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Odd Notion - Belgian Blonde (Summer 2009) - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Odd Notion - Belgian Blonde (Summer 2009)Odd Notion - Belgian Blonde (Summer 2009)

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-21-2009)
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Reviews by stevenseg:
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3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OK. I am trying to get through the reviews of the Magic Hat summer seasonal variety pack. I'm on my third here and wish I had though about it at the BEGINNING of the pack.

I didn't really get the label art (I'm a big fan of creative label art). The Odd Notion Spring Seasonal was similar, but not so...yellow. Anyway..I finally figured it out. The little symbols hanging from the flag on the label kinda spell the word "ODD". Maybe I am used to a little more overt marketing, but alas, I'm now in the know.

The original appearance was good, summer wheat style, a foggy yellow/orange. I have had to really pour hard to get any sort of head, and the head dissipates within a few minutes to not even a thin film. Looking back on my remaining 6 oz., it's nearly completely devoid of any head at all. Hot that this really matters to me...I am a little irrational in my affinity for the thick foam of English ales. It just indicates a very loosely carbonated brew, most likely artificial given Magic Hat's semi-commercial presence.

Upon first sniff, I was overwhelmed with cloves. It's a summer brew and cloves are a summer flavor, but it was overwhelming. It's better than rotten eggs, and it was a good indicator of the tastes that follow, so I didn't give the Odd Notion too much grief.

On first sip, the Belgian yeast strain used in the brewing of the Odd Notion Summer Seasonal (2009) emanates. Imagine the typical Belgian front creating substantial sweetness....but less champagney...with a strong of cloves. I am still tasting cloves, as a matter of fact...it lingers.

As the thin head suggests, the beer is a typical summer brew designed to quench thirst and be light on the stomach. It's a thin ale and can be enjoyed very cold with no interference with the overall style.

Summer brews are designed ot be enjoyed in bulk and be light-bodied. This Magic Hat summer seasonal is just that. Don't expect to settle down with one of these at a nice red meat dinner, but pulling one of these off ice as your are laying out on a boat is more its purpose. Would I have another? Well, the Odd Notion Summer Seasonal was the last bottle in my fridge, and I'm on a roll, so right now I wouldn't be opposed to anything.

Give it a shot. If you are a hefeweizen fan and like the taste of cloves, this one will be up your alley.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 20:27:17 | More by stevenseg
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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

This beer poured a nice clear golden color with an very small white foamy head that was fully diminishing and left very little, if any lacing behind.

The aroma was malty to say the least with floral hops and a barnyard scented yeast with a slight hint of citrus and spices.

It tasted mildly malty and fruity in the beginning and finished quite yeasty with a nice citrus note at the end leaving the flavor to hang on only a short time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was just a shade over light in body and mildly creamy in texture with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice summer brew. Although it is lacking just a bit for a Belgian Ale, it is most definitely worth a taste.

Mouthfeel was just a shade over light in body and mildly creamy in texture with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice summer brew. Although it is lacking just a bit for a Belgian Ale, it is most definitely worth a taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 18:14:43 | More by KajII
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3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks like a pilsner, presenting a clear golden liquid that is topped by a foamy head which, unfortunately, fades altogether too quickly; no real lace but a few legs decorate the side of the snifter

Smell: Smells like a hefe brewed with Belgian yeast, as the banana and clove elements are very strong, though there is clearly a Belgian yeast strain being used

Taste: Banana bread, up front, followed by a strong clovey aspect through mid-palate; after the swallow, the yeasty phenols take their turn and challenge the hefe flavors

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Drinkability: An interesting combination that just didn't work too well for me

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3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Very golden with cloudiness inside. Little carbonation. Little head. Good lacing.

Smell. Pure pale ale. Very inviting. Citrus and noticeable hops. Very good.

Taste. I detect some fruit overpowered by hops. Bitter finish but very tasty.

Mouth feel. A little dry but light. Good not great.

Drinkability. Very high. Goes down really easily.

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07-10-2010 17:12:16 | More by Milestone221
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3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While visiting some friends in Northern New Jersey my buddy offered me one of these with dinner. Had no idea it was a Belgian Pale until I looked it up here.

Consumed 1/23/2010- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle as pictured poured into a pint glass.

A- Kind of a faded gold with a fluffy finger and a half white head that settled pretty quick to a patchy skim. Mild but steady carbination bubbles.

S- Light fruit, mainly citrus as well as hints of cloves.

T- The same profile as the smell but a little bolder as well as some hop tingle on the back end.

M- Light bodied, crisp and not too much carbination tingle.

D- This ones a pretty easy drinker. Easy summer session beer but still worked well with a pasta dinner in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow, slightly orange color with less than a finger of white head (not much retension and little to no lacing.) A bit of cloudiness about it brought on by tiny chunks of yeast sediment that happened their way into my glass depsite a careful pour. Nose immediately reveals what this "mystery summer beverage" as a belgian. It has citrus all over the front end of the nose with clove bringing in the finish of the smell. Taste is minorly sweet with malt, clove, and orange-like citrus. Picking up a bit on some sulfur twang as wel both in the taste and subsequently the smelll. Feel is medium to light with fair amount of carbination. Lingering taste of clove on the tounge and a hanging sweetness. Has a warming finish, more than what I expected for 6%.

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10-30-2009 22:41:45 | More by stakem
Photo of david18

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3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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10-02-2009 20:00:46 | More by david18
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3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - transparent straw colored, with a minimal fizzy white head, steady small amounts of carbonation

S - metallic and yeasty, with a slight bubblgum/banana type aroma, similar to a hefe

T - sweeter than i expected, the bubblegum/banana characteristics make it quite sweet, with a yeasty-bready foundation, much better than i thought it would be from the aroma, gets better as it warms

M&D - highly carbonated,lively on the tongue, but an easy session beer

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10-02-2009 02:52:33 | More by sinstaineddemon
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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single picked up from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light gold color with a 1.5-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light fruits - pears mostly - with citrus fruits and hints of candi sugar. As it warms alcohol aromas come out a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt and light fruit flavors up front with a syrupy underlying sweetness and a very light hint of citrus. As it warms it sweetens but the fruit flavors remain throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle fairly quickly and could have another.

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Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 03:23:49 | More by glid02
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New York

2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very transparent, a light golden yellow, pretty much no head at all

Smell: kinda like a stale clove scent that makes you question, "what is that?.." as well as the hoppy scent

Taste: The first time I had this beer I thought it was terrible tasting but this time I think its not nearly as bad. And actually semi-good, it seems like it needs to be opened up a little and drank slightly warmer even if you are a fan of cold beer. The taste has cloves at the foreground.

Mouthfeel: A smooth malty flavor semi-sweet, still cloves are all over this, not much carbonation and not a terrible aftertaste

Drinkability: Eh, It's a once in a while beer, it has some uniqueness to it, but I wouldn't say its too great.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 04:36:06 | More by mikel52588
Photo of craftaholic

New York

2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a pale translucent color with a head that had no retention whatsoever, carbonation was minimal. Best date: NOV 09

Smell: Very yeasty, almost like liquid bread and there is even a touch of banana in the aroma. There are even some pungent touches of 'skunk' scent.

Taste: This beer doesn't blend as good as it could and should. The yeast is unbalanced and set that way by a astringent and metallic flavor with even some apple-esq sweetness and hints of clove that throw wrenchs in the gears. Ends on a smokey flavor that is somewhat unappealing; quite complex but not in a good way. Tastes so much better warmed up; let it open and it'll reward you.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, decent carbonation but leaves the mouth with a film.

Drinkability: Since it is a summer brew it falls into the category of being light on a summers day but falls short of making me want to grab another.

Overall: Granted this is a tester thankfully Magic can still go back and decipher the reviews on it but in my opinion this batch is best left as a 'notion' and not as the next motion in brewing for them at least not with some major tweaks.

Added bonus: Cap reminds me that magic still has a decent offering:
"have a #9 to stop your whine"

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 04:16:41 | More by craftaholic
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Odd Notion - Belgian Blonde (Summer 2009) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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