Armada (Texas Brown Ale) | Benelux Brewpub & Café

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4.05 w/ 23 ratings

Brewed by:
Benelux Brewpub & Café
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by smcolw on 08-27-2008

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by AnHeroicHippo:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brew pub, where the beers are served nicely just a bit cold and understated carbonation. This beer had lace, medium mouthfeel, was hoppy and malty. However root beerish sasaparilla flavour got in the way. Dark brown. A little aroma.Ok.
had at 2009 Volo cask fest. Above average brown ale, hopped up with malt as secondary. dark brown colour with reddish highlights. amarillo like citrus bitterness. above average smooth mouthfeel.Satisfying and drinkable.IPA like hops, nicely balanced.

Serving type: cask

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Photo of socon67
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a finger and a half foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured subtle dry chocolate malts, some estery yeast and an earthy hop.

The taste consisted of spicy chocolate malts, little to no sweetness and an earthy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier and fuller end of the style with some warming alcohol.

Overall a good and robust brown ale.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full pint on cask at Volo, Armada Texas Reserve Brown, pours a hazelnut brown with hints glints of orange, not much head.

A truly interesting beer that certainly doesn't fit the style. Blood orange and grapefruit pulp meets a minerally bitterness meets brown and caramel malts, hints of vanilla and wood. Light sweetness, medium long bitterness akin to a nice APA, citrus hops alongside floral notes. Extremely drinkable, nice bitterness - certainly one of the best at the fest.

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Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this last night right before the Als game.

Appearance: A mahogany brown body with a 2 finger head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Good dose of hops but the malt wins this one.

Taste: Nuts (skin and all) with some citrus fruit in the finish a bit like an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth and easy to drink but still packs some decent bitterness.

Overall: A well balanced and flavorful brown ale. Very good.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Quej
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Lots of cream coloured frothy head topping a dark brown beer which lets only slivers of red light through in the dim bar.

S - Dark roasted malts and the smell of burnt sugar and toffee are the most obvious smells, followed by a great leafy nose full of strong American hops.

T - Lots of dark malt tastes and hints of caramel are immediately followed by the strong bitter bite of hops. There is a rather strong taste of espresso and cocoa apparent, emerging between the sweet burned malts and the bitter hops.

M - Smooth and creamy, yet still dryingly refreshing due to the hops. Quite satisfying

D - Very drinkable, the refreshing quality of the hops and the sweeter taste of the brown ale's malts make a great combination and make this beer a winner.

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Photo of grub
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

sampled on cask at volo as part of cask days '09, oct 31/09. listed as "armada texas reserve brown".

pours hazy deep brown with a small tan head. the head drops fast with spotty lace.

aroma is good. blood oranges. fresh green hops. pine and grapefruit. whole wheat bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. light alcohol. caramel.

taste is great. wow, where the blood orange was subtle in the aroma, it really blossoms here. orange and tangerine hints, but blood orange reall nails it. white bread. cracker. light biscuit. light alcohol. bit of sweetness, more fruity than caramel. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. low carbonation level.

drinkability is excellent. great hop character and depth. perfect balance. probably my favourite of the fest. i could easily drink this all night. if only it were regularly available here!

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Photo of fortierv
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of smcolw
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Listed as a "Texas" Brown Ale. When asked, the bartender described it as big. The beer itself is a deep brown that allows light to shine through (appears clear). Good lasting head that leaves some spotty lace.

The smell is the weakest part of the beer--it is way too mild to be a "big" beer.

The flavor is a huge improvement. This is more hoppy than most Browns. It has a strong level of chocolate malt. In short, it's well balanced. The body is like 2% milk and the carbonation is relatively low.

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Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut amber with a light tan head, great retention & lacing for a cask!

S: Roasted nut, pumpernickel rye bread & some nice hopping.

T: Roasted nut, cocoa, grainy bread, earthy nutshell bitterness.

M: Moderately full body has an off-dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of eberesford
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub - pours thick , almost muddy brown with a thick off white head that leaves heavy lacing. Aroma: grassy fruity hops caramel some roast. Flavour: nuts, caramel, toasty, substantial but remarkably wellblended hopping.

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Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Volo for Cask Days 2009.

Pours a murky brown, some orange highlights, very thin off white head forms, settles to almost nothing, no real lacing.

Smell is really neat, lots of malt character, caramel and biscuit, oak, vanilla, orange peel, blood orange is about spot on, some citrusy hop character, lightly herbal and spicy.

Taste is similar, sweet and malty, nuts, caramel, wood, spice, orange, lots of citrus, light floral, a bit fruity, vanilla, neat herbal bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Kind of a pariah, but pretty interesting stuff.

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Photo of Socialiste
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bylerteck
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint at Benelux. From notes.

A - Rusty brown pour with one finger off white head. Bright. Good lace rings and a good half finger retention.

S - Toasty, good hop character, nice coffee note.

T - Coffee and toasty with caramel and a nice hop note. Well balanced.

M - Good medium body and good carbonation with good bitterness.

O/D - Nice brown ale. Doesn't break the mold, but it was well crafted. Good balance and nice and drinkable.

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Photo of groleau
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good brown ale. Pours almost opaque brown with a finger or so of beige head that ends up as a film with okay retention and lots of lacing. In general it is a very nutty and caramelized tasting beer with lots of toasted nuts, chocolate, caramel, and herbal/spicy European-tasting hops. Rich and full with a medium body in the mouth the flavor and feel is expertly dampened by the medicinal hop flavors. There is not much of a finish/aftertaste and it is very drinkable. Excellent all around. I would be curious to try a version with a less pronounced hop character. They are seriously good and work very well with the beer, but it might be good since the malt is delicious in both the flavor and aroma. Anyway, a fine beer well worth ordering if you're ever at Benelux.

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Photo of bobsy
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first ever Benelux, and its a special cask available at Volo for the cask days event. I ponied up for a half. It was labelled as Amato Texas Reserve Brown, but the brewer informed me it should have been labelled Armada. The only difference to the regular beer is that this is dry-hopped and with added oak chips.

Mahogany pour that kicked up a finger of tan head, and dropped lots of lace on the glass. Sticking my nose in, am I the only one that gets vanilla out of this? Wonderfully complex sweet vanilla, blending in with brown bread, spicy yeast and juicy hops. The flavour is everything an ABA should be, with the aforementioned vanilla, brown bread and spice joining cocoa and mineral notes to deliver a sublime salvo of malts. This is tempered by some nice hop bitterness in the finish that brings balance to this beer. Again - lots of vanilla as if barrel aged. The body is fuller than normal for a cask, and all the better for it, while the mouthfeel is smooth and rich.

Wow - this has wet my appetite for more beers from these guys. Its certainly a highly commendable effort, and maybe my favourite beer from the 30 or so I had over the weekend.

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Photo of HopBacchus
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this brew many times over the course of my career as a Benelux regular, I figured it was time for me to review it.

Pours a deep fudge brown with a thin tan head, it vanishes rather quickly leaving trace amounts of lace.

Initially the nose is a bit like an IPA, pine and citrus in the forefront but finishes with sumptuous malts and a yeasty bready smell.

Surprisingly large level of citrus, followed by smooth carmel and roasted malts, finishes slightly dry and hoppy.

Very good, medium bodies and creamy with low carbonation

Very drinkable and well balanced, another fine brew from Benelux

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Armada (Texas Brown Ale) from Benelux Brewpub & Café
Beer rating: 95.7% out of 100 with 23 ratings
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