Blood Orange Belgian Style Ale
Shipyard Brewing Company

Blood Orange Belgian Style AleBlood Orange Belgian Style Ale
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #931
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
74
Ranked #49,452
Avg:
3.08 | pDev: 22.4%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
68
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Shipyard Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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  2
Gots
  18
SCORE
74
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Blood Orange Belgian Style AleBlood Orange Belgian Style Ale
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chitoryu12 from Florida

2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: Hazy gold with a thick white head, like a wheat beer.

Smell: Very strong artificial orange scent, like orange soda. I can't really make out anything else over it.

Taste: At first it tastes like carbonated water flavored with artificial orange, like La Croix. A tiny bit of soapy malt comes in at the end, just enough to remind you that it's beer.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and highly carbonated. Again, like carbonated water.

Overall: While not really offensive, it's incredibly boring. It tastes less like beer and more like someone put a little bit of flavoring in a bottle of sparkling water.

Apr 29, 2018
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BigJimmy02919 from Massachusetts

1.14/5  rDev -63%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

The absolute worst beer to have ever crossed my pallet. Its look was even more orange and artificial than I expected from a blood orange beer. The smell was somewhat acrid and I wouldn't recommend inhaling deeply if you value your sinuses. The flavor confirmed my assessment of the smell and brought to mind the smell of opening the cupboard below the kitchen sink where the cleaning products are stored. It was gassy and its feel in the mouth was distinctly soapy, reminding me of having my mouth washed out with lifeboy for cussing when I was a kid. Others have compared this beer to Lysol. They were being kind in their assessment of smell, texture and taste. Hands down the worst beer I have ever had. As I said said to the server who brought this beer to me: "take the bad beer away!"

Mar 31, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is a real curiosity for me. Note that it does not identify itself as anything other than a "Blood Orange Belgian Style Ale". It is not a form of IPA, nor does it say which Belgian style that it is adhering to. These are the sorts of thoughts that occur on New Beer Sunday (Week 672) as I continue my brewery horizontal with Shipyard B.C.

From the bottle: "Florida brewed"; "Belgian style ale brewed with coriander, orange peel, and natural flavors added".

I knew that it was going to be another screwed-up screw-top cap but I hated to deprive myself of the opportunity to Pop! the cap. Once it had been prised off, I began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass, followed by a vigorous in-glass swirl. This action produced two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was solid Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity, like sunshine in my glass, causing The Gelt Gang to come running in from my living room for a taste. Nose was unquestionably orange, but with a peppery spiciness. I was put in mind of a childhood activity book that showed me how to make a pirate hat out of folded newspaper and an air freshener out of cloves & an orange. This beer's smell reminded me of that early version of potpourri. Sweet, citrusy, but with a spiciness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and I have been noticing this in all of their beers thus far. Is it something about the water that they are using at their brewery? The taste was kind of odd, like a cross between an orange lollipop and orange perfume. It was quite sweet and I was not getting the spiciness in the mouth the way that I had on the nose. Finish remained sweet and perfume-y & I just was not digging it. I liked the concept, but its execution was sub-par. YMMV.

Jan 07, 2018
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jjamadorphd from Florida

2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Shipyard is just one of those brewers I keep on trying and after I have another different offering I then keep on asking myself, 'Why?'.

This particular brew is neither bloody or orange to the eyes, it is however a very clear and lightly orange-tinged brew with no head at all. The smell unique to an extent - it reminded me of an orange soda but with a hoppy tingle to my nose. The feel was mostly crisp, lightly water, but was the sessionable kind of feel - easy to pound. What I was perplexed with mostly was the taste. There was some of that orange soda character to it, there was some malty background, and the hops were mixed in as well, all of it, making for a simply weird brew. Not a particularly bad beer, but not the best the offer by a long shot. Though I think I would enjoy these on a hot summer day rather than having some calming beers at night.

Aug 06, 2017
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Try-em-all from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Summer ale not too overpowering citrusy taste is there but not too strong like to finger head cloudy and the pour smooth going down a real winner.

Aug 02, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

2.89/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle brewed and consumed in Florida. Some sediment clung to the bottom of the bottle.
Pale, hazy golden body with a decent white head.
Aroma: dank with citrus
Flavor: lightly funky, yeasty and fruity with sweet, tart and bitter aspects.
Feel: light bodied, too light, but well carbonated.

Overall: not bad but a disappointing.

Feb 22, 2017
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Chasegator from Florida

2.21/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Look- Cloudy light straw color with small head
Smell- Overwhelming floral nose with hints of fruit
Taste- same as nose. Floral flavor dominates. Slight fruity aftertaste
Feel- Light-Medium bodied to be expected.
Overall- Bad. Overwhelming floral nose and taste is not good. Get another beer.

Dec 31, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is strong orange, mild sweetness and slightly perfumed fruit. The flavor is orange/citrus/slightly cola-ish, malts and mildly bland/sweet finish.

Nov 09, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/24/2016. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of blood orange, orange peel, coriander, pear, apple, pepper, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, blood orange, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of blood orange, orange peel, coriander, pear, apple, pepper, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness and slight fruit bitter/tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of blood orange, orange peel, coriander, pepper, wheat, cracker, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, blood orange, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is good; a bit thin even for a witbier. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a very solid fruited witbier. All around good balance and solid robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, blood orange, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

Aug 05, 2016
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Popping the top on this brew I get a big waft of oranges and a little bit of breadiness. Pours to a light golden color with not much of a head. On the taste this brew is like a wit beer up front but quickly has a very pronounced orange soda like flavor in the back of the throat with a bit of bitterness to go with it. Something different, nothing spectacular, but not offensive.

Jul 30, 2016
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tfsimpkins from Florida

2.12/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very very floral on the nose and palate. The yeast characteristics do not mesh well with the blood orange rind flavors. Almost soapy. Maybe its the belgian wit yeast? May they can try an abbey or belgian ale yeast blend?

Jul 29, 2016
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RicketyCrix from Florida

1.09/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If you enjoy the taste of a wonderfully crafted citrus Lysol type cleaner product, then I have the beer for you! Seriously though the artificial orange taste is awful, had to pour this one down the drain,

Jul 26, 2016
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Chris1108 from New Jersey

2.44/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3

Meh. In every category. I do not like wheat beer and I didnt realize it was a wheat until after I drank one and looked it up on BA. It does not say on the label. The orange is mildly present but tastes so artificial it makes me think this beer is artificially flavored. Overall Drain pour 2.2/5.

Jul 17, 2016
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Lousmistress from Pennsylvania

1.23/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

The first sip turned my stomach from all the soapy taste. I cleansed my palate, took a small sip, spit it back into glass, and poured it down the drain. I will never buy or try that beer again, and quite possibly the same for all Shipyard products. There are too many soapy reviews!!

Jul 15, 2016
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cjgator3 from Florida

1.66/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma reminds is citrusy but comes across as unnatural. The best I can describe the nose is orange or grapefruit dish soap. The taste is disappointing as well. In fact, there is something in the taste that is bitter and medicinal that is extremely off-putting to me and I am having a hard time finishing the bottle. I drank it all but it got more difficult with each sip and it was darn near a drain pour. Overall, this is not something I will purchase again.

Jun 16, 2016
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hophugger from Virginia

3.56/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice flavored belgian beer with a light color, decent head and aroma. Flavor is very nice bllod orange and I even get the feel of the peel on my lips at the end. A touch soapy, but a nice very refreshing beer for the summer...........or anytime !!

Jun 03, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

2.92/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: somewhat hazy; deep gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to nothing; no lacing;

S: somewhat skunky with some blood orange behind it;

T; coriander and blood orange from start to finish; combination doesn't really work for me; very little bitterness;

M: medium bodied; lightly carbonated;

O: I love blood oranges, but this isn't worth it;

Jun 02, 2016
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Zylod from West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice and golden with a bit of head. Smells like...a creamsavers orange...which well..i like those so...good for me....taste follows up...Heavy front kick of orange and bitter going out, not bad..some bubbles in the body. Not bad at all, it's basically what it claims to be. If it's not your taste you prolly will not like it, if it is you will. I like it.

May 14, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.59/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of 08-31-16. Sampled on May 8, 2016.

The pour is straw yellow with a modest, white foamy head. Some haze.

On the nose there is toasted bread, Pilsener malts, grass, hay, wheat flakes, and a dash of orange.

The body is light to medium.

The orange is much more forward and sweet in the taste than in the aroma. It is ore like an orange cream. The wheat and grassy hop characters take second placed to the orange zest. Some light allspice. Mild bitterness to finish

May 08, 2016
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Trosevear from Canada (AB)

4.26/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Has a hazy yellow colour to it with a slight amount of orange to it, big poof head with that leaves some really nice lacing down the side.

S: Sweet and tangy orange has almost no hop smell to it at all.

T: Tangy orange with no bitterness to it, has a definite blood orange taste to it.

F: a regular amount of carbonation on the younger which makes the beer taste better in my opinion.

O: a really good beer, could slam back a lot of these fast on the deck on a hot day.

Apr 26, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I tried this from the bottle in a tumbler

The color is light golden amber with practically no head with a ring of bubbles. The smell has a tangy fruity scent with slight fruity yeast ester with subtle wheat smell. The feel has medium tanginess with moderately low carbonation with slight sweetness with light spice and toasted texture with semi-dry finish.

The taste has mild fruity flavor with gentle citrus tanginess with slight coriander peppery and light malt sweetness with subtle yeast flavor to augment the toasted wheat in the flavor with blood orange mild in general. This is a decent wheat beer with orange milder than expected it has some Belgian yeast character but that is mild too if that is what is supposed to be Belgian style about it

Mar 09, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.39/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle - a witbier, sure, until the 'natural flavors added' bit in the ingredients list.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy bone-white head, which leaves some streaky welding arc lace around the glass as it quickly sinks out of sight.

It smells of sharp orange flesh and peel, grainy, semi-sweet wheat malt, rather sugary coriander, a touch of earthy yeast, and a faint leafy and floral hop bitterness. The taste is bready and doughy pale and wheat malt, a sturdy fleshy orange fruitiness, still saccharine coriander spice notes, battened-down yeast, and more tame floral and weedy hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its coddling and enveloping frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a small airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad. It finishes well off-dry, the still heady mixed malt contending with the equally lingering sugared spice thing to see who can make me scrape my tongue first.

Overall, a simple and plain version of the style, one that seems at times overburdened by the aforementioned 'natural' flavouring, which must have been some sort of sweetened orange concentrate. Good, if you like your alco-pops, but for fans of the expected subtly of the style, this one will not please.

Feb 29, 2016
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illpass78 from Maine

3.94/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Good looking beer. Hazy straw with a big pillowy white head. Spotty lacing behind.

Aroma: Orange, orange peel and yeast. Not overwhelming. Smells like an orangey witbier.

Taste: Crisp citrus taste with a little bit of sugar, orange rind and a bite of coriander. Pretty good stuff in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Typical depth for a Belgian-style ale.

Overall: A solid effort from Shipyard. Just a little surprised they put it out in winter as opposed to spring or summer, because it definitely seems like a warm weather seasonal. Still, a nice change of pace and a tasty option for those of us who love orange flavors.

Feb 26, 2016
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Gsdmica from New Hampshire

1.55/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

One of the absolute worst Belgian Ales I've ever had, first off it doesn't taste like a Belgian Ale, second there is absolutely no orange present in the taste of this beer. Horrible, Horrible, Horrible.

Feb 20, 2016
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

2.62/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an ever so slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 1-finger all-white head. Fine looking beer.

The aroma is pleasant, with notes of sweet orange and bready malt, but nothing really stands out about it.

The taste is very underwhelming. I get barely any orange flavors at all. It's more malt than anything, and any of the citrus flavors are extremely well hidden, like biting into a dried out orange.

The feel is watery with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry as a bone.

Overall, I am definitely disappointed with this one. I'm not a big fan of Shipyard but I'm a sucker for orange flavors and aromas in beer. This just doesn't really have either, despite the name. The notes are there, but they are far too subtle and seem almost artificial for my tastes.

Jan 20, 2016
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