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Aurora Borealis II | Bridge Road Brewers

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Brewed by:
Bridge Road Brewers

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Gasc0igne on 02-28-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Kroehny_Loves_Hops:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Mane liquor chalice.

A - Pours a hazy copper colour with a nice tight white head that retains very well.

S - The aromas are plentiful with spice, orange peel and Belgian yeast. Authentic !

T - Up front some decent fruity notes, the mid palate spice is a bomb and the finish is a little boozy and sticky with the grains and malt. The result is a pretty Authentic tripel.

M - Medium body and medium to full carbonation.

O - I only wish I had bough two of these as i'm sure it will balance out with age. I'm generally not a fan of Aussie made Belgian styles but this is a very good attempt and true to the style. The finish is the let down but all the other aspects are well crafted. Recommended.

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Photo of Gasc0igne
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tried on-tap at the Royal Albert Hotel as part of their Bridge Road takeover. I tried this and a hand-pull of the Borealis I at the same time. They're significantly different beers, but it was good to remind myself that the Borealis I was such a phenomenal beer, because this is very different, and certainly less impressive.

Pours a pale amber colour, almost golden in the right light, and rather light in the body. Head forms as a sudsy but frothy mass of off-white that leaves good, messy lace. It looks a little like a handpump, even though it's not. Body is light, as I said, but it has a smoothness to it. It's not bad looking, certainly.

Nose is fairly simple: much more simple than I was expecting. Slightly sweet and with a thinness that comes from the lighter body. Booze definitely comes through, with a little of the brandy character and some cherry overtones. With the booziness, this gives it a kirsch character. Not a huge amount happening, mostly because the cognac takes over, but it's not bad.

Palate is light and clean on entry, but quickly devolves into a fairly big boozy mess. More of that cherry-and-kirsch sharpness, more solvent alcohol and a whack of pepper. There's actually not a lot of complexity to the beer, meaning it survives almost entirely on the booze, which end up tasting a little harsh. The palate sticks around for a long time, which would be good if there were things to explore, but instead, it feels as though the booze just keeps harshing my buzz. There's a spiciness to the feel which I can appreciate, but the beer needs something more substantial.

Overall, I hate to write this off as a beer that's boozy without purpose, but that's how it feels. There's not the depth of flavour, or the complexity, or the richness, or... anything to support it being as big and boozy as it is. In the end it feels like I'm drinking something huge without really knowing why. It's nowhere near as good as #1, which was without a doubt one of the best beer I drank in 2013. As a result of expectations, I'm tragically disappointed by this one.

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Photo of ADZA
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A Tripel aged in cognac barrels and pours a honey golden non see through hue with a wispy one finger head,the smell is French cognac with some underlying sweet honey malts and booze,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated with tastes firstly of French cognac then underneath I get the Tripel but to be honest the Tripel ain't that great it's basically just an average Tripel aged in cognac and overall it's not something I'd seek out again cheers.

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Photo of dgilks
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mostly clear golden colour with a big, dense, creamy, off-white head. Good head retention.

Richly malty. Quite fruity with light touches of the cognac. Maybe a little dusty. Hard fruits.

Yum. Rich pale Belgian malts. Tons of fruit with touches of apple, pear, grape. Light oak. Good, good stuff.

Medium body with moderate to moderately-high carbonation. Crisp and smooth at the same time.

A really good beer. I think the balance is there that really works as is a rich and rounded mouthfeel. Really good.

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Aurora Borealis II from Bridge Road Brewers
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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