Synesthaesia | Five Seasons North

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Five Seasons North
Georgia, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mikesgroove on 08-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque mahogany with a decent pale tan head. Aroma is rich, malty, spicy and slightly woody. Flavor is very strong and malty with caramel, nutty and woody hints and just a little bitter. Texture is livery, fizzy, tingly and edgy. Wickedly delightful!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, dark amber-brown body with a ½ inch of ivory-colored suds.

Smell: Nose-tingling zip of wormwood amongst some slightly sweet-scented, bready malts, touches of caramelized sugars, spice, and fruity esters.

Taste: Bready malts with a lightly sweet taste of caramel sauce. Very teeny tiny hint of roast. Fruity mixture of poached apricot and Medjool date fruitiness. Pinch of cinnamon. Sharply herbaceous nigh menthol taste from the woodworm. Earthy, leafy, slightly grassy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Finishes dry and malty with that herbal quality riding out well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Paired well with the pan-fried sweetbreads, sauteed spinach and artichoke hearts with a balsamic reduction. It's odd, in the span of a few months I went from having had zero beers with wormwood in it to a few. Move over coffee, cocoa nibs, raisin puree, and citrus fruit peels, it's woodworm's time to shine! Okay, maybe not. Still though, it was fun for a snifter or two provided you're down for wormwood in a beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Westside location, brought in from the North. I believe the ABV was somewhere between 9 and 10%.

Pours a brownish-bronze color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of earthy malts with good amounts of fruits - light raisins and pears. As it warms the fruit flavors gain some steam.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet and earthy malt flavors are joined by sugar-coated pears and mild raisin flavors. A bit of booze comes out right before a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer that is very good as it is but a few tweaks here and there could make it even better. Worth a shot.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful weekend in Atlanta led me to spend two days within waling distance of this fine pub. Getting to try everything they had was an adventure, but was easily accomplished. Consumed on 07/24/09 and 07/25/09. So what is this, they said it was brand new and billed as a Belgian Red? Hmm..

Appearance - Pours a very nice, reddish tinted brown color with a big head of light tan across the top. Elegant foamy lace folds in on itself and leaves a good bit of lacing all down the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma is very different and not at all what I was expecting. Deep caramel notes, hints of dark fruits, plums leading the way. A light spiciness now to it as well. Really well put together I have to say. As it warms it gets even deeper. Rich grains start to poke their head up and take notice. Huge notes of bready malts all over this one. A monster with a light nose of almost what came across as bourbon.

Taste - Rich flavor would be an understatement. This thing was a beast, truly a monster in its own right. Rich caramel coated the tongue in every which way. Dark Belgian yeast coming forward, grapes and prunes, hints of plums, a touch of some light grain and a wonderful sense of balance in it all. A bit boozy, perhaps but totally worth it.

Feel - Near full bodied and more then well carbonated, this was dead on. Smooth and never a dull or flat moment. I had no issue at all with this one.

Drinkability - A sipper for sure but a very good one. It started to weigh in a bit towards the end, but wow, it was impressive and very easy to sip on for a bit.

Overall - Very solid and worth every minute I spent on it. Something definitely unique about this one, I would love to go back and try it again, heres to hoping it is not a pure one off.

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Synesthaesia from Five Seasons North
4.21 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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