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Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale AleIcon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewer Sam Wright's Description: I was going for an approachable Belgian beer that people could drink more than one of. I wanted to use a simple malt bill with British crystal malts to provide a nice sweetness that doesn't get muddled with the yeast character and the hops. To add an American element, Chinook hops were used for bittering, which adds a piney flavor. Saaz hops were added for aroma that blends well with the yeast. I selected a yeast that adds Belgian yeast character without going overboard with phenols. I wanted to make a beer that used ingredients from disparate brewing traditions that worked well together.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 01-09-2013)
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Reviews by Labeorphile:
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3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle dated 1/4/2013 into a tulip glass. One finger foamy head quickly settles down to a small ring. Color is copper with tiny streams of bubbles coming up.

Smells like a Belgian, very yeasty but not much character. Maybe a hint of metallic.

Flavor is good but not great. Again, not much character. I realize this is not a Trippel, bit it still lacks something. Little bit of funk on the finish is nice.

Mouth feel seems about right, a little thin. Still, refreshing and very drinkable.

Labeorphile, Sep 27, 2013
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Nose is a little 'dirtier' than a typical Belgian pale ale, as it has more caramel and even a little toffee. Small bit of grass in there for the hops. It seems to be a little upside down when compared to many of the style, maltier and less hoppy than is expected. Touch of apple fruitiness comes out as it warms.

Taste brings everything back into focus nicely, the fruity yeast playing well with a honey-drizzled biscuit. Moderate grassy hop adds to the complexity and well-roundedness. I like the mouthfeel, very creamy and holds the contributions from yeast, malt and hops all the way through. Pretty good beer, I am impressed with this beer, although I find it to be quite different from the typical BSPA or BPA.

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Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.