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Buzzerkeley - Calicraft Brewing Co.

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GRG1313 on 07-14-2012)
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-09-2012 21:34:32 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%

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
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

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
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GRG1313

California

4.48/5  rDev +22.1%

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.

07-14-2012 05:18:09 | More by GRG1313
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-22-2014 19:54:46 | More by jaydoc
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-13-2013 07:06:32 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-08-2013 06:09:48 | More by largadeer
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mactrail

Washington

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%

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
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.45/5  rDev -33.2%

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.

08-31-2013 19:50:50 | More by lacqueredmouse
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-28-2013 15:17:42 | More by GraduatedCashew
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eawolff99

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-18-2013 18:12:21 | More by eawolff99
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

02-01-2014 04:00:03 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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AgentMunky

California

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

09-28-2013 06:56:32 | More by AgentMunky
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scottfrie

California

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%

750ml bottle into LA stemmed ware.

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a huge bright white head that slowly faded into a bubbly film.
S: Bright notes of champagne yeast, dry grains, pale malts, earth, lemon zest and a hint of sweet honey fill my nose. There is a mild spiciness as well.
T: More of a bready lager taste than anything else. Honey shines through nicely alongside more potent notes of bready grains, yeast and earthy spices. Very clean drinking and refreshing. I get a few notes of herbal hops in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body, very clean, light, and refreshing mouthfeel, with bubbly carb that isn’t over the top. Drinkability is off the charts.
O: Three for three from a great new brewery. I could drink this all day. Light and refreshing but flavorful and unique. Definitely check Calicraft out.

07-18-2012 02:04:19 | More by scottfrie
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ngeunit1

California

4.23/5  rDev +15.3%

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy and pilsner malts with some Belgian yeast, lemon zest, and some coriander and other spices.

T - Starts off with a mix of pilsner and grainy malts with some lemon zest and coriander. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast flavors come through with some more spices and a bit more fruity esters. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy and pilsner malts, lemon zest, and Belgian yeast.

M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with sweet, dry, and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel. Good yeast character.

11-07-2012 03:45:22 | More by ngeunit1
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-29-2014 11:33:49 | More by jbaker67
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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

05-23-2014 21:22:30 | More by KevMo84
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codynevels

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-26-2013 04:51:46 | More by codynevels
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-31-2014 15:22:52 | More by Gregwa
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-24-2012 00:10:02 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-03-2014 13:40:04 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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2GOOFY

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

07-27-2013 14:27:54 | More by 2GOOFY
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-13-2013 07:53:05 | More by mc4z
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LakerLeith

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-20-2014 09:05:28 | More by LakerLeith
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dertyd

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

06-24-2014 21:40:11 | More by dertyd
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Buzzerkeley from Calicraft Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.