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:
#43,056
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
466
pDev:
15.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Samputnam14
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mlockman
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All right, I think the important thing to note about this beer is that it is a BELGIAN-STYLE amber ale, and will thus taste differently than perhaps most folks are expecting. The low score here makes sense if it's being rated as a straight, run-of-the-mill American amber ale, as the flavor would be necessarily off. As a BELGIAN-STYLE amber ale, however, it's flavor is spot on; aside from the darker maltiness of the brew, the flavor is all banana-y Belgian yeast. Personally, I LOVE Dark Horse's Belgian-style beers and think that both this and Sapient Trip should be held in much higher regard as delicious examples of their respective styles.

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

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, fizzy / creamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A kind of underwhelming aroma of hops, caramel, malt, and some fruity elements.

T: Tasted of light malt notes, caramel, a hint of yeast, grassy hops, a biscuit-like quality, some fruit (banana), and spices. The flavor is a bit thin all around, with the biscuit element and grassy hops taking center stage. Not overly appealing on the whole.

F: A hugely carbonated beer with a lively, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer has its good qualities (the look and feel), its flavor fails for the most part. Could have been better.

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Photo of spencermacko
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of averydyer99
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of red94tt
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nctide
4.29/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akk14
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Great beer, a lot going on here. Amazing head, with nice lacing. Bread notes, great hop notes dark roast note and even a small splash reminder of IPA. What a great over looked beer. Should have a better score. Maybe most people don't understand it.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BlueShepard19
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
4.06/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOD 10/30/15. Pours a cloudy amber. Normal head volume, below average retention and no lacing.

Good nose of light toasted bready malt with hints of slightly sweet fruit (banana, pear).

Light medium body that has a touch of creaminess to its otherwise smooth texture. Normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a stronger finish.

The flavor profile is tasty and very good, though atypical for even a Belgian amber. Intensity is reasonable, balance is outstanding and complexity quite good. Flavor arrives in a blend then separates in the middle. Initially there is a wave of fruit, a touch of spice and a toasted/nutty aspect. The middle has just enough bitterness to notice and has a subtle sweetness. As this bitterness trails off, separation occurs and banana, pear and a touch of clove emerge over a bready slightly nutty base. The finish is a slow fade of the previous flavors that becomes slightly phenolic.

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Photo of JohnBradSC
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of carlborch
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, amber brown with a slight haze. The head is tan and creamy at 1 inch, but dissipates swiftly. Yeasty nose, combined with suggestions of dark, dried, figs and raisins as well as candy sugar. Medium-full body with gentle carbonation. Nice lingering with suggestions of candied almonds, malt and yeast. Hints of sour. Definitely moreish. Would expect more malt and higher carbonation as it is labeled as a dubbel. I would, however, reach for it again.

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

Photo of wander4
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a medium body.

Overall: This beer has a sweet malt and slight fruit aroma. The flavor is decent. It has a sweet taste with hints roasted malts and bread. Good amber ale with a Belgian touch.

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Photo of madelf66
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian Style Amber Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 466 ratings