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Karma - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

835 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2005)
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Belgian farmhouse/pale ale from an excellent brewery in Colorado. Gotta try this...poured from a 12 oz. bottle to the trusty 'La Rulles' tasting glass.

A: Nice-looking, crystal clear golden-orange. A white, fizzy head about 1/2-finger high tops this one, fading pretty rapidly. Many carbonation bubbles rise randomly. Nice sticking lace.

S: Rather bland aroma of gummy malt, very faint sugary fruit and a little yeast. Expected more from this...

T: Starts with a bounty of roasted barley, nutty and spicy-sweet. Develops into a sticky yeastiness with some fruit (ripe melon and pear). Finishes full of dry pepper and some herbal hops. I really don't taste the "Belgian-ness" in this one, unfortunately...

M: Good carbonation initially but yeastiness seems to thicken the mouth beyond what I expect in a Belgian Pale Ale. Pepper and hops last on the tongue for a while...

D: Pretty good beer, but I really had to search for the Belgian yeast....it's there, but much more subtle than hoped for. Otherwise, a pale ale that's somewhere in the midst of the pack. Good for a try, then probably move on...

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 05:03:48 | More by msubulldog25
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stylin' label with an Indian Goddess and a blurb about Karma. Anywho...

Clear chestnut amber hues topped with a frothy wafer thin head that wiggles to the edges of the glass

Quite light scents of delicate yeast and spiced wafer.

First swigs: Sweet caramel and lightly toasted malt. Middle of Sugar Daddy candy...(overlooking any trademark infringement there.)

Medium bodied and a bit on the sugary thick side with a middle carbonation.

Last swigs: Really lacks a solid defining flavor characteristic.Some basic yeasty flavors meet delicate root beer. Nada mas!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 03:34:46 | More by blitheringidiot
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- Served a golden amber colored brew with a one finger white head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell-The aroma is heaviest of a toasted malt and caramel sweetness. Mixed with these aromas is a presence of citrus as well as some notes of an herbal nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and toasted malt base mixed with lighter fruit flavors of citrus and light fruits like pear. The fruit fades with some caramel taking the place of the dwindling fruit flavors. As the taste advances further flavors of a spice and a lighter herbal and floral nature come to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to its end where a crisp, mainly malty, and mildly Belgian flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the medium side to slightly lower side in terms of its thickness with a carbonation level that was quite average. Both were fairly nice for creating a very drinkable brew while still accommodating the malt and lighter fruit and spice flavors rather well.

Overall – A fairly easy drinking brew with a decent amount of flavor. It makes a rather good session, but overall is nothing too special.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2013 01:43:40 | More by Darkmagus82
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kaimcm

California

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: eh. fine, nothing great. not as much head as I would expect or prefer for the style. medium golden body. honeyed.

S: some yeast and fruit, prominent apple.

T/M: prickly carbonation, though the body is a little thin. a touch soft, with mid palate sweetness that dries on the finish. yeast and fruit are obvious and well balanced for the most part. orange, apple, caramel, and some dry husk qualities as well.

D: very quaffable just not that interesting. not a chore by any means but not intriquing enough for another.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 01:31:45 | More by kaimcm
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darkish yellow orange appearance, almost amber, clearish with a 1/4 inch white head of foam. Laces amply but fairly simply on the glass. Bready aroma, some pizza dough yeastiness with hop tones, but fairly reserved overall. Light mouthfeel with medium to high effervesence. Light in the flavor department, mildly hoppy in almost a Pac Northwest sense, standard malt bill, and not much else other than a bit of cinnamon spiciness. Doesn't seem to have a lot of qualities more typical of the style, the mouthfeel is missing, but the aroma is pleasant and comes off pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 23:57:29 | More by ADR
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glid02

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of mild pale and caramel malts with good amounts of overripe fruit - mostly green apples but with hints of pears and cherries.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muddled caramel malt flavors with a sweetness that comes and goes kicks things off. Good amount of mildly tart green apple flavors join in midway through the sip, along with other medium fruits that are almost berry-like. The ending is on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is not that great. I didn't have the easiest time in the world finishing my glass and definitely wouldn't have another.

Overall I just wasn't a fan of this beer. Not horrible but it's struggling to be average.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 00:58:54 | More by glid02
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle. Poured a slightly hazy orange color with a thick white head that disapated quickly but left some good lacing down the sides of my glass. The beer had a hoppy aroma with some biscuit and slight fruit but nothing to powerful to my nose. The taste a bit hoppy with some orange fruit tones but nothing to strong or overly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 03:27:07 | More by ggaughan
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P- AOH (Al's of Hampden)

A- a cloudy ornage color with a finger and half head pour. A spiderweb lacing on the pint. A mountainous peaky head as well.

S- a fruity and floral nose. It is like apricot mixed with pungent roses.

T- a carbonated apricot spritzer is what it tastes like. The malts come through in the end as well and they are sweet.

M- Medium bodied beer taht reminds me more of a fruit beer than a BPA.

D- easy to throw back and is a nice beer for a beginner in micro's. I would purchase a sixer for a gathering.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 18:41:05 | More by Dodo2step
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metter98

New York

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear amber-orange in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and spicy and herbal hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and additionally has flavors of apples and pears. There are notes of malty sweetness; no bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer has an interesting smell and taste but could use stronger aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 00:49:36 | More by metter98
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Karma pours an absolutely beautiful copper tinged light amber color. It is crystal clear and has a nice white head that fades all too quickly, but the ring of foam that remains leaves pretty mediocre lace.

The aroma is fairly malty for a pale ale, with some nice caramel and sweet bready notes that are spiked with some floral, lemon grass like hop aromas. There is also just a rumor and spicy yeast.

The hops come through a bit more in the flavor, showing off a well balanced floral and slightly grassy mélange that is spiked by just a touch of citrus zest. The malt character strikes me as being just a bit grainy, detracting some from the bready sweetness and caramel. Perhaps it is not even the malt, but the hops and the supposed Belgian yeast? To be honest this does not taste very Belgian at all.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a fairly lively carbonation that keeps the beer refreshing. The finish is mostly dry, but not overly so. It is definitely the sort of beer that finishes in a way that prepares you for the next sip.

This is a pretty weird brew. I cannot say that I am a huge fan of the hop character and the Belgian aspect seems pretty lost on me. Still, this brew manages to be quite refreshing and is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 03:36:21 | More by zoso1967
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy orange-gold with a huge creamy beige head.

Aroma of berries, cloves, Belgian yeast and sweet malts.

The taste is slightly sweet with Belgian yeast, pears, sweet malts, and berries. Light biscuit and a touch of bitterness at the finish.

Medium bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

Quite drinkable but nothing outstanding with this Belgian pale.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 03:37:47 | More by Monkeyknife
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dorianmarley

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is very nice golden orange. Pancake white head and nice lacing.

Nose is caramelized malt, orange zest, and hardy hops.

Taste is an exciting assortment of caramel, orange zest, sour candy, light bread, and light hops. Tastes shift like a good Belgian. However, after a few sips, the flavors fade and mesh into a soda-like sensation.

Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing with mild carbonation. However, the carbonation picks up at the end like club soda; muddling the taste.

Overall, starts off great, but the carbonation and mouthfeel are so distracting that the entire brew becomes a disapointment.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 01:07:01 | More by dorianmarley
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Slynger

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent stab at a Belgian Pale. Light honey and orangey citrus with some yeast in the nose. Toasted, grainy, wheat, with some orange and a mild spiciness. Nice mouthfeel with lots of fuzzy carbonation. Not a bad try, but it doesn't come close to the best versions.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 03:55:57 | More by Slynger
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elniko

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Unibroue tulip glass.

A: Rich amber coloring with nice head but not as big as I was expecting. Lacing apparent along with carbonation. Good looking brew.

S: Getting burnt tones on the nose along with some very faint floral tones. After it warmed up I began to get apple tones.

T & M: Mouthfeel a little on the thin side. Burnt tones come out in the taste as well. A little tartness on the finish but overall thin in taste department as well.

D: Drinkable but I don't think I'll be seeking again. This is the first Avery that left me somewhat underwhelmed.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 22:36:01 | More by elniko
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle; served ina tulip.

Bright, weak copper; golden highlights with a chill haze present. Slightly dense, foamy white head with average retention. Thin and drops of spotted lacing.

Musty, dried fruity-esters: apple, raisin, date; aged fruit. Touches of brown sugar.

Earthen flavored malts; not qute rich or chocolate/caramel in flavor. Lots of yeast-driven mustiness aided by a corriander spice making for a dry finish. A tea-flavored aftertaste with notes of brown sugar and other mild spices.

A light, medium bodied; dry, too carbonated even for a Belgian-style.

An average domestic version that doesn't do too much for me. Too floral, dry, and bland to go back to.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 17:12:39 | More by NEhophead
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grittybrews

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich, clear orange amber into a tulip with a finger of fluffy, bright white head. Really nice aroma of subtle honey, clove, with lemon and maybe a hint of tangerine.

Lowish carbonation and a light, slightly thin mouthfeel. Mild grain and lemon up front with some hints of spice on the finish.

Good smellin' but a little watery and lacking in flavor. Easy enough to drink, though!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 14:11:02 | More by grittybrews
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prototypic

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Karma pours a light copper or bronze color. It's very clear and has a slight orange tint with a little light. It's topped with huge french vanilla colored head that is easily over three fingers deep. Couple that with its extremely slow dissipation time and you've got a very solid look. But, lacing was a little too thin for it go any further.

The nose is alright, but not quite good. Toasted malts are prominent and give it an Oktoberfest type smell. Interesting. Caramel malt is also noted. It smells a little on the sweet side. Hops are noted and have some citric and earthy qualities. The citric aspect tastes mostly like lemon and orange. Light Belgian yeast is noted, but it's far too faint. Up until that point, I was ready to dispute the style classification. Overall, it's not good for a BSPA. Aside from a little Belgian yeast, it's not really recognizable as such.

The flavor is a better, but it's still just okay. There's some caramel malt sweetness up front. I'm not getting any toasted malt in the flavor, which is a very good thing. There's a bit of citric and floral hop flavors. They're largely balanced out by the malt and don't provide a bitter aspect to the flavor. Not really a good or bad thing. Belgian yeast is barely noticeable. That's a really bad thing for Karma (or any BSPA for that matter). There's just enough to pass muster for the style. Not near enough to satisfy. There's a slight spicy flavor on the finish. It's not strong enough to identify. Meh. It's alright, but not very impressive.

Karma has a medium body. It's not quite smooth, but isn't bad. Carbonation is relatively light and isn't offensive. Drinkability is pretty average. The flavor is far from a disaster, but it's disappointing for the style. Given the amount of great BSPAs out there, I wouldn't spend too much time with this one.

Karma is a disappointing BSPA. It doesn't have enough good BSPA qualities to succeed for the style. The nose is a little misleading and the flavor seems off. There's not enough of a yeast presence and the spicy aspect is very mediocre. Avery's a good brewery and this is definitely not one of their better releases. A couple of modifications would improve it, but I'm still doubtful that it'd be competitive with some of the great BSPAs out there. It's probably worth a try, but if you're in the market for a kick-ass BSPA, just go get a real one.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 02:11:35 | More by prototypic
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cheers2beers

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice crisp shade of amber/orange. An average sized head rose up and fell within two minutes or so. I am suprised that there is actually some descent lacing going on. A nice steady bead is also noted.

Smell: Pale malts and some fruity accents, mainly orange blossom and maybe some apricot or peaches. This is also mildly grassy like a german pilsner.

Taste: The palate is dominated by pale malt reminiscent of a Kolsch. The yeast is imparting some of those fruit flavors that I smell in the nose. Not citrusy but orange is still suggested as well as some lighter fruit notes, peaches, pears, apricots. Alcohol presence is non-existant but thats probably because all of the BIG beers that I consume have ravaged my palate. I also am pleasently suprised at the hop bitterness that I am finding. This is almost like a lighter fruity American pale ale. Not bad but I was expecting more.

Mouthfeel: This is teeters on the fatter side of thin. Light but not void of body. Very pleasent mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I was expecting a bit more from this beer but I was not at all dissapointed. The fruity and grassy elements combined with its overall softness make this quite the easy drinker. Its worth a try but I dont think this will be a regular in my rotation.

Cheers2Beers

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 03:31:43 | More by cheers2beers
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plaid75

New York

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a clear copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured greenvapplexand some light peach and plum aromas.

The taste was likewise fruity with esters flying around.

The mouthfeel was light for the style.

Overall a poor example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 00:28:06 | More by plaid75
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sweethome

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber/orange. Light head dissipates quickly.

Nose has a bit of barnyard and sweet tea.

First taste is bready malt. The mouthfeel is decent, rather soft but fairly full. Provides some tea flavors, a hint of bready malts continue on through...but then lacks the hops to clear it out and seal the deal. Is this really an Avery beer??

The beer is easy drinking and somewhat tasty, probably the session beer from Avery, but still can't believe there isn't more hops in here. Avery is one of the hop kings! The belgian yeast does not assert itself also.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 01:57:55 | More by sweethome
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movingtrain

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Piraat glass.

Pours a copper orange, and almost no head to speak of. The bottle reads that this is brewed with "farmhouse and pale ales of Belgium in mind," but I'm not seeing much activity out of the bottle. Maybe this needs some age on it? Maybe not.

First whiff gives off very bready notes, some caramel and honey, and flowers. There is a sour note in the nose, as well...a slight bit funky. A bit of bitter apple and moldy cheese finish it off.

The taste is all right...sweet in the center of the tongue, giving way to flavors of crackers, chalk, honey, and a bit of caramel...maybe some brown candy sugar notes in there, too. This one is very dry on the tongue, somewhat earthy, and subtle sweetness.

In terms of mouthfeel, it's a bit chalky and, as said before, dry. It is drinkable, and, as with other American beers in this vein, would be pretty good ice cold on an overly hot summer day.

As far as the overall beer goes, it's good, but nothing to write home about. Which, when nothing too exciting is happening, isn't a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 00:41:28 | More by movingtrain
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soju6

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a dark copper color with a nice head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of some malt sweetness, mild citrus and bit of mixed fruit in the background.

T: Taste of some malt sweetness with some citrus and fruit in the background. Has a mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Moderate body smooth and has a bit of character.

O: Nice beer for the style as it goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2013 20:33:51 | More by soju6
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mactrail

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first question after gazing at the label and slurping was, "what style is this supposed to be?" I am still surprised at the answer.

Looks nice enough, with a sudsy cap and decent lacing. Nondescript amberish color. Quite spritzy on the tongue, which would make this a good lawnmower beer. Very light malt and not much body. I fail to detect any Belgian yeasty flavors, though it does dry out slightly and there is a hint of yeasiness in the nose. Are there any hops here?

For the category, it gets a sad shake of the head. As a drinkable sudsy brew, and who cares what they drink in Belgium, it's a winner. I suppose you could say it's a lighter version of Great Divide's Colette. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Pinkie's in San Angelo.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 04:27:27 | More by mactrail
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Bay in New Brunswick NJ. Reviewed on my Droid

Arrives a pale copper color with minimal head. Pour is a little short. Yeasty esthers dominate the aroma. Fruity. This is a medium bodied beer with no overpowerin flavors. Belgian yeast is the most prevalent flavor, with minimal hoppiness and a muted malt backbone. Nicely drinkable.

A very middle of the road beer. A bit to esthery for my tastes, but nothing off-putting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2010 22:20:39 | More by FickleBeast
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Natural510

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, no dating (limited release).

Pours a medium amber-red with very little in the way of head or lacing.

Scent is mostly a breaded malt with a hint of fruit, ala strawberry.

Flavor again is composed of a breaded, caramel malt with only a hint of hop balance. Yeast is very subtle, which is unusual for a "Belgian-style" ale.

Mouthfeel is okay, no great shakes. I feel this would do better as a cask offering.

More of an English pale ale than Belgian in style. The yeast could be more pronounced, given that is how it's marketed. All in all, pretty "meh".

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 11:25:06 | More by Natural510
Karma from Avery Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.