, even for the style at hand.
I suppose this is a good way to introduce people to Belgian-style pale ales, but it isn't as spicy or complex as I usually like it. The dry hops I enjoy in the style are lacking, although the addition of a sparkling wine flavor and feel is nice addition. Surprisingly light for the style - no yeastiness or booze drags down the senses, and it could be a fruitier replacement for summer ales that are popping up around this time of the year. Definitely better than their Cali Coast - I have faith that this brewery will start to churn up better and better offerings as time goes on.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2013 23:52:18 | More by magictacosinus
Buzzerkeley from Calicraft Brewing Co.
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