The Bold Belgian Pale Ale | Dead Frog Brewing

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The Bold Belgian Pale AleThe Bold Belgian Pale Ale
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The Bold Belgian Pale AleThe Bold Belgian Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Dead Frog Brewing
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Exeter on 10-06-2013

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341 ml bottle into a tulip glass. A rich dark reddish bronze color with a moderate amount of creamy beige head, this brew sports quite a lovely aroma, sweet nutty Belgian yeast, peach, cherry, dried dark fruit (raisins, figs, and dates), grapefruit, caramels and gummy candy. More yeast and sweet malt than spice although ones gets a whiff of nutmeg. Taste is similar: Fig newton cookie, strawberry, citrus rind, brown spice, tobacco, molasses chews, black tea ... A drying and bitter yet not unpleasant medicinal astringency, ample yeast character, fruity and with some American hop flourishes but everything still remains decidedly "old world" in flavor. Minimal booze flavor. Full bodied and smooth, with some spice and sour fruit elements in the dryish roast malt-forward finish. Might be my favorite from this brewery to date. Perhaps there is a little something missing that one does find in the authentic Belgian ales ... Perhaps not. In either case, more than worthy of being enjoyed on the basis of its own merits.

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3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle, part of the current mixed-pack and also sold in its own sixer.

This beer pours a hazy, murky medium red brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy beige head, which leaves some decent layered hedge lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, earthy Belgian yeast, a hint of black pepper, and leafy, somewhat grassy hops. The taste is more gritty, dry biscuity pale malt, with caramel now a secondary characteristic, edgy dry yeast, aerosol pepper, and earthy, dusty dry hops.

The carbonation is evenly applied, just a minor twinge here and there, the body a wavering medium weight, and smooth, in the sense of tempting the dangerous part of the sword. It finishes rather dry, the yeast and biscuity malt solidifying their already claimed hold.

A rather yeasty BPA, in a mostly good sense - almost sharp in its manifestation, but agreeable enough overall. I don't quite know where the 'bold' part comes in, but I do detect a certain new-world to hell with the old sensibility to all of this, so that just may be it.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $2 or so

Appearance - Copper colour with an average size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Caramel, malts, breads/grains, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some sugary sweet notes, and a yeasty spiciness.

Overall - Not like any belgian ipa I've had before. Kind of like a ESB meets a belgian pale ale? If that makes any sense. It's not a bad beer, just not to style.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle pulled from a BC Craft Brewers Guild sampler pack, now available at the LCBO. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a muddy brownish-amber colour, opaque with sediment and full of visible floaties that slowly hover through the liquid. It is topped with two fingers of puffy, resilient off-white head that very gradually seeps away over a period of minutes. Beautiful lace; with a messy cap and collar eventually being deposited. This is a nice-looking beer, although it isn't terribly pale. The aroma is rather leafy and earthy, with additional notes of brown sugar, raisin, bergamot orange and spicy yeast.

An interesting beer - very much a Belgian ale crossed with an American-style pale ale. The malt backbone is quite bready and biscuity, with hints of brown sugar. It then takes a turn toward the hoppy side, with leafy, earthy hop notes and bitter orange, which eventually fades into a peppery, yeasty finish. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with fairly assertive carbonation that gives this brew a nice, crisp bite that complements the hoppy, spicy tail end of the flavour profile.

Final Grade: 3.83, a B+. This boldly-named beer does not disappoint - Dead Frog's Bold Belgian Pale Ale is a fantastic addition to this sampler pack. At only 5%, this is a very flavourful, satisfying session ale that offers a unique take on the style, with something to please nearly everyone. Not a traditional BPA, as the use of North American hop strains is noticeable, but I am enjoying my glass and would recommend this beer to others.

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

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3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Diegofcosta
2.39/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

the color and the aroma converge to a disappointing taste

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.51/5  rDev +2%

341 ml bottle pulled from a BC craft brewers sampler pack. About $2.25 CDN per bottle. Served cold into glassware.

Appearance - hazy light brown color, capped by almost two fingers of frothy and dense white head. Some spectacular lacing left behind.

Smell - some hoppy aromas with a burst of citrus. Nice cross between an IPA and a Belgian ale. Just the faintest trace of Belgian yeast too.

Taste - fairly hoppy and bitter flavor, there's more I an earthy flavor than the nose would let one. Less citrus than expected and what citrus there is, is reminisecent of grapefruit. A trace of Belgian Yeats, but in all this is more akin to a west coast IPA or APA. Too bitter for the sake of being bitter for my liking.

Mouthfeel - fairly smooth with sufficient bubbly carbonation. Fairly light but with a dry vinous finish.

Overall- definitely an interesting pale ale, to me this is a toned down west coast IPA maybe crossed with some Belgian yeast than a full blown Belgian pale ale. Still quite taste and an interesting spin on the style. Would enjoy again.

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.36/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of canucklehead
4.34/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of the mixed 6 pack from Beer month, this is a pleasure to find. A Belgian styled Pale Ale that is truly Belgian in style with the hops coming in second. Usually the beer is a weak imitation of a Belgian pale ale and the yeast is the only difference . This beer smells Belgain and the bready yeasty notes on the finish are great. I loved their DIPA and this is another revelation. Dead Frog is making moves.

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Photo of biegaman
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%

Wait a second, I thought the label said this was a Belgian *Pale* Ale... the flat, dingy copper-toned fluid that comes out of the bottle, however, is hardly any lighter than orange pekoe tea. And with all the yeast sediment floating about it looks no less thick than marmalade (imagine had I have included the last two fingers worth of liquid - I'd need a knife and spoon!)

The Bold smells rather boldly indeed - like an orchard full of fallen, festering fruits. Notes of rotting pears and oranges are strong, though lightened and brightened slightly by a hop bill comprised of floral and citrusy Cascade and Columbus cones. More noticeable even, however, is a significantly bready, biscuity maltiness reminiscent of an American, British even, pale ale.

Indeed, Belgian yeast has very distinct qualities - and this doesn't offer nearly enough of them to be eligible for "Belgian" considerations in my mind. The taste, like the aroma, is defined in majority by its malts which provide an ample flavour of country loaf bread and subtle notes of hard toffee. The over-ripe orchard fruit and citrus peels are appreciable still too.

But what about the peppery, zesty phenolics? There's far too much marmalade sweetness and virtually zero spiciness. This lacks balance between elements as well as the typical effervescence (both in character and carbonation). Also, the plumper malt bill gives the beer more weight than it aught to have; this wouldn't be my go-to for a social, easy-going warm-weather sipper.

Openly designed as a "new world take on an old world brew", The Bold is nowhere as fundamentally flawed as I've made it out to be. In fact, it's not a bad recipe - it's just in need of a little tweaking. And just because I didn't enjoy it doesn't mean you won't. But to be clear: Aldergrove is not Antwerp and British Columbia is not Brabant. Adjust expectations accordingly.

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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