Brewer's Art Beazly Ale - The Brewer's Art

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Brewer's Art Beazly AleBrewer's Art Beazly Ale

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BA SCORE
90
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349 Ratings
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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 30
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Brewer's Art visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 06-17-2003

Our answer to the Belgian «devil» beers (i.e. Lucifer, Duvel, etc.). Both rich and dry, this beer is
all too easy to consume in large quantities. Hopped with Styrian Goldings. 7.25%abv

Formerly Ozzy Ale
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Nice, a Devil Beer! No need to tempt us--we won't be looking for a job at Piggly Wiggly either.

Stunningly clear, pale golden color, massive crown of head, which is a trademark for most devil beers. Seriously, the head retention is out of this world. Lovely aroma of dusty yeast, oily hops; dry, doughy, biscuity malt, lilac and other wildflowers, ripe apricots and a faint peppercorn from the alcohol. Super smooth with a lush, crisp backend, medium bodied. A beautiful hop character is thrown at the palate, bitter and oily and melding well with the medicinal phenols that bring a little roughness to the table. Slight fruitiness of pear and apricot, more orchard roundness rather than just sweetness. Alcohol is mild yet still has a slight sting to let you know its strength. Finishes dry with a lingering doughy malt and a spicy hop, phenol and alcohol trio.

Uh, is there any way to sublet our souls to be able to drink this beer on a regular basis? Sure, it ranks very well within the "Devil Beer" realm, but it comes across more like a Belgian IPA / Devil Beer hybrid, which makes us salivate that much more. Dangerously drinkable. Another glass, please.

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Clear gold with a finger of fizzy white head that leaves patches swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is mix of sweetness, fruit and spice. This is quite zippy in the nose. The taste is similar. Bready sugars, fruit (getting a good bit of tart apple) and spicy throughout. The finish is especially dry and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp and lively feel to the carbonation that pops in the mouth. There is a little alcohol here. I’ve always thought that Ozzy was a decent beer but I’m happy to see that you can now enjoy it in a 12oz portion instead of having to commit to a 750ml bottle. This translated to the canned packaging well.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight 4's down the line on this solid brew,pours a lighter shade of gold with a nice big fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing.The aroma is yeasty and very citriusy.Seemed to be a very malt accented brew tastes of citruis and some light smokiness with a big malty finish.I have had 3 or 4 of The brewers Art beers and all seem to be pretty solid.

Photo of Kraken
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes-
Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an oversixed wine glass. Best by/bottled on date is unreadable. Sharp pop from cork tells of massive carbonation. Color is of lite straw. Immense head reminescent of De dolle, five finger massive expanding sticky head, great lace.
Nose- Belgian yeast, hops, and shortbread. My mouth is watering.
Taste- The wait for the head to fall is well worth it. lite sweetness from the malts, very smooth, faint hop bitters. Shortbread. Alcohol is hidden.
Mouthfeel- A pleasent myriad of fine carbonation. Long dry finish.
Drinkability- I could drink this all night long.

Photo of boatshoes
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from Dyan in my first trade, thanks! Shared with a couple friends this evening over some dinner.

Appearance- Pours with a massive white head over a golden, slightly hazy body. Off of a very mild pour, I have to stop half way through to let it settle. Really quite an impressive amount of carbonation going on, but not quite a gusher. Nice looking though with the pillowy white head.

Smell- Hmm, lots of spice, candy sugar, yeast, and grain in the nose. Most prominently, I get a lot of bready yeastiness and slightly musty (though not in a bad way if that makes sense) grains. Spices follow in the back of the nose notching up the complexity just a tad.

Taste- First thing that I notice is that this is very sweet in my opinion for the style. Lots of the sugar up front, followed thereafter by the yeastiness I got in the nose, along with lively spices. Grains are still present, but not nearly as much as I was expecting. Not a bad flavor overall, but much sweeter than I was expecting and a touch too much for what I like in the style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is quite nice on this brew. Not overly aggressive carbonation despite the initial pour and goes down quite smooth, though not quite as dry as I'm used to. Drinkability suffers again a bit from the sugary sweetness given that I found it to be at a higher level than most Belgian pale ales I'm used to however and I couldn't do much more than one glass of this.

Overall, a pretty solid shot at the style on the part of the Brewer's Art and I'm happy I got to try an offering from a brewery I've never tried before. That being said, it was a bit overly sweet for the style in my opinion and there are other examples I'd turn to first when seeking out a belgian pale ale.

Photo of hagbergl
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance (4/5): 2.5 fingers of bubbly white head sit atop a clear golden body. It reduces quickly to a ring of foam. Lots of Belgian lacing on the sides of the glass and carbonation trailing visibly to the surface. Good head retention. An appealing looking beer when in proper glassware.

Smell (4/5): The smell has an herbal/medicinal quality that you get with Belgian witbiers and pale ales, but also a more pronounced banana quality (much like Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen) than what I’m used to with Belgians. On the spicy-fruity yeast spectrum, this leans heavily to the fruity side. Fairly mellow with a hint of clove and wheat. Not much hops to speak of.

Taste (4/5): Wheat-like notes. Notes of clove, banana, pear and golden apple in the foretaste, the beer goes medium dry with a touch of spicy, lightly bitter and grassy Noble-style hop flavor. More medicinal and earthy in the finish. A very slight warming in the back of the throat. The yeast and malts are doing some very nice things in this beer that lend complexity and nuance.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Slightly less than medium carbonation, nonetheless, which I find off the ideal level stylistically speaking. The drinkability is quite high, however, and I appreciate the lush creaminess of this beer’s feel. An extremely pleasant dryness to it, too.

Overall (4/5): Beazly/Ozzy is a very good, easy-drinking Belgian-style pale ale that works in quite a bit of complexity. I particularly like how it goes from fruity to slightly bitter/grassy to earthy and dry in the finish. Good transition of flavors. I do wish that this beer was slightly more carbonated. After it sits in the glass for a while (we're talking 45 mins.), it tastes flat and still. This can EASILY be remedied, so I'm hoping the good folks at Brewer's Art do so.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of gford217 - much obliged!

Pours a clear golden straw color with a two-finger white head. The head dissipate fairly quickly leaving a thin pancake on top and decent lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated fruits - pears and apricots mostly but with hints of green apples. There's also a small amount of spiciness that intensifies a bit as the head dissipates.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined by pears and apricots. Midway through the sip the green apples make an appearance before a solidly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a syrupy thickness with prickly and active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could easily finish an entire bottle of this.

Overall this is a solid BSPA - nothing overly exciting but well done. Worth a shot.

Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at UJ's on the Manatawny. Nice to see a Brewers Art beer in the Philadelphia area as they don't come around that often. The beer poured a light golden color with a medium thickness white head that lasted for a bit. The aroma of the Ozzy was a nice malty / sweet smelling bouquet with a bit of hop bitterness to the nose. The taste is a nice malty, bready taste with some sweetness and a good touch of hop bitterness at the end. With a medium body, I found this beer to be rather drinkable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear yellow-gold body displays streams of very tiny bubbles rising steadily beneath a bright-white head of creamy foam. The retention is decent, and although it eventually drops to a thin but creamy collar, it does leave some very nice lace about the glass. The nose offers a distinct apple/pear fruit note amidst sweetish malt, slightly citrusy & floral hops, and a gentle spiciness (coriander?). The body is medium-light; and it's crisp in the mouth with a very fine carbonation that tickles the tongue. In the flavor, all of the elements found in the nose are carried over. It starts crisp and fruity (some light cherry?) on the front of the tongue with a low-key, fruit-like tartness; develops some malty sweetness and delicate spicy character as it crosses the palate; and finishes with a firm bitterness, a drying wash of alcohol, some low-key hop flavor, and a touch of residual fruity malt. Very well-balanced with a restrained spiciness! Flavorful, smooth yet crisp, and deceptively drinkable! Impressive!

Photo of MiScusi
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my friend USCTrojanBrian for sending me a bottle of this. This will be my first taste of Brewer's Art, which my friend Brian raves about.

750mL corked & capped bottle. This was the hardest i've ever had at getting a cork out. When it finally did a huge pop accompanied it.

A really nice light golden with a three finger white foamy, fluffy, rocky head. Tons of bubbles stream up from the bottom of my tulip.

S- pilsner malt is pretty apparent here with some pretty big amount of fruity esters and some belgian yeast earthiness.

T- The usual yeast qualities here with some fruit. But it's also quite peppery as well. That earthiness from the belgian yeast comes through very strong. It's actually quite a bit more earthy and peppery than Duvel, and has a little less fruitiness. The key here is really letting it warm up. I poured it way too cold and the first impressions were somewhat harsh. As it warms up a bit everything blends very nicely.

M- carbonation is pretty high. The body is about right though, light yet has somewhat of a slickness, probably from the alcohol content. I wont mark off too much for the carbonation because that is something that is easy to modify via vigorous pouring, re-pouring, or swirling.

D- nice overall. This is one of my favorite beer styles and they did a good job with it.

Photo of Mises85
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I thought that it was going to be like duvel since the description said it was their answer to it. Didn't have much of a smell. served in a chimay like goblet glass. Touch of apple on the nose, some alcohol, and malt. half-one finger head. For me it didn't feel like a belgian strong ale. It tasted more of a saison with a boozy bite to it. That didn't mean the beer was bad but it was not described properly. Would I get it again? Probably not.

Photo of kissmybunniebutt
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A bright beer. Bright in the glass, bright on your tongue, bright on the palate, and bright in the finish. Its got a great round mouthfeel, with a sweet yet bitter flavor. well done.

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is fruity, sweet, some malts. Taste is the same, but milder, still fruits, some hops and malts, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable and good quality beer.

Photo of CaptFrothy
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden liquid bread, nice golden glow in the glass, smells like fresh bread with something spicey on top, good lacing with perfect carbonation. Improved as it warmed to room temp. Just a little sense of the alchohol, not objectionable tho. Will be buying this again most definatly.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dense plastic orange is filled with a vibrant rush of effervesce. Eggshell white head of one inch is frothy whipped in texture with a strong staying power. Lacing is generous leaving a milky spongy ring. Lasting coverage.

S: Musky lemons and grains, damp basement, stale orange and citrus with some wheat.

T: Flavor of musky orange, stale citrus wheat with some honey-fruity sweetness in the beginning. The yeastiness is king here, dry, tart, lemon peel with a fruitiness of green melon briefly appearing mid-palate. Pear juice, soft banana with a dryn yeasty touch are also notible to mention.

M: Good carbonation, frothy, creamy and tart sourness with good body substance. Crisp feel, lingering tartness of lemon peel for a fade.

O: Overall the yeasty character definitly defines this beer, an aspect so many american brewers are afraid to charter into. Not at all timid, musky, damp fruit with a dry tart lemon touch really pulls all the punches here. The belgian malt is biscuity, doughy, and crisp. Its a beer that slowly reveals itself to you overtime gaining appreciation and complexity with each savory sip. The yeastiness really feels like an authentic belgain style. and it comes in a can

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle purchased at State Line.

A: The cork is a bitch to open. Just like Le Canard (which I neglected to mention), the cork broke and required a corkscrew to open. A big pop yielded a nice 3 finger head that is lacing all around the glass. The ale is a bright golden color, marked with a bit of haze.

S: The aroma is peppery, dry with a coriander presence that accentuates a yeasty dryness. Hop bitterness is noteworthy, adding a bite that quickly follows the pepper.

T: The ale is more of a Belgian IPA than a Duvel clone, at least to this drinker. The hops are European, earthy with herbal grass flavors. The hops are met with coriander and candi sugar, a pepper sweet flavor. The yeast strain has used up most of the sugars, leaving that dry aftertaste that continues to show off the pepper and hops. The Styrian Goldings are a perfect hop for this ale.

M: Lively hops and strong Belgian flavors work. The combination is sweet and biting, floral and grassy. It's been a while since I've had Ozzy and I'd forgotten how good it is.

D: A great ale, I love the melding of big hops and Belgian flavors. This is the best offering that the Brewer's Art produces.

Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Fred for this one! Much appreciated GB.

Ozzy pours a pale pastel yellow, it has a slight haze but is generally clear with visible carbonation trails rising. A few fingers width of foam on the surface. Pretty decent lasting coverage, spindly lace sticks to the glass.

Peppery phenolic spice in the yeasty aroma leads off with some bitter orange peel and coriander. Lightly bitter and grassy in the dry aftertaste, mild grainy malt sweetness in the middle. Sort of thin bodied and spicy in general from the yeast strain. Definitely more drinkable than Duvel, etc.

Overall it's pretty good BSPA, it could use a little more body, but that's a minor knock.

Photo of philbe311
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A mountainous lush juicy tightly packed slightly off-white colored head with a slightly rocky top that is active and shows a bit of visible fizziness... A pure golden color with a faint orange hue... A small cyclone of rapid paced carbonation rises in the center of the glass...

S - Lemon zest... Orange zest... Muted Belgian yeast... Some subtle notes of wheat and spice... Tart apples... Freshly popped unbuttered unsalted popcorn...

T - Apple... Peaches.... Apricots... Some faint candied sugar notes... Touches of lemon and citrus zest... Wheat... A simple understated spice component...

M - Creamy lushiness to start as the foam touches the lips... Turns crisp, clean, and very freshing... Sturdy brisk carbonation... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Smooth and consistent sip after sip...

D - If didn't already know this one was from Baltimore, MD, I would have truly mistaken this for an authentic Belgian brewed pale ale... Worthy for all BAs to seek out, this one comes highly recommend... Next trip to MD, I'll be stocking up on a couple of these bottles... This one goes down easy gulp after gulp...

Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellow with a thin veneer of white head that leaves receding lace on the glass.
Aroma is cracked grain, pale malt and citrusy hops.
Flavor is a beautiful blend of pale malts, grains and citrus with a distinct tangy bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel starts light and citrusy that then moves to a grainy, wheat bread middle and finishes with a tangy, herbal and citrus finish.
Drinkability is very good. Smooth and lush on the palate with nice transitions between grain, pale malts and the citrusy hops.

Photo of fourstringer
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a matchy-matchy Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Best by 07/12/2014 stamped on the bottom.

A: Hazy, light-to-golden yellow with 1 finger of white head. Ok retention. Moderately heavy lacing.

S: Earthy fruit and light spice. Banana. Cardamom. Coriander. Lemon. Orange. Pale malt notes of grass, straw, bread. Vanilla. Very nice nose!

T: Fruit, earth and spice with a minimal sweetness rapidly carry into a nicely present hop bitterness that is more assertive than average for the style. Fairly dry finish. Touch of funkiness. Some bready malt breaks through. The complexity and intrigue of the scents are somewhat lost on the palate. Does improve as it warms. Slight alcohol.

M: Moderate carbonation with a certain creaminess. Moderate to light body. Smooth drinker for sure.

O: Solid brew in a can. Haven't had it on tap for a while - I should venture downtown and refresh my memory. Bonus points for locality. Just wish all the great smells made it onto my tongue.

Prost!

Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer that sounds like it was named after Ozzy Osborne? Metal beer! Sign me up! m/ but seriously heard alot of good things about it.

Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle. Cork gave way instantly with HUGE white rock hard foam head that will not go away. So you can look at that as either beautiful, or functionally frustrating. Don't even bother measuring it, it went into the glass and TOOK OVER no matter how much I tilted. Gorgeous eighteen carat like gold color and clear. Bubbles are super tiny in many places, it looks like bubblebath foam.

Bouquet is a somewhat malt macro like smell and faint bread on the end. But there is also a dominant barnyard smell also like manure. It's not unpleasant though, just this earthy manure like thing you could find on wine. Also spice of cardamom and white pepper is also prominent.

As for taste, carbonation with lemon front with some heat but not too much. This wonderful simple biscuit bread chew in the middle also, and tongue coating. This is a very big different beer on taste from when you first smell it, this is pleasantly unexpected and it's really good.

All these factors make for very high drinkability. Excellent beer glad I bought it. Will buy/have again.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought a couple bottles from Brewers over to share with the family. This was the first one one cracked open. Served chilled and poured into several snifters, this was consumed on 06/30/2010.

The pour was huge and needed to calm down for a few moments to be honest. Lots of fluffy white foam on a very carbonated golden yellow body. Even settling for ten minutes left behind a ton on lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was light, pears, apples, hints of light lemon an citrus pops in it. Nice. Warming brings hints of the yeast and nice touches of the bready touches of. Light, well balanced flavor. Hints of citrus and pears nicely balanced against light bready notes, hints of grain and a nice well balanced feel. Very, very drinkable and just a very well rounded light belgian ale.

Overall just solid as could be. Love the style and it was super drinkable. Nothing at all to complain about here.

Photo of cubedbee
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in the Brewer's Art. Pours a liight gold with a thin finger of head and pretty good retention. Nose is a grainy malt with a slight bit of pepper. Taste is a pretty rich malty bread, with just a slight bit of sugary sweetness and a citrussy hop finish which is strong for the style. Medium bodied this beer has a really dry finish. This is dangerously drinkable for its alcohol content and goes great with the garlic fries.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml into a Duvel glass.

A: pours straw colored, orange-gold. clear. half the glass fills with foam and retains, very slowly reducing to a nice rocky head.

S: orange and orange peel, along with continental hop in the aroma; hop is earthy and floral. aroma is very crisp - characters are vivid and easy to make out.

T: a base of malt and alcohol sweetness, combined with an orange/orange peel flavor, clove-like spice, and finishing with a snappy floral hop bitterness. Balance is toward the sweet flavors in beginning but finishes dry and hoppy. Probably more sweet than the classic in this style, but a nice drinker.

M: medium body, not bad but would expect slightly more dryness throughout. Excellent head although not as effervescent as might be expected.

D: dangerously drinkable, excellent flavor and aroma. while alcohol character is fairly muted, its effects are not felt until standing up.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can courtesy of mwrecording pours a hazed, light gold color with a large cap of dense white head. Awesome retention and lacing. A fine looking brew, a few floaties are the only detraction.

Nose is tropical fruit yeast, SmarTees candy and white bread. Smells like a pretty good BSPA.

Taste also shows alot of yeasty phenols - banana, papaya, pepper and cloves. The malt is light...maybe some biscuits and the hops have a nice little snap of bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel is a little less lively than, say a Duvel, but it is hearty enough with a nice creaminess. Easy to drink Belgian style brew...one of the better American made versions...and in a can!

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Brewer's Art Beazly Ale from The Brewer's Art
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