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Furthermore Beer
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Golden2wenty1 on 01-11-2008

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Photo of timfc
2.07/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is nothing wrong with this beer... But it's not very Belgian.

It's a pretty traditional barley wine and it's a fine enough barley wine, it's middle of the road and quite drinkable as a barley wine.

There is a bit of a hop after taste, but the hops don't come out clean in terms of any particular flavor profile.

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Photo of bsp77
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Chalice.

Appearance: Cloudy, dull orange that turns fiery in the light. Massive foamy head with loads of lacing.

Smell: Dry, musty and earthy, with clove, banana and black pepper.

Taste: Strange upfront sweetness with caramel, raisins and banana. The finish is a little peppery and spicy, but also has a massive metallic flavor. So it goes from a sickly sweetness to licking a penny. Not good.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body with a very chalky finish.

Overall: First of all this is not a Belgian IPA. But why do I care, because I will never drink this again. I may try again in case I had a bad bottle, but there is no reason that it should have been bad.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as an interesting copperish amber color, the head vanished quick. The lacing is non-existent. The smell is of Belgian yeast, and some floral hops going on. The taste to me seemed a little strange, not sure if the blend of things going on here really goes that well together. The mouthfeel Is bubbly and leaves a bite on tongue. It's really wasn't that great to me, I'd probably pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Light red-copper beer, relatively clear. Tan head rises small off the pour, retained mildly.

S-Spice, mild and sweet bready malts, and a little bit of chocolate crisp. Slightly yeasty with a bit of hoppiness.

T-A hodge-podge of spicy Belgian yeast characters, hop character is spicy with some slight citrus and resiny characters. Some other spiciness in there melds with a big bitterness and some toasty malts. A little warm on the aftertaste, with bright sticky hops and bready malt.

M-Moderate small-bubbled carbonation, feels fluffy. Medium-bodied brew, but still felt heavy, in a way.

D-OK. Interesting to try this time, though I don't think it's a brew I'd want to pursue in the future. Of course, I wouldn't turn one down :D

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Photo of madtowndmb1
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a murky brown with a nice little head that stuck around for a bit.

S: I got malty sweetness with a some fruity, hoppy flavors in there.

T: Right up front I tasted malt with some fruit with a decent hop flavor that lingered on the back of my tongue.

M: It was just OK for me, didn't coat my tongue or leave me wanting another drink. Just didn't draw me in.

D: I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting, but it will be a decent beer to revisit every once in a while to see if it grows on me.

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Photo of blackearth
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Poured into a DT snifter, the body was very dark red copper with suspended sediment that doesn't move. It looks like it's frozen. No head at all. I poured this nice and slow, so I'm guessing this is an old bottle. Aroma is of alcohol, sugary syrup and toffee. Full bodied with medium carbonation, this beer has a sweet caramelized sugar flavor that leads to a bit of an alcohol finish. It wasn't bad, but I think a fresh bottle would taste much better.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copperish color with a slight skim of off white color. The head gives way to a sticky like gob on the glass but not real lacing. The aroma is of belgian yeast and belgian candy sugars, with hints of a floral hop and a boozy finish. The taste is of belgian yeast and belgian candy sugars along with a boozy touch. There isn't really much of a hop presence, and it could stand to be slightly more balanced. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated and slightly oily and slick. The drinkability is okay, after a couple the flaws could be more pronouced, but in small doses it is very enjoyable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance light bronze tea colored body with a light khaki head forms thick with fine speckled evenly coated lacing on the sides of my Allagash chalice. Aroma has some citrus peel notes with solid earthy hops as well with some mineral water and fruit undertones present from the caramel malt profile. The label says it's a mix of English, American, and Belgian pale. Flavor has a deep rich sweetness bringing about mildly spice raisin bread tones, orange peel, with a touch of yeast funk. The spice or citrus peel really holds down the flavor and a bit of residual sugars and alcohol bring out a very harsh finish. Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation levels a bit heavy at times, body is medium bodied there are some resins tea leaf bitterness left on the palate with a bit of residuals from fermentation making it a bit cloying. Drinkability overall it's just not my cup of tea, I don't think the fusion of three types of pale ale produces a new style that is better than any of it's parts. So is it innovative? Maybe, but is it a better creation overall...absolutely not.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a HUGE head that is thick and resiny, but not all too persistent. An interesting aroma; floral hops and malt, and an almost....bubblegum note in the background. A soft combination of pine, flowers, and bubblegum. Amber-straw color. Starts off...weird. It's like a warm boozey, bitter flavor, with a flash of floral hops, that moves into an even more bitter pine-grapefruit flavor, as the booziness hits. The finish retains that citrus rind hop bitterness, but the malt really starts to come through a little more, cutting the bitterness and letting a more citrusy pine hop flavor waft.

This is very interesting. It's not my favorite, but it's not terrible. I applaud trying to blend so many styles, but it feels mostly like a mix of hops. I do appreciate how I get floral hops, pine hops, and grapefruit notes. But, the overall bitterness is a bit too unpleasant to allow me to really enjoy these hops. I was expecting to see more in the way of malt/yeast excitement.

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Photo of sonicdescent
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Given as an extra in a trade that I didn't properly document, thank you to whoever this was and cheers!

I have no idea about this brewery or this beer going in, so here goes!

This is a looker of a beer, nice dark red liquid with insane carbonation, a very thick and creamy off white head that leaves thick lacing.

Scent is very belgian, bready and light hops. The label says this is a mix of belgian, american, and english pales, but the scent is a very nice and clean belgian. Good, but not pronounced enough to get past 4.0

Taste certainly leans in that direction too, as well as mouth. A relatively crisp and dry finish over a thin-medium bodied liquid with high carbonation. Taste is an odd conglomeration of hops and malt that I dare say is balanced, but somewhat off putting. Has a refreshing feel, but the taste is just a bit off.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Russian River TION goblet.

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a small white head that quickly fades into a thin collar and leaves only a spot or two of lacing behind. The nose brings forward some light caramel malt plus a bit of pepper and earth. Mild floral character and a bit of extra spice. The flavor really adds in the Belgian yeast factor, though there is little in the way of hops. Some floral and herbal hops, though they are not prominent. Bready malt in the background. Medium body and a finish that is heavy on the booze. Not a bad take on the style, but needs more hops and the alcohol has to mellow out a bit.

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Photo of Lukafer
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher for this!

Pours a medium-dark amber with 1 finger of tan head.  Smells are sugar, yeast, molasses and booze.  Tastes are yeast at the front, sweet caramel, burnt sugar, and a slightly drying boozy finish.  Mouthfeel is good and sticky.  Drinkability is kind of low, I think one of these is enough for me in one sitting. Interesting beer, but not one I would seek out.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass, courtesy of Jason (MBABJJ). Thanks again!

Pours a toasty brown with just a bit of darkest copper showing through, clear, with a super dense, meringue-like head on top that leaves incredibly thick walls of lacing behind. Great retention.

Nose carries notes of citrus up front, just a bit piney, blending with yeasty clove, orange zest, caramel, and tea-like tannic note as well.

Taste is kind of a mess. A bit pungent up front, some grapefruit, blending with a caramel note that has more of the weird tannic, tea-like qualities from the nose. The noble hops really come through. The hops are persistent throughout the entire flavor - this feels like a standard English IPA/DIPA (and not a particularly good one) that just had some Belgian yeast thrown in.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy, syrupy. Carbonation is nice, lightly sharp, though could use significantly more of it.

Drinkability is meh. Too much going on, not much of it really that pleasant, and the moutfeel is very heavy. Not sold on this one.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, green apple fruitiness and candy sugar. In the taste, green apple, candy sugar, and a small dry alcohol. An alcohol bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry green apple in the aftertaste. Almost a sour, nice fruit presence, decent.

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Photo of meatyard
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, nicely carbonated, dark copper color with a thick, fluffy, 2-finger, off-white head that leaves a bit of sparse lace.
The smell is yeasty, sweet and strong malt aroma.
The taste is much the same as the smell with some mild bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin and well carbonated.
Drinkability is limited to one for me. There are better BPAs out there but this is not bad and kind of curious in what it offers.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed copper color, thin bubbly head, minimal retenion and lacing. Scent is a huge whiff of belgian yeast, belgian candy sugar and carmel and faint floral hops with a boozy note. Taste brings all the qualities of scent but each of them big and bold, making the beer come across as unfocused and muddled... yeasty, malty, sugary and hopy all at the same time with some notes of boozyness. Medium bodied, despite the look with acive bubbles, decent lighter carbonation. A beer that tries to have multiple bold flavors and comes across as somewhat cloying with each.

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Photo of koopa
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with imperialking...thanks for the opportunity to try this local brew!

Appearance: brownish red body with 1 finger white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves some lace.

Smell: caramel malt, booze, and floral hops.

Taste: Lots of caramel malt, a touch of herbal and floral hop presence.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, a touch creamy, with a slightly sweet finish.

Drinkability: Not digging the flavor profile enough to call it drinkable. 8.50% doesn't help either.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz btl from 3 son's

A: Pours a lovely garnet hue. Average head from a strong pour that doesn't last long at all. Lace clings to the Duvel tulip.

S: Sweet. Distinctly belgian aroma. Candi. Not picking up much in the hop dept.

T: Nice prickly sweetness as this warms a bit. Balance is right. This tastes like a mixture of Popperings Hommelbier and Flying Dog Raging Bitch. Similar hop presence as Hommel, color and malt profile feel like Raging Bitch.

M: Carbonation feels ok, but I would expect a little higher level of fizz from a Belgian-inspired ale.

D: Solid. Nothing about this beer will slow you down. Although this beer feels a little more heady than the 8.5% abv would suggest.

I like this beer quite a bit. I wish it was a few percentage points lower in alcohol as everything else about this beer feels sessionable to me. My 1st offering from furthermore, I look forward to trying the rest of the lineup. As noted earlier this reminds me of Raging Bitch, which hurts the score somewhat b/c I think the offering from Flying Dog is head and shoulders above Makeweight.

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Photo of errantnight
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A fine beer, if not really a Belgian IPA. Thanks, mn6, for a few of these extras. I'm reviewing the first one, here, look forward to drinking the next couple.

This beer is a lovely, faintly hazed amber with copper highlights, superior retention and solid lacing.

Despite the blend of yeasts, two things stick out on the nose, Belgian esters and Belgian candy sugar. There is a note of hops just at the finish, faintly floral and a touch earthy.

On the palate this is a superbly textured beer. Round and full with a smooth, lingering sweetness. The alcohol doesn't present itself, but it shows up in the body. This reminds me of Dogfish Head in this regard, dried out to not be unbearably sweet, but lots of sugar remain the leave for a full, and still distinctly sweet beer. There's not quite the malt complexity to call this a dubbel, but it trends that way. Solid hoppy bitter to the finish before the sweetness takes over.

I might be dinging it a bit much on flavor, there toffee and dried fruit notes present themselves solidly and cleanly, if not with exceeding complexity.

Overall, seems like an excellent evening tipple to warm the soul. And for our relatively cool summer here in LA, I know I've got a couple more evenings of enjoyment in place thanks to this brew.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this -poured chilled in a tulip pint

A - a lightly hazed medium brown - caramel color/tea like color w/ rocky light cream which clings like ribbons of lace. The bead is fine and so is retention

S - A smell of sweet malt and candy sugar is pretty prominent with light toasted malt and mild yeast ester. There is a minimal amount of hops and spice in the nose

M - the feel is creamy up front w/ sweetness in moderate range w/ mild carbonation and moderately full body w/ subtle spice making the sweetness come into balance in the middle w/ dry malty finish

T - The flavor has a caramel malt and light candy sugar taste w/ smooth yeast backing it and hop spice restrained yet there in the taste w/ mild fruitiness and gentle vanilla notes from malt and sugar continuing form mid to finish w/ mild creaminess in the flavor

D - The drinkablity is pretty good for this beer, not exactly sure what to expect given the description, but for what it is it isn't bad at all. I could probably handle having a few over time -like a dubbel with more hops and toasty malt. Not something to go out of your way for but worth trying for sure

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Leave it to us Americans to inspire a new style and to Aran Madden, a Pittsburgh guy, to bring us one iteration of it.

From the label: "An Ecumenical Mash-Up"; "A Single-Batch Conflagration of English, American and Belgian-Style Pales".

My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of tawny head with good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy deep amber. Nose was a riot of grassy hops, yeasty mustiness, and caramel malts. Yoi! Mouthfeel was medium with an intial sweetness, like a mixture of honey and carmel, then followed by a very yeasty mustiness, finishing with just a kiss of the hops. Sorry, Schlitz. Finish was almost mead-like with its dry honey flavor that lingered well after the swallow. Wild, but just one at a time, thank you very much.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a dirty brown color, with one finger of tan head. Smells of malt and fruit, a very pleasant aroma. Taste doesn't quite measure up to the aroma, but it's not bad at all. I didn't know what style this was before drinking it, but it tasted like a weak barleywine. Various fruits, which I couldn't really identify--a good flavor, but kind of middle of the road. About halfway through the glass, I got tired of it and had to force myself to finish it. A good beer, but just not quite my cup of tea.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't really expect much from this beer as a brief review of its packaging led me to believe that it was somehow a collection of spare bits from around the brewery, but I picked it up because I'd enjoyed other Furthermore beers. And I was glad I did, as I enjoyed this beer, but also found it quite interesting because it was unique and hard to classify or compare to other beers I've had.

This beer is beautiful. It is a deep red color with brilliant clarity and a thick creamy head of tightly packed tiny bubbles that didn't overflow the rim of the glass but was durable enough to leave great lacing on the glass and insulate the underlying liquid from first sip to the last. Aroma and flavor were pleasant and not overpowering, but kind of puzzling. It is kind of as described. I didn't detect the English influence as it was the mildest of the three included recipes, but I definitely got an APA type hoppiness in both the flavor and aroma and a Belgian spiciness. There was something else going on here that I couldn't quite put my finger on; a maltiness that was a bit cerealy but not unpleasant. I wish I'd purchased two bottles of this stuff so I could've continued my investigation into some of the flavors therein.

This is a good (not great beer), but an extremely interesting one. There's a lot of flavors in that bottle.

I would recommend this beer. I bought a 12oz single at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass from bottle. Big airy head looks very nice, but very little lacing.  A bit dark for the style, more amber in color

Fruity Belgian nose a bit muted, But still appropriate for the style

Belgian yeast comes through here, a bit of banana and clove action here a bit too sweet in the finish. Where are the hops?

Not a bad beer, but more of a Belgian style ale than a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of yamar68
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright amber gold with a half finger of slightly off white head. Lacing is a bit lacking. One of the most complex smelling pales I’ve experienced. Sweet cereal, hay, nice yeast presence. The belgian really goes a long way in this beer. Nice, soft bitterness and that same yeast carries through in the taste. Feel is spot on for the style, nothing too exciting. Overall, an interesting concept, pretty well executed.

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