Belgian Style Amber Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Dark Horse Amber Ale

While the malt and hops give this beer an amazing copper color, medium body, and a smooth mouth feel; it’s the yeast that sets this one apart from other amber ales. Inspired by Belgium's beer, women and mussels we thought it would be cool to give our Amber a little Belgian touch. We accomplish this by using an "almost Belgian" yeast strain producing similar esters and flavors commonly found in more traditional Belgian beers.

Added by Mitchster on 08-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,982
Reviews:
213
Ratings:
474
pDev:
15.56%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
69
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 474 |  Reviews: 213
Photo of Phoodcritic
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaveWaterDrinkBeers
2.6/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Photo of BlueTomorrow
1.83/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Photo of mikeg67
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, red fruit and hint of hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of caramel, bready malt, herbal hops and ripe fruit. Finish is long and dry. Nice brew.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks slightly hazy amber with a fluffy white head. Very good retention. Splotchy lacing.
The aroma is very sweet dark fruits and malt. Maraschino cherry, toasted brown bread, strawberry candy, toffee, some clove and coriander.
The taste is maraschino cherry, plum, toasted brown bread, and caramel upfront, followed by grass and a light spicing of coriander and clove. Finishes somewhat balanced but mostly sweet.
Feels medium, well carbonated, slightly slick and oily, but ultimately quite drinkable.
Overall, a decent Belgian amber, but not great, either. A bit too sweet. If this was drier and spicier, it would be great.

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Photo of Explosion72
4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light brown color with a frothy off white head. Smells of straw and sweetness. Initial taste is sweet and mild with a pleasant spicy mild aftertaste. The mouth feel is mild as well, overall a great brew

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Photo of jr5639
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ovaltine
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich clear amber color with a light tan head. Fruity esters on the nose, plus some resiny hop notes and caramalt.

The taste has the resiny hop flavors up front, followed closely by the esters from the Belgian yeast and the caramalt. This didn’t rate particularly well, but I’m really enjoying this from another Michigan brewery that I live.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Treyliff
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that has decent retention

S- peppery spicy belgian yeast gives some phenolic notes, as well as clove and banana. Undertones of caramel malt

T- bargain yeast follows the nose, but not as prevalent. Notes of spicy, peppery yeast, as well as clove and some phenolic notes. The finish gives light caramel malt and lingers of more peppery yeast

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- solid belgian pale with good drinkability

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark orange color with a bit of light beige foam. Aroma has toasted/nutty malt, brown sugar and some orange rind. Taste follows with the nutty malt and slightly astringent orange zest. Medium body with medium minus carbonation. Not bad but it's quite one-noted and dull.

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Photo of rmarquardt17
2.37/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grawp57
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A cloudy, straw colored amber; not my favorite. All I get is a little caramel aroma. Not that bad in taste, but hard to identify; more like a Tripel than an Amber. Fruity, but what fruit? Goes down pretty well, maybe a tiny bit thin. Despite all the negativity this is not a bad beer. It actually works if you remember it is not strictly an Amber.

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3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Higdon
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Wrigfen
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong Belgian yeast, clove, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and slight nutmeg. Does not fit the style of a Belgian Pale Ale, but as it states it is not trying to do that as a Brown. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong Belgian yeast, clove, sweet malt, hint of dough, slight caramel malt, hint of spicy hops, slight alcohol, and slight nutmeg. Overall, good appearance, the slight hoppiness cuts the spice and malt quite well.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fern22
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with no visible carbonation, topped with 4 fingers of muddy beige head.

Smells of bananas, cloves, Belgian phenols and caramel.

Tastes like bananas and cloves, caramel and deep notes of toffee, as well as a solid toasted amber bitterness. A combination of an American style amber ale and a Belgian white beer, or German weizen.

Medium body, almost chewy, with moderate to low carbonation.

Got this in Kunming at a local beer cafe, drinking it in Chiang Mai, June 3rd, 2017. Surprised at the ingenuity, and it works. Excited to find a lesser distributed beer from MI in Asia!

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Photo of Blackop555
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy Amber. Thick, short, off Whitehead that Fades fast.

Smells malt, East Funk, cloves, banana, hints of hops and brown sugar.

Tastes bready malt, banana, cloves, yeast Funk fading quickly to grassy hop flavor and a flicker of Amber ale. Dry finish with light grassy linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation. More Belgian in taste than Amber ale.

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Belgian Style Amber Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 474 ratings