Belgian Style Amber Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Belgian Style Amber AleBelgian Style Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A three finger light tan head is presented, kind of foamy and little retention, but settles to a slow one finger sized puck. Body color is a dull orange amber, hints of peach colored like red but a bit cloudy.

Herbal mild hop scent and a spritzy carbonated orange soda sense seems to come off the nose. Wet. Soda sweet candy orange. Different, a bit unexpected, but not too bad.

Bit of a thin mouthfeel and borderline wet. Not much malt backbone or body to this, and much of an orange soda borederline Tang tasting comes out. Drinkable. If there was more carbonation to this, and there isn't it seems quite flat it would probably be worse coming off with more of a seltzery soda tinge to it.

Overall, it's not offensive but there are much better ambers out there and that I would have over this one.

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look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Howler poured into standard tumbler pint glass. Filled this morning.

A - Pours a hazy auburn color. What little head there was, dies almost instantly. No lacing. I'm not sure if this is the fault of the fill, the pour, or the beer but it looks subpar.

S - Smells of caramel and grains. Slightly spicy with a mild pine hop presence. There is also an odd sweetness about it, reminiscent of a Belgian style.

T - Brown sugar and caramel sweetness up front. Dark fruits, pear, and apple contribute the belgian character I picked up in the nose. Hops and bitterness are at a minimum. Nothing off-putting, but not my favorite.

M - Lack of carbonation consistent with the appearance. Medium bodied.

O - I have really enjoyed all of the beers I have tried from Dark Horse thus far, but this was a miss for me. It drinks like a Belgian amber ale, but never fully commits to that style. Lack of carbonation may have to do with the growler pour or the handling, but I am rating to the way I experienced it. This isn't one I will get again, but doesn't really hurt my opinion of Dark Horse.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Silky amber color was topped by a thin wispy head that dissipated quickly but left good lacing.

The scent was thin as well but there was a nice grain, burnt malt aroma that made it worth sniffing for a while.

The taste was so unusual for an amber that it made it interesting at every every sip. I immediately caught licorice and then a little clove. Grain and malt with some Smokey char appeared but then clove took over again. Not a clove fan but it synced well with the light malt flavor. The feel was nice and smooth.

Overall, this was quite an experience, different, unexpected and unique but not quite the amber experience I wanted.

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Belgian Style Amber Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 463 ratings
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