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:
#43,059
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
466
pDev:
15.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Farral
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle that’s still coated with sediment at the bottom after a full pour. Although the label uses a small font size for "Belgian Style", this has a clear and authentic Belgian aroma and flavor profile. High complexity and a dynamic series of flavors. Excellent mouthfeel with soft, medium+ carbonation in a near medium body. Fruity and lightly funky aroma. The slightly hazy amber body is topped with a durable and semi-creamy, bone-colored head.

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Photo of Stupedaso
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of bigleague
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of delta490
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy amber with a thin light tan head that has just a smidge of retention. The aroma is a little yeasty with a bit of malt. The taste is pretty anemic, with just dribs and drabs of malt. Nothing distinct or interesting. The body is also a little too thin.

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

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of EvTocz
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kkazemi
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brocktune
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopphead31415
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, it looks like beeradvocate doesn’t have every beer to review and since I can’t figure out how to add one, I’ll just post my Dark Horse Belgian Style Amber Ale review here on the Dark Horse Amber Ale page. This variety is 5.5% ABV and is just like the Belgian Style Amber Ale that I brewed at home a couple years ago, but the carbonation was more sensible in this Dark Horse variety.

Look-This one pours a cloudy copper tinged amber color that is really like mahogany and cedar with an orange tinge. It has no head even after a vigorous pour, but it leaves carbonation dominated fine lacing on the glass.

Smell-It smells of candied cherries, walnut, caramel, and spices.

Taste-This one tastes of chocolate covered cherries, toasted malts, caramel, and an ever so slight orange crème. The hops are minimized and full of fruity flavors that mix ambiguously with the various flavors of the malts.

Mouthfeel-It feels slightly sweet on the tongue and is medium-bodied. There is an oaky, sweet coating on the tongue which is complemented by some renegade fizz from the delayed release of the carbonation. The alcohol is mild and shows up towards the end and is perceived most clearly on the middle palate.

Overall-This is a really pleasant beer. To be honest, I thought it was going to be flat and overly sweet with a repulsive syrupy consistency and taste. But be rest assured that this beer is roasty and flavorful with a variety of malt-based flavors and an ever so delicate hop component. This one can be sipped on any time of the year! Cheers!

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Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MidwestBA
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcaputo99
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of KevChiTown
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Since I can't find the Belgian Style variant of this I'll just check into the regular. Belgian-Wit, smell, flavor but with an amber maltiness. All still very underwhelming. Average or less from a solid company. Disappointed.

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

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

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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 craftbrew502
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great tart taste smooth finish

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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