Buzzerkeley - Calicraft Brewing Co.
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2.45/5 rDev -33.1%
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.
08-31-2013 19:50:50 | More by lacqueredmouse
2.78/5 rDev -24%
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.
09-10-2012 22:31:32 | More by Philousa
3.31/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
06-17-2013 23:52:18 | More by magictacosinus
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a golden amber color with a tall white head. Nose is bready with plenty of sweet malt. A bit of spice along with yeast, floral notes, and a light fruit ester quality. The flavor is typical of a Belgian pale ale. Good esters and spices, yeast, and a bit of biscuit malt and toasted bread. Didn't expect much from this, but found it enjoyable.
08-07-2012 20:36:45 | More by womencantsail
3.69/5 rDev +0.8%
Attractive golden color in what seems like the appropriate Stella Artois glass. White head and sudsy mouthfeel. The aroma of honey is not so nice.
My first thought on tasting this is "Champale is back!" I'm waiting for the Almonetta, Coconetta, and all the other ladies' favorite flavors. The champagne yeast seems to be just the ticket for a lighter, smoother Belgian-inspired beer. This is one beer that you don't want to warm up. When I had this on tap at the Church Key in San Francisco it was really cold and delicious.
From the 750 ml bottle bought at Beer Revolution in Oakland.
02-02-2013 08:29:34 | More by mactrail
3.71/5 rDev +1.4%
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Pours a clear gold with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and white grape juice. Taste is much the same with a yeasty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and tasty.
02-22-2013 17:08:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
Buzzerkeley from Calicraft Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.