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Brewer's Art Beazly Golden Ale | The Brewer's Art

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The Brewer's Art
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Formerly Ozzy Ale

Added by Todd on 06-17-2003

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Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 386
Photo of Hopscat
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into stemless wine glass. Golden color , very clear and 2 finger white head subsides to a nice ring of white with persistent lace. Alcohol legs apparent.
Spicy yeast aroma is mouthwatering, with candi -sugar and alcohol .
Taste follows smell with big sweetness upfront / candi sugar and spice present. Very malt forward. Some dryness does come in middle with noticeable alchohol burn to end .
M- medium body with nice carbonation bite.
Overall this is an interesting beer but it's a little too sweet for me. I agree with another BA that the ABV seems higher than the label indicates

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass. Hazy golden body covered by a layer of white foam that dissipates quickly to a ring, with a little lacing on the glass. Not as much retention as I'd expect from a Belgian devil style beer.

Aroma of sweet light malt, coriander spice, grassy hops.

Husky Belgian yeast flavor with a little metal, quite a bit of coriander, some tropical/pear fruit and toffee, good amount of grassy hops. Good balance between sweetness and hop bitterness.

Body is medium and carbonation is fizzy, for a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Has a little alcohol burn on the tongue.

A flavorful, complex devil beer that is a delight to drink. Seems the ABV is a bit higher than advertised. The alcohol, strong spice, and good amount of hops makes this a strong ale that takes the palate for a serious, tasty ride.

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Photo of DIM
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

a: Chill hazed golden straw color; poured with a short lived fizzy head.

s: Soft candi-sugar, banana and other fruit phenols, and hint of grassy hops.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part only more so, if that makes sense. Softly sweet candi-sugar, plenty of fruity phenols, leafy hops and clove at the finish.

m: Silky smooth and gently carbonated.

o: Deliciously simple and a bargain to boot. A case purchase is imminent for sure. I wonder if a little something was lost without the bottle conditioning? I need to buy a bottle some time to find out.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A CANQuest (TM) salute to co-owner Volker Stewart of The Brewer's Art for bowing to my insane suggestion to put this beer in a CAN! I don't care what it tastes like at this point - it's going in the cooler to the beach and I'm taking my boom box and blasting some Black Sabbath. That's how The CANQuest (TM) rolls at this point in time.

The Crack once more revealed a brimful CANtainer and I CANnot hold back my joy at this seeming trend among craft CANners! An inverted Glug later and we were on a roll. I had a solid finger of rocky bone-white head that boiled and bubbled like any good witch's brew and slowly fell, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and suddenly King Midas and Croesus were wrestling with me, not over the beer, but over our new favorite Nebraska native, Val MidWest! Nose was spicy, but not from adjuncts, but undoubtedly from the yeast, which also imparted a pleasant mustiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was a CANglomeration between JuicyFruit and Big Red gum. It was mixed fruity, but also hot and spicy! Jeez-O, man, I may need a lay-down after this one. The lacing that had begun to appear was going to require a jackhammer to remove and I just returned my rental the other day. My mind is starting to smooth out and this is not helping! In fact, it may be paving the way. Finish was dry, thanks to the yeast having done its job in a big way. I'm done.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a can at The Bottle Shop on Passyunk - had not seen Brewer's Art in cans before.

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is golden, straw, nicely transparent; head is off white presenting thickly but dissipating to a ring and light lace.

Smell is phenolic upfront, light pepper and some malt notes, pilsent and biscuit.

Taste is right on the BSPA track, light sweetness, good off yeast flavors, could use a hint of more maltiness or something but very tasty.

Mouthfeel is upfront on the tongue, good pepperiness and drying qualities with a hint of lingering sweet malt flavors.

Overall I really like this coming from the can, great flavors and BSPA qualities, just missing a bit more malt flavoring in taste.

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear golden color in the glass. Not a speck of sediment in the bottle. A fair amount of frothy head at first pour, though less after that. Nice swirls of lacing. Fruity aroma.

Sweet on the lips followed by a tart taste. A dry peach and fruit cocktail taste. As the flavors linger it's more of a pear taste, with the skins and a bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. Honeydew melon and bitter greens. Quite an interesting and complex beer.

The dry yeasty finish is quite pleasant, and not overly dry. Even some honey taste. It seems like a nice balance of yeast flavors-- the bitterness, fruit, and dry sensation. From the 750 ml corked bottle bought at Whole Foods in Washington, DC.

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Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a very nice clear golden color. The head was fluffy and white with a thin retention and decent lacing. The smell of the beer is floral, fruity and very bready. The taste of the beer was a little metallic up front, the more you have the less of that you get. The beer has a nice bready sweetness with a banana-like fruit flavor. The hops give this a nice balanced bitterness. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a good body and carbonation. Overall this beer was really quite good. I wasn't sure what to expect but it turned out to be really good.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a Gandhi-Bot tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale amber body under an inch of fine white foam. Decent retention and good lace. Attractive.

S: Floral and fruity esters dominate, with some moderate earthy hops and a hint of citrus. Light spice and substantial maltiness as it warms. Good, not quite great.

T: Malt and fruit both take over here, with major apple and bread notes. Spice, minerality, and light booze on the finish. Moderately medicinal. A little harsh.

M: Frothy, lively, and fairly light-bodied. Overly insubstantial, but fitting for the style.

O: Enjoyable, thoroughly drinkable, but unremarkable. I love seeing exciting craft beer in cans, but this pales in comparison to 668.


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Photo of justintcoons
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip.

Pale gold with 2 fingers of fluffy, white head. Good retention, excellent clarity and low carbonation.

Pear, apple, bread and honeydew.

Pear and golden delicious apple through and through. Doughy bread and caramelized grains. Has a light Belgian yeast character along with touches of hay, honeydew melon and lemongrass.

Light bodied and incredibly smooth.

Insanely smooth and easy drinking. Overall a fantastic BSPA!

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Photo of poolpog
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful golden color. Inch of foam. I'm not a beer connoisseur/fanatic but i do like beer.

Anyway, pours a pale gold gold golden color, really nice looking. Rather foamy, idk if that is good or bad, but it is a thing at least.

I'm terrible with description of smells, but to me this beer smells very nice. You know how some beers, even freshly poured, smell like last week's frat party's floor? This one is NOT like that. Fresh and grassy, just a nice pleasant smell.

Taste is slightly sharp, mildly hoppy, very smooth, and goes down very easy. sweet notes, but not unpleasantly sweet. even burping it up tastes good the second time.

Mouthfeel? i didn't even know this was a thing, for describing beer. I'll abstain on that one. Feels like beer.

overall, I am buying shitloads of this one. my new favorite. Also, it is now available in cans!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Very nice bright gold colored body with a thick, frothy white head. The head lingers around and leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Peppery Belgian yeast, aromatic tree fruits (pear, apricot), slight bready aroma, citrus, along with an herbal note.

T- The aromatic fruit notes compliment the flavors, but do not shine as much as in the nose. Citrus flavors up front give way to grainy, bready flavors, with the fruity flavors showing up in the finish.

M- Medium-high carbonation, medium bodied, very drinkable especially as it warms a little.

O- A very enjoyable, above average Belgian style offering.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Glad to see this on tap, as a full bottle would be a little much for me. Golden colored pour, pristine clarity, topped with a small, rocky, white head; low retention and just a bit of lacing at first. Quite Belgian in the nose, bready yeast, light spice, herbal hop notes. Taste of toasted cereal grains, Belgian yeast with fruit ester undertones, grassy, peppery spice. Light body, pretty easily drinkable, but nothing amazing. Not really sure what this beer has to do with Ozzy, unless it's a "prince of darkness" reference or something.

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

Bottle shared with MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity Mike!
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates slowly. Smells of sweet and candy sugar with a hint of citrus and a bit of light caramel, pepper and spice. The flavor is malty sweet with sweet sugars up front that are sandwiched between tangerine and orange peel. Light pepper and spice with a hint of yeasty funk before a sweet lingering finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice Belgian ale, a bit sweet and fruity but so easy to drink.

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Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy golden color with a huge four finger white head.

S- Light fruits, pear, floral notes, musty yeast, pepper.

T- Light fruits, some apricot and pear, pepper, floral, touch of musty yeast, some earthy bitterness in the finish.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A nice easy drinking beer. Worth seeking out. I will definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish gold with good head that stuck around forever. Had a decent aroma of yeastiness, touch of orange and citric and bitter hops, tad bit of fruit and some sweet sugary malts. Easy to drink, has a mix of sweet and tart fruit as well as some spiceiness for a little kick. A bit on the plush, juicy side with a filling mouth, can't really pinpoint the fruits other than something like apple/pear and a touch of tropical as well. Some sweet malt as well but ultimately finishes dry with a crisp kick and is an excellent beer to relax with on a terribly hot summer day.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 750ml corked and caged Belgian bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin, 1-finger, white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace and not leaving much of a trail.

S: Fruity Belgian phenol and ester aromas fill the nose. Hints of dark fruits in the background.

T: Similar to the aroma this flavor consists of a fruity Belgian taste with hints of dark fruits and phenols.

M: Pretty strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Another great Belgian beer by Brewer’s art. I liked this more on tap than the bottle.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass cork and cage bottle thanks to Carl (sleepnbballrlife) for this hook up. Date on back looks like 4/23/13.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow straw color with lush white giant head. Continuous stream of tiny champagne-like bubbles. Nose is wheaty with the Belgian "yeasty" nose, little white pepper, floral, etc.

Palate is crisp and zippy with carbonation. White pepper and flowers followed by sweet citrus pulp and a little sweet grass. Moderately long finish.

Notes: flavors are spot on, but the mouthfeel gets a little cloying after a few sips. Decent, but not Duvel.

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Photo of zrab11
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice dark yellow color with a huge 3 1/2 finger head that i had to wait about 2-3 min to settle.

S-Has a nice earthy smell with some citrus notes as well as some fruit and spices. Also has a champagne like smell with some hints of yeast.

T- Has a nice bitter hops flavor up front with a nice tart sweetness in the middle and then finish's with a dry champagne feel

M- Medium body with good carbonation

D-overall this was a good BSPA but it wasn't as good as i hoped. I had really high hopes for this one but it just wasn't balanced enough for me. the spices and hops and champagne flavors just didn't mesh as well as i hoped. it was still an easy drinker but not the mind blowing flavors and complexity that i had hoped.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at brewers art

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow. A good amount of white frothy head. Very pretty. Smells yeasty and lightly flowery. Hops are barely detectable on the nose. Tastes sweet and little citrusy. Floral flavors coupled with some nice hoppiness. The sweetness masks the bitterness of the hops well. Good carbonation. Solid mouthfeel. Overall very enjoyable

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle in Baltimore, MD at the brew pub. 750mL bottle, corked and caged at Sly Fox in Royersford, PA. Interesting how that works...

Poured into my Brewers Art chalice, this is a fine looking beer! Brilliant clarity that really show of the lazy beads of carbonation slowly rising out of the depths of this "devil" beer. The head needs no coaxing to rise and rise. It forms a beautiful white cap that rounds out over the chalice and creates a picture perfect beer. The head does diminish a little bit after a minute, but leaves scars of lacing all over the glass.

The aroma is subtle but intoxicating. Softly floral, with obvious whiffs of yeast and sweet fruits. Notes of apricot, honeydew, and lavender are all present.

Doughy and sweet with enough bitterness to round out the flavor. Alcohol is present here, but shows no heat thankfully. There are notes of peppercorn, and a pleasant dry finish. Pretty much can say that this is the best American example of the style I have come across to date.

Mouthfeel is dead-on. Expansive carbonation and a medium to light body. It give the impression that this is a lighter bodied beer and really subtracts from the 7.5% abv. Makes this beer more drinkable.

Again I say, this has got to be one of the better American versions of a Belgian Strong Golden Ale available. Enough complexity that I would want to buy again and I think that this has great potential for interesting food pairings. I have had the entire bottle in one sitting and I think I now know why these beers are considered "devilish"...

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Photo of mltobin
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review 400 ! 750 mL bottle brought back from Maryland by Jimbo.

Appearance is a light gold color with a bright white head. The first pour with the pressure from the cork, left two fingers of it. Ozzy has a nose with spices, belgian yeast, malts and citrus. It is very pleasant and balanced. The taste has more malts, caramel, some hops, lemon and grass. MF is medium and nice carbonation level from this bottle. From the U.S. produced BSPAs that I have had the opportunity to try. this was one of the best.

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Photo of betsona
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to smokeypeat for a 750mL caged cork bottle with a date code of 11/19/12. Poured into a tulip glass. It was a nice introduction to a brewery I had never had before.

A- As soon as I opened the bottle and turned to grab a glass the cork exploded off the bottle with enough noise that my ear actually hurt for a moment. With enough carbonation to explode the cork, it was no surprise that a gentle pour produced over five fingers worth of head that I had to wait to dissipate (over three minutes). Carbonation aside, this is a nice looking transparent golden ale with about an hour worth of white head retention at about a half finger. Dirty haphazard sticky lacing all over the glass. I am probably hitting it a little hard for the exploding cork and head issues. Overall, you have to decide if you appreciate the beauty or get frustrated having to wait to pour. I took the latter approach.

S- I hate to say it, but it smells similar to most Belgian golden ales. It has the earthiness of a slight manure and hay mixture. I also got some citrus zest...mainly lemon with some orange. The malt backbone is slightly generic as well. Some wheat overtones from store bought bread. Still, a nice smelling beer, just not anything unique.

T- Starts of with a sweetness of wheat and slight undertones of lemon. I then got quite a bit of perfectly ripe pear with spicy overtones consistent with most saisons. Notes of weak peppercorn add to the spiciness of cardamon. All give way to a mild ending in comparison to the starting flavors.

M- This one is extremely carbonated but it works with the flavor profile. It doesn't have much of a lingering taste, but what is there is slightly sweet and sits somewhat heavy on the tongue. It is a lighter body so I was sort of surprised how heavy it sat on my tongue.

O- This one was a great introduction to Brewer's Art. If it was available to me, I would snatch it up for dinner parties as a wine alternative. It was easy to drink, and the abv makes its accessible in somewhat larger quantities. This is one of the first Belgian golden ales I have really enjoyed. Nicely done!

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great US take on a Belgium Golden Ale, rich and tasty.

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked bottle. Light colored label with a prominent name of the brew in heavy metal Ozzy typography, faded background has the image of a estate of the fallen angel? Back label along the perfunctory legal notes adds briefly that "a portion of the proceeds will benefit bat preservation programs… Nice ironic touch for those picking up up the reference :) Notes best by date (11/18/12) Shows O.G. Plato (16.8), and Alc. by Vol. (7.3%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy pale gold pour, rich and towering frothy head, nice retention, good surface memory, and fair touches of lacing.

S - Lightly fruity, a sweet touch with a Belgian yeasty touch.

T - Sweet malty sense with a nice sense around the yeast, fruity with a faint hint of spices, caramel touch as it folds again with a floral touch.

M - Light/medium body with generous carbonation early on, smooth as it settles with a a nice dry touch in the finish.

O - Great flow, very pleasing. Tasty, leaning on its sweet side, but not dull, or with an acidic finish at any point. Very recommendable.

Notes: I was looking forward to try this one for a while but since it is not particularly a style I´m after I was setting it aside, and setting it aside… That was quite a mistake, this is very quaffable, rich and pleasing, and makes for a great quality social brew. Regional touch to it, and if for people getting the nod to Black Sabbath-Osborne it even adds an extra nice touch to it.

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