Belgian Red Ale
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Style:
Pale Ale - Belgian
ABV:
4.9%
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Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 5.18%
Reviews:
4
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6
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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
 
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phantomwyse from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap this past weekend at KoP,

A: Red iced tea body with a fairly decent pure white head. Head retention turned slightly silky and left moderate lacing.

S: Lightly fruity with some bananas and apples. Malt profile is solid, hints of caramel and roasted malts. Ends with mild floral presence.

T: Very similar to the aroma. There's an early fruitiness that segues into the strong malt foundation with plenty of sweetness. At the end, there are traces of floral hops.

M: Medium bodied, just borderline slick.

D: A decent beer, maybe a bit below standard for Rock Bottom, but still not a bad stab at the style.

Mar 10, 2009
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub on 3/1/09. Into an oversized mug.

Pours a clear coppery amber with with a finger or so of soft brite-white head. Retains with a thin creamy covering that leaves some solid swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is fruity, floral, and spicy with underlying sweet notes of candied sugar and dough. Fruit and yeasty really pop in the nose.

The taste is very similar, being fruity tasting with caramel sweetness and candied notes. Sourdough bread character and a yeasty feel also permeate the profile. A dry floral feel lingers past the finish as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly sprightly carbonation but the flavors have a thickness to them that gives this body a bit more heft than you would think a 4.9% beer would have.

While this wasn't quite as gentle on the palette as I would have suspected, the overall profile definitely offered a solid mix of flavors. I just wish that it had gone down a little easier. While one mug was more than enough, it's still nice to see them exploring more Belgian styles here.

Mar 06, 2009
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep orange bordering a copper toned amber with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of spicy, fruity esters with light caramel, mild grain, toffee notes, and glazed challah bread.
Taste is of spicy, acidic sourdough bread with flavors of freshly baked fruitcake...perhaps a mild note of toasted nuts and cocoa are found deep in the background as it warms.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, doughy, & spicy along the palate with mild hops and Belgian yeast esters blending well together.

Feb 26, 2009
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the KoP location.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy amber color wtih a small sized off white head. Aromas of fruitiness, roast, some and some chocoalte. Tastes of the same fruitiness (notably bananas), lighter roast, caramel, and some light spices in the end. Lively body.

Notes from and tasted on: 2/22/09

Feb 23, 2009
Belgian Red Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 6 ratings