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

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130 Reviews
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Reviews: 130
Hads: 359
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.44%
Wants: 30
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 130 | Hads: 359
Photo of DefenCorps
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle split with my roommate 'cos it's his birthday and I'm a sweetheart. The cork flies off this one with a huge bang and the deliciousness inside is poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Clear 22-carat gold with a massive, billowing white head. Incredible carbonation, great retention. Can't ask for much more

S: Unlike Le Canard, this one's spicy with pepper and maybe some sage? Mild floral character. A hint of sweetness is present in the back but this one _smells_ dry.

T: Starts off a mix of floral and spicy with jasmine and rose and white pepper dominating the palate. Dries up on the finish leaving a great, long lasting spicy finish

M: Excellent carbonation, lovely finish

D: At 7.2%ABV, I can see myself drinking a lot of this (743 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very soft pour easily produces three fingers of pale, tan tinged, off white colored froth in my 25cl tulip glass. The head forms characteristically textured, rockied structures as it slowly subsides all the while leaving a substantial layer of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a rich gold color that shows an almost clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. Ah, the aroma is quite divine (after smelling a vegetal hop note when I was pouring); the aroma focuses on a light pear fruitiness, a hint of green apple, plenty of earthy, peppery spice notes as well as some earthy esters and phenols. Interesting aromatic notes reminiscent of Meyer lemon zest, coriander, grassy pale grain, light saltine cracker grain notes, spicy wild flower nectar, and some dusty grains of paradise aromas all dance in and out of focus as I find my self enjoying the aroma for an extended period of time. Damn the aroma just hits the spot, this is exactly what I was hoping this beer would smell like.

Lightly sweet up front, which is backed up by a carbonic fizz that is quite lively. The beer has a nice mix of fruity esters and spicy phenols as it moves across the tongue; notes of pear, bright honeydew melon, aromatic apple and sweet lemon zest as well as notes of clove, some woody black pepper and light notes of spicy ginger. This has a bit more sweetness and a touch more fullness to it than the Prototype of the style. As it warms up the beer picks up a bit of heat in the finish with some cleaner higher alcohol notes becoming a bit more noticeable.

A second pour of this, warmer than the first, starts to accentuate the earthy spice notes that were so noticed in the aroma. This gets an herbal, slightly vegetal note toward the finish at times and there is also a light hop bitterness here that at times is not noticed because of the sweeter fruit flavors.

Damn, what is up with Brewers Art, all three beers I have had from these guys have been outstanding. Why am I not hearing more buzz about these guys? They certainly deserve it. This is a fantastic take on a Duvel inspired beer; fruity and spicier than Duvel, the added character definitely works wonderfully, especially considering that this is a bit sweeter than Duvel, that added flavors definitely help to tame the sweetness quite well. (2,316 characters)

Photo of Kraken
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold. Doughy, yeasty, spicy, funky nose. Flavor brings much of the same with a fairly thick dough thing. Very earthy. Lots of dough. Smooth feel. Thick carbonation. Pretty nice. A bit too on the earthy side for me personally, but still a good overall production.

Had this on the can and it's much better; just as I was told it would be at The Foodery. Not so earthy this time, but still very thick on the profile. I'd get this in cans if it was readily available. (478 characters)

Photo of sinistrsam
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clean and clear golden color with a small white head and lots of carbonation.
The aroma was somewhat unimpresssive with mild malt and grassy notes and almost no hops to speak of.
The taste was almost a pilsner/lager skunkiness up front, but changed into a sweet mild fruit aftertaste.
The mothfeel was a little harsh for me, with the bitter taste up front and a lot of carbonation throughout, although as I mentioned before, the sweetish aftertaste was pleasant.
Overall, I wasn't too impressed and the high ABV might make this a one-a-night kind of beer. This was my least favorite of the Brewer's Art beers; that having been said, I still think I'd drink it agian. (681 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know the Resurrection is the more popular beer in Baltimore, but this has always been my favorite of the regular line-up at Brewer's Art. Had this beer on tap the other night at the brewpub.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The beer is very spicy on the nose, with aroma's of honey, black pepper, butter, cherry and a touch of bitterness. The flavors replicate the nose on the palate, making this beer as complex as it is delicious. The beer has moderate sweetness, but the spice and bitterness cut right through it and keep the beer from becoming the least bit cloying. This beer is quite smooth and easy to drink, with the abv. very well disguised.

Just an excellent beer from the folks at Brewer's Art. (747 characters)

Photo of cichief
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy gold with a thick white head of foam.

S- Very earthy, spicy, yeasty, with an underlying sweetness.

T- Sweet, but overly done, citrusy and earthy. Reminds me of orange peel and spice.

M- Smooth, well carbonated, with a medium thickness on the palate.

D- Very drinkable for such an alcoholic beer, very refreshing. (416 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid 4.0 it just works that way. Simply 'Good' =)

Appearance: Served a clear gold with a rapidly fading white head but the body showcases lot of tiny fizzy carbonation bubbles.

Smell: The aroma is of pale bread malts like a Pilsener with sugar and Belgian yeast, a hint of floral hops.

Taste: Dry grain and malt flavors with a bit of spice, citrus and smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with a dry finish.

Drinkability: A strong Belgian Ale is not a session beer but this one drinks very easily. I recommend giving it a shot.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (586 characters)

Photo of NoLiberty
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time at the brewery in Baltimore. It pours a pale, straw color, which wasn't expected for this style, but still appealing. Nice retaining head and low subtle lacing.
The aroma is of fruit, undertones of fresh hops and Belgian funky yeast. Wheat aromas and slight sugar, but not expected for the style.
Good taste, front of honey, wheat, good dry hops, funk, pears. More like a pale ale than strong Belgian ale. After talking with the brewer and owner it makes a bit more sense why the overall appearance, smell and taste say nothing of the actual style. They claim yeast variations and alterations in hop use change the outcome in each batch. That's fine, but it's pretty far from a typical Belgian strong.
Nice full mouthfeel, good carb, flows throughout the mouth.
Drinkability is good, would definitely have another. (848 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearnance: Arrrives at the bar with a hazy golden color and and decent head that deposits copious amounts of lacing on the glass

Smell: Biscuity, with interesting aromatics of grainy wood, stone fruit and a touch of sweet Belgian candi sugar

Taste: Grainy sweetness on the opening, followed by an earthy, yeasty aspect with herbacious hints that lead up to a dry finish, that has some spicy hop to it

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Nicely balanced Belgian Pale; love the finish; in the top echelon of US brewed Belgian style beers (581 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear gold with a rose tint in color. Hardly any head and no lacing.

S - Strong gumball and basil. Interesting, unexpected, but not unpleasant.

T - Fresh yellow cherry tomatoes (a very sweet mild tomato) is the first flavor that comes to mind. There is a lot of basil and a touch of a mild mint (like fresh mint leaves). Definitely unexpected, definitely interested, and, surprisingly, not bad at all.

M - Medium viscosity and not refreshing.

D - Considering that this tastes more like a mild picante salsa than a beer, this is pretty good. It is definitely unique. I would imagine there are a lot of foods with which this would go well (tortilla chips stands out in my mind). Sessioning would be difficult, but not unimaginable. This is one worth seeking out. (776 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sckressler for having this in his home kegerator...
Appears a light gold with a small amount of CO2 rising to the top of the super fluffy white head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of Pils malt, delicate citrus hops, and sugar.
Taste is of of the aromas with a bitter-sweet flavor that touches upon gentle notes of citrus and candy.
Mouthfeel is smooth, bitter, sugary, and dry.
This one is definitely Duvel-ish...not as complex and certainly more mild. (489 characters)

Photo of hunteraw
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handed a golden pour in a Brewer's Art chalice. Appealing white head, not "stiff peaks" like some in the style but nice. Some lacing, and decent head retention. Not a steady stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass, though, like Duvel.

Smell: Some candi sweetness and a Belgian yeast fruitiness..

Taste: Here we go... Sweet at the front, then you get some of the Styrian hops. Finishes on a fruity note, but the aftertaste is all dry hops, which pleases me.

Mouthfeel: Seemed to me like it could have benefited from a little more carbonation. Moderate body from the sweetness. Drinkability is good, but it seems a little "rich" to be a true sessioner. (676 characters)

Photo of nickg902
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer before Orioles-Red Sox game at a local Baltimore bar. Appearance is of most other belgian strong pales, golden with a little haziness and a small white, foamy head. Aroma is nice and malty, with a hint of fruit and some peppery spices. The taste is of citrus fruit with a nice bitter hop aftertaste lingering. Not too powerful or complex. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Drinkability is high, nothing too special about this beer but a good local brew for sure (481 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ozzy is spreading (pumps right hand in the air, flashing the "devil's horns") Slowly being available now in other parts. It's been on tap at Austin Grill in Baltimore for the better part of the year. By far, this is their best on tap, though some Shiner Bock fans out there might get perturbed.

Pale gold in color with a wisp of white head. The nose of grainy malts and peppary spiciness come through rather good in the flavor as well. Sweet, citrusy, and dry finishing, this is just an all around good pounder. Finished one or four while watching the Yankees recently lose in the postseason. The best of both worlds. (620 characters)

Photo of joedon
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a small firm head and deep gold color. The head didn't persist very long.
Nice aroma with subtle fruit and spice.
Light, balanced flavor but not much hoppiness; very fruity, Dutch flavor ale
Easy on the tongue, good texture. Nice, yeasty, malty aftertaste
Substantial, goes down good, tasty finish. A beerdrinker's beer. (336 characters)

Photo of cubedbee
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of marburg
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I suspect English ale and American hop bomb lovers would appreciate this a bit more than a Belgiophile. It's quite good, but they really shoot themselves in the foot comparing this to Duvel (even if it's just a tenuous, "inspired by" sort of comparison). This is clearly a good take on the style, but it's nowhere in the same league as any of its Belgian big brothers or even similar offerings from some top North American brewers.

A very clear pale yellow with a decent head, this gives off the expected sweet lemon and spice/pepper aromas with some hints of cracked, dried coriander and light malt. Similar flavors with a bit of a rind-like bitter twist on the end, which threw me for a bit of a loop. Not nearly enough body; this really did taste and feel just a bit watered down. Perhaps it's a bit too filtered? I didn't notice any haze at all. (852 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of cracker
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better beers at Brewers Art. Unlike many Belgians, I find this one if very well balanced and definitely has some noticeable hop character. Of course the malts take precedence but do not to over the top. It is extremely drinkable and care must be taken since it is a bit stronger than the usual beer. (318 characters)

Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite from the menu at The Brewers Art.
Listed as a Strong Pale Ale, it is truly that, though Dubel might be closer. I found the color to be a clear light gold, with medium head and fair amout of lacing. Compared to their Pale Ale, it is far superior.
The light malt flavor blended well with the moderate hopping and a spicy fragrance and finish as well.

I also had it on cask a while back, with some rosemary added, which was a special treat.

Unbelievable to be able to get a belgian of this quality at a $2 happy hour price. (542 characters)

Photo of Hefe
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Tasted on 3/24/04 at R.F.D. (Beer's of the Mid-Atlantic Tasting with Micael Jackson)

Appearance: Yellow/gold in colour with zippy carbonation, and a bright white head that slipped into a sticky thick lacing.

Smell: Fruity esters abound, banana, grape, citrus, as well as spicy coriander caramom tones.

Taste: Very clean flavors. Malt, citrus, spice, yeast.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth, though almost a touch thin.

Drinkability: Very. (448 characters)

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a sample cup at RFD's Michael Jackson Beer Tasting.

Appearance: Clear straw yellow with active carbonation and a thick white head. A dense film of bubbles remained throughout consumption and left a thick sheet of lace on the plastic. I couldn't see through it, it was so thick.

Smell: Lemony and peppery aromas with some faint grass, clove, and banana notes. Mild whiffs of citrusy coriander.

Taste: No bat, dang. Light tastes of lemon and clove followed by a wheaty malt sweetness. Rather yeasty. More reminiscent of a wit than a strong pale, but good.

Mouthfeel: Very light in body and quite crisp and refreshing. So smooth that I don't believe this is 7.25% ABV... Gawdamn. Just a titch on the watery side, though.

Drinkability: Uber drinkable. I could see myself downing many a glass of this in one sitting.

Other: no spices are used in the making of this at all. It's all from the yeast. (928 characters)

Photo of pezoids
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the tap at the Grey Lodge, this beer poured a clean and clear gold color. A thinning white head topped off this brew. Low carbonation. From this beer emits a strange egg like aroma, or it can maybe be described as a Sanford felt tip marker. The taste is light fruity and has a spicy, almost peppery hop bite. Lemon cough drop notes come out. Medium malt bodied beer and finishes sharp and clean with a light and peppery dryness and a dry spicy hop sting. This is an enjoyable beer that has a distinctiveness about it. (522 characters)

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