B-Sides Brewing: Gigantic La Formidable | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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3.89/5
Very Good
77 Ratings
B-Sides Brewing: Gigantic La FormidableB-Sides Brewing: Gigantic La Formidable
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
beaus.ca

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by SebD on 02-24-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,263
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
77
pDev:
7.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by peensteen:
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3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of talbotjf99
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BGDrock
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: gold/orange body, veering towards amber, hazy; dense head like frothed egg whites, great retention and sticky

Aroma: beautiful, floral hops, lavender, honey, bubblegum; a hint of bitter resin in the background; exotic fruit, pineapple

Taste & Mouthfeel: role reversal vs the aroma, with bitter, pine hops coming to the fore and lasting all through the lingering finish, while soft pollen and floral notes are just barely noticeable but adding an interesting, unique dimension; grapefruit in the hops; medium body, feels full and easy on the palate, medium carbonation

Overall: pretty good for the style, would be even better if the influence of the yeast was greater, and more malt backbone

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Photo of MJ63
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bugs318
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yeast presence overpowers hops on nose, but on palate, decent citrus finish works alongside ample carbonation and medium body.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LanceH
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mademers
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of al_al1357
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for near the $7.00 mark for a 600ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that lasts. Medium to dark gold color and filtered clear

S- Oodles of hops here. A blend of them. You get your C hops here and some Belgium/European hops together.

T- Nice hop blend. This one is nice. It has that C bite with the creaminess of the European style of IPA. That grapefruit from the C hop blend just blends well with the more acidic European hop

M- Dry and good

O- Very good beer. Will be buying again. Price point brings this rating down so it would improve if they moved to a can. IPA's don't sit anyway.

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with...... Heavily Panko coated marlin steak!

Enjoy

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Photo of StormAles
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter hoppy notes with light fruity ester with some residual sugar notes perceptible. Taste is dominated by aggressive bitter hops notes with some fruity ester and light residual sugar notes. Body is full enough with good carbonation. Enjoyable but I would have preferred more focus on the yeast strain and floral hops side than the aggressive bitter hop attack.

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Photo of Supergenou
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ikidunot
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerguyjoe
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SebD
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian Yeast, citrus/lemon, light grass, pepper and faint cloves.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast, citrus/lemon, a grassy bitterness, pepper and light cloves.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L:Orange body, some yeast chunks, otherwise clear, some white foam, nice lacing

A: Prominent Belgian yest aroma: fruity esters, some phenols. Underlying American grapefruit hop aroma. The sweet Belgian? malts further accentuate the fruitiness.

T: The American hops are dominant. Bitterness is bold and broad, but not tongue numbing. There is some balancing sweetness from the malts especially when the beer gets warmer. The fruitiness plays with the sweetness. The beer ends bitter but also phenolic.

F: Good body to it. Nicely integrated fine carbonation

O: I bought this because I liked the packaging and I didn't expect too much reading the other reviews. I am really surprised, how good it is. This beer is a perfect example of an American style Belgian IPA, thus incorporating an English style idea, using Belgian yeast and American hops. It is not my favourite style, but I have to say that this beer shows how it can work really well. The fruity esters from the yeast and the sweetness of the malts tame the bitterness nicely. The phenols add to the classic IPA bitterness

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Photo of Mousel
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; bottled March 12 2015 and served slightly chilled. Glad to see Beau's doing some interesting things with their B-Side label - the more American beer on local shelves, the better.

This one pours a hazy orange-amber colour, producing one finger of dense, off-white coloured head that slowly seeps away over the next five minutes or so. In its wake, a thin, bubbly film remains at the surface, along with a scant collar and some modest lacing. Interesting aroma - the malts seem a bit doughy and biscuity, but these are relegated to a purely supporting role. Rather, it is a combination of hoppy and yeasty notes that dominate the nose - citrusy orange and lemon pith, mango, and banana provide an interesting melange, along with some floral notes and spicy hints of clove and white pepper.

Flavour follows the nose relatively closely. The malts are subdued, offering up some toasted bread and caramelized sugar notes, which are easily overpowered by the oncoming wave of hops. Lemon zest, grapefruit pith and orange peel are all easily accounted for; there are also touches of banana, apricot and mango, with the hop bitterness being ratcheted up as you approach the finish. Grassy, pithy, and floral - the American hop strains provide a nice contrast to the accompanying spicy notes of pepper and clove, courtesy of the Belgian yeast. The aftertaste leaves a lingering, floral bitter taste behind on the palate, alongside a quickly-fading citrusy sweetness. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that provide a relatively crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Quite well-made, and pretty easy to knock back (for the style).

Final Grade: 4.16, an A-. La Formidable is well worth the price of admission, providing a tasty blend of Pacific hop flavours and Belgian yeast nuances that - with their powers combined - result in a highly successful, Voltron-esque fusion of disparate beer styles. I am really hoping that Beau's uses this promising side label to pursue further collaborations with international brewers - because if this bottle is any indication, the whole can be much more than the sum of its parts. Excellent stuff; I'll definitely be procuring a few more bottles before this batch has been been cleared off the shelves.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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B-Sides Brewing: Gigantic La Formidable from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 77 ratings