Casta Milenia | Especialidades Cerveceras S.A. de C.V.

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Especialidades Cerveceras S.A. de C.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rare find many years ago on a dusty forgotten shelf. New Beer Distributors RIP (1968-2018)

It was a darker amber color, with fruity Belgian yeast esters, and a doughy malt body.
Slightly oxidized, but not worse for wear. It was a unique beer, and one of the more unusual from Mexico at the time.

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Photo of EPseja
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one sitting in its display box in my beer/liquor display case for at least a year and a half. Almost forgot it was in there!

Served from a beautiful corked 750ml. bottle with custom Mexican artwork by Julio Galan in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

A - Pours a clear, dark brown color with rust and cherry highlights. As some sediment finds its way into the glass, the color intensifies in the brown department. Head begins quite vibrantly, reachin a full inch plus in height, before diminshing to a thin veil over the next few minutes. Lacing is very spotty and unimpressive.

S - Crisp, clear and bright nose... quite interesting considering this beer has been sitting for years. The main focus of this beer's scent is on the malt -- medium in body, and leaning towards a light molasses. There is also a slightly tart organic note that sits atop the malts, presumably from the yeast sediment that found its way into the glass.

T - Fresh, dark fruitiness is big in the start, with a prune-plum sweet-tart dichotomy and crisp cranberry-like notes in the background. The maltiness rounds out to become sweeter in the middle of the tongue, and persists through the swallow. The finish brings a sherry-winelike drying sensation along with a signature Belgian yeastiness. There is definite sour-apple cloying at the back of the throat, but there is also a nice belly-warmth afterglow.

M - A bit over-tingly on the tongue and over-swelling in the mouth, but pleasant and homogenous in general. The swallow is big and frothy.

D - Mexico has never been well-known for its craft brew industry, but Casta (Especialidades Cerveceras S.A. de C.V.) is not to be overlooked. While this offering is definitely not Casta's best, it is still a decent version of the style. I believe it would best be showcased as a compliment to a hearty meal.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe 5+ years later is a bit much to review and enjoy, but this was a lucky beer in a trade. Poured a ruddy golden hue topped with a thin ivory collar. Aroma was intense and bright with a ton of Belgian doughy scent. Clean spicy Belgian ale that reminded me of a Lucifer but a bit more subdued. Thanks to BA GD for th bottle. Glad to have tried it. Wish I had it five years ago.

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Photo of tesguino
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A belgian abbey style beer, simple and great, i dont like much this style of beer, but casta milenia is so much; with is double fermentationits smel like a notes of melon and mature banana,caramel by its malts, a little oxidized, like the leather; taste total, balanced, harmonious, like a yeast, full bodied.
serve exclusively in a belgian style goblet; try with german cuisine and cheese´s, 99% recommended.

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Photo of nekronos
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Retired?, you gotta be kidding, it cannot be retired. It is the best beer I have tried in Mexico. ITs colour is like caoba but orange at the same time, I guess it i retired due to the bad taste most of my countrymates have. This brewery rocks as well as this beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a little suspicious about paying $2.99 for a 750ml Mexican Belgian Ale, but I decided to give it a try. Poured a deep amber color with much particulate matter and tannish head. Smell is fruity with a mild spiciness. Smell is strongly sweet with a nice rich maltiness. Finishes with a mixture of dryness and fruity sweetness. A good beer, but not great.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged, Limited Edition. Weird, took Herculean strength to get the cork out, and when it finally lets go, I get a puny little "pop" for my efforts. Hmph.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, slowly formed a quick little head, and then disappeared down to a couple bubbles around the edges, over the dark amber brew. Head lasts very well, and lacing is heavy and foamy. Aroma is fruity malt sweetness. Taste keeps along with the fruit and maltiness, but with a bit of spicy creaminess that you sometimes find in Belgians. Mouthfeel and drinkability are average here, at best, due to lack of carbonation. Had higher hopes here, but maybe I had cork issues like others mentioned.

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Photo of Pepeton
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one from my local microbrewery.
As always, had a little problem with the cork, which is too small for the bottle. The head broke so I used a corkscrew to remove the rest of it.
By the way, the label is a real work of art from a local artist named Julio Galán. Nice touch from these guys from Casta that use Mexican artists for their labels.

Pours a beautiful hazy, dark amber, great tan head and almost no lacing.

Smell is spicy, floral.

Taste is good, of citrus, tangy mildly hoppy and doesn't hide it's alcoholic content.

Mouthfeel is dry, very dry.

This is my favorite style and every time I see Milenia, as well as other Belgian Strong Pale Ales, I buy a few bottles.

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Photo of Billolick
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Large champagne type bottle, caged and corked, allways a nice touch IMHO, This one pours ruby honey brown, and murky, with very little carbonation, no head and no lacing.hmmmm thats not usually a good sign. Nose is a light touch of mustyness, some spices and perhaps bubble gum. The lack of carbonation really hurt this one for me. Flavors of nutmeg, spicy fruits, and a soft but lingering sourness. Not my favorite, I'd like to try another bottle, to see if I had the bad luck to uncork an off one.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Leffe goblet, this beer had absolutely no head. A few lage bubbles peaked to the surface for just a moment, but there was no head onthe beer. It had a cloudy orangish red to brown color. The aroma was sweet with a bit of yeat aroma and some light cherry notes. The flavor is full of malt sweetness and a bit of bready character. Notes of caramel, sand, burnt sugar, and some mixed sour and smoky flavors. In the mouth it is smooth but also uneventful. The lack of carbonation hurt the texture. It is dry and tangy on the palate. Overall it is a decent beer but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena during a promotional tour for Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club.

Pale hazy orange with just a touch of brown and a very light white head that disappates quickly.

Soft and sweet aroma with light spice and a fresh honey and a slight leathery

Flavor is sweet on the start with a big kick of pepper and coriander type spiciness that runs through the sugar. Acidic touch to the end with a malt finish barely hanging on.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally opened this bottle up after slogging through a particularly burtal semester's worth of midterms. Nothing like grading undergraduate papers to make one yearn for an alcoholic treat!

The bottle comes in a very nice box, with some attractive artwork and lots of information about the beer and ideal serving conditions. The beer itself is only so-so to look at. Clear, ice-tea in color with a thin, off-white head and moderate to low carbonation.

The aroma starts off yeasty, develops a bit of nutty maltiness, and then levels off to a slightly tart apple-like fruit scent.

Flavor starts sugary sweet, and flirts with cloying, but never quite gets there. Lightly tart, cran-apple taste mid-palate, finishing off with a slight hint of toasted malt and a gentle hop bitterness.

Dry in the finish with a thinner mouth than I would have expected. This beer is anything but heavy handed -- the flavors are delicate and light, and surprisingly complex. It gets better as it warms, and benefits nicely from the addition of the yeast. Good stuff.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice copper color. This is one that needs to be served at the proper temperature, if too cold there is not much there, once it starts to warm up it becomes subtly fruity, a hint of vanilla. A very well balanced beer, with no one flavor dominating over the other. Definitely the best beer out of Mexico that I have ever had. Having said that if it was from Belgium or the US I wouldn't buy it. It is just a little too clean.

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Photo of Todd
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This limited edition brew from Casta, presented in a tasteful box, and then in an even more tasteful crowned and corked 750 dark brown champagne-style bottle. Plenty of info on the Belgian brewing influence of the beer and how to serve the beer -- kudos for that. No freshness date.

Pours a cloudy, dark, peachy amber topped with a creamy white head that settles to a lace crown. My sample had been sitting in my beer fridge for a while, expected a bit more clarity ...

On first pour and the beer unleashed a horsey aroma in the room, dissipating quickly. On closer inspection ... fresh grass, melon rind, touch of medicinal and a deep, sweet, fruity aroma.

Quite dry and crisp, with a sharp carbonation and zesty bitterness upfront. Touch of medicinal, plenty of lemon and grass. A luscious sweetness underneath the zest emerges and subdues the racy beginnings with burnt sugar, ripe nectarines / peaches (with skin) and green grapes. Mouthfeel is even, smooth and creamy; especially as the beer warms. Raw bready and yeast flavours. Dryish finish with residual sweetness, fruitiness and yeast.

An artisanal Belgian-style ale from Mexico? Believe it. This is a wonderful beer, that's wonderfully presented. Very more-ish as the beer warms to room temp, too. Seek it out ... and enjoy! SALUT!

Thanks to Casta.

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Photo of worldsbeer
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow..this was unexpected! First off what a beautiful bottle and artwork! Pop the cork and nice CO2 mist from Secondary Bottle Fermentation. Beer pours a somewhat cloudy darker amber with hits of red. Head is good but doesnt last more then 30 seconds. Nose of the beer is somewhat sweet with ester notes coming off. Tilt the glass and you are presented with a nice 8% Belgian Style Ale. Classic strength of a Belgian Strong. Sweet, Hints of Carmelly esters. Finishes off with a balanced hops to offset some of the sweetness. Only 2 more large bottles left...sigh

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Photo of TPoling
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Casta was certainly unexpected. It poured golden with medium head retention. The aroma was sour and some hops.

In the first few trips to the lips, a fruity sweetness was evident and a lot of carbonation. When the carbonation settled down and the palate adjusted, the pleasant sourness became much more prevalent and became a nice sipping beer for sharing tasting and surprised commentary from friends.

The sourness is very different from the unintentional nastiness that sometimes occurs and not as over the top as something like New Belgium's La Folie.

Thanks to Casta for supplying the sample of this ale, which is unavailable in Texas.

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Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been looking forward to the sampling of this beer from the “Great” brewers at Casta, since it arrived a week or so ago. Wanted to review it when I was in a really positive mood, as I feel that is important when ask personally to sample and review a beer by the master brewer, and the development team at Casta.

The beer pours a translucent deep amber color, the head is planetary in size, a beauteous light tan in color, creamy in texture, and the lace a diaphanous sheet to conceal the glass. The nose is sweet, yeast quite evident, fresh and clean, a bit plum like and to me the apotheosis of what a great beer nose should be, start sweet and malt laden, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is vinous, delightfully acidic, the hops delectable in their understated presence and spiciness, dry as they get aftertaste that lingers longingly upon the palate, also a nice bit of “Belly Warming”, to cap off this most delightful beer. A beer that lovers of the Oud Bruin and Belgian Strong’s will like I'm sure.

My thanks to all the fine people at Casta for giving me this chance to sample another of their great beers, I’ve tried them all, so what are you going to make next? Also I look forward to its being available in Arizona in the near future, as it will surely find a home in my “Cellar”!

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Casta Milenia from Especialidades Cerveceras S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 17 ratings