Benevolence | Cambridge Brewing Company

BA SCORE
91.2%
Liked This Beer
4.33 w/ 57 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
cambridgebrewingcompany.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An altogether new and unique creation in the world of beer, Benevolence combines the age-old traditions of Belgian lambic blending, Flanders sour red ales, and barrel-aged English strong ales, with new American ingenuity and a penchant for the bizarre.

Added by Bierman9 on 05-25-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,309
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
57
Liked:
52
Avg:
4.33/5
pDev:
10.85%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 28
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4.15/5  rDev -4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had a dark burgundy color, almost wine like. Smelled like berries, dark chocolate, a bit of oakiness. The taste? A complex mixture of fruit leather, dark chocolate, like a chocolate covered fruit of some sort, some wine. Rich tannin's, oak and a slight tanginess really dry out your mouth, begging you to take another sip. This beer was phenomenal. Seriously could not detect any of the 13% alcohol in this.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A- This hefty beer was served in a snifter glass with minimal head. Body is dark reddish-purple hued. No lacing.

S- Plum juice, dates, raisins, yeast spice, red grape must. Dark chocolate. Oak tannins. Lots of smoky and sweet bourbon character. This is definitely complex and strong.

F- Dark chocolate, raisins, oak tannins, sweet bourbon with less smokiness as in the nose. Dates, tart cherry are in the background. This is a very tasty, complex beer that still shows the base very well amidst the strong bourbon barrel aspects.

M- Thinner in body despite the smorgasbord of flavours. Lower in carbonation. Still a bit dry with a slightly oaky but sweet finish. The bourbon flavours are accompanied by a slight bit of fusel and heat.

O- Strong, intense and complex beer that wins any taste test. An improved mouthfeel would help the overall cause a lot, but in terms of what matters- smell and taste- this packs a ton of flavours.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a very dark brown in color with a tanned head that barely came up from the tap.

Smell – This aroma is huge. The dark, roasty malts are laden with chocolate and a strong sourness. I can also pick up a lot of tarty fruits.

Taste – The dark chocolate came out even bigger at the taste. It’s really more like a milk chocolate flavor. There are plenty of other sweets in here as well like refined “candy” sugar and grapes and cherries. The bad news is that everything is extremely sour.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied BSDA went back and forth in the mouth from chocolaty sweet to acidicly sour.

Drinkability – This was just a bizarre ale and one of the strangest things I had at the 2004 Belgian Beer Fest. I see a lot of other Belgian-loving BAs like this effort by Cambridge but it just didn’t do it for me.

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4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A world-premiere offering from CBC, sampled at the AOBF. Brewed with some Belgian yeast and aged four months in oak barrels. This bier had a dark, murky brown hue, with a tan head comprised of fine, tightly-packed bubbles. Lacing was decent as well. The nose was luscious! Sweet, rich, with many a dark fruit aroma wafting about. The presence of the 8.6 abv made itself known in the nose also. Though I found the body a pinch on the thin side of medium, it passed rather smoothly over the tongue. The flavor was a mix of a lot of this and a lot of that. An abundance of dark fruit flavors was present, like raisins and dates. It had plenty of sweetness throughout, with definite Belgian characteristics to boot. The barrel-aging lent a distinct oakiness, and the alcohol provided a warming sensation into the belly. Hard to pinpoint exactly what this bier wants to be, but it was pleasing nonetheless. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had like a million samples of this one when all is said and done. Quite a few at the source, and quite a few at some BA fests in Boston. This is a pretty nice brew. Dark ruddy, rusty, reddish brown with a small khaki head that leaves nice lacing. Aromas are all Sweet spicy Belgian yeast funk mixed in with the wonderful old ale flavors of a Hardys or a Lees. The taste is funky and spicy with some lovely yeasty notes and the mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability remains nice as well. Awesome stuff...

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub 2/21/04.

I had sampled this beer 9 months ago at AOBF and did not like it much, but more aging time in bourbon barrels has improved this ale dramatically. Amazing!

This dark ale poured a cloudy, dark brown color (practically opaque) with thin tan foam that settled but clung to the inside of the glass. The smell was very, very nice: brown sugar, molasses, caramel, dried fruits (figs, raisins, dates); a almost barleywine-like aroma with a hint of fusel alcohols. The taste was fruity (figs, dates, prunes, raisins) with a sweet molasses flavor but with an underlying tartness that came out in the finish (cherries?). There was a very low hop presence. The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, and tangy with a touch of tartness. The body was medium with low carbonation but with an overall airy feeling on the tongue. How much this ale had improved was quite a pleasant surprise, and I really need to have more of this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my 100th review on-tap! mini snifter

A nutty dark brown color, thin and tanned head with only small lacing all around.

the nose has a fruity, sour and wild yeast aroma up-front. solid, thick and sweet malt underneath, dark fruits, dates and raisins and very tart.

the flavor is a very nice wild-yeast complexity that has tangy and sweet dark fruits, wood-aged alcohol effect along side with a very solid malty balance. wonderful complexity for this wild ale, slightly peppery and herbal on the way down. sour-cherry flavor makes this one really refreshing. Oak and vanilla pop out of the malt in a subtle way and the very end bringa a port wine sweetness.

this one has wonderful balance for a wild yeast ale.

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Photo of rye726
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2001.

These guys always do great barrel aged beers. And their barrel aged sours are no different. Great color and head. Super sour nd super funky with a nice wine barrel character. Perfect balance of flavors. Crisp, refreshing body has a long complex finish.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of blisscent
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wouldn't really call this beer an American Wild Ale, it definitely had more in common with a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan-ish head, not much in the way of lacing though.

Smell is an aroma punch, huge amounts of candied sugar and malt, tons and tons of dark fruit like raisins and dates, hints of alcohol but that's not much of a shock.

Taste is similar to the aroma with the candied sugar and dark fruit stealing the show, it is quite strong as evident by an alcoholic burn, didn't slow me down one bit though and I enjoyed a couple of these with no problem. I was quite surprised by how much I liked this beer, never heard of it until I tried it, shame I'll probably never try it again :(

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Benevolence from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91.2% out of 100 with 57 ratings
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