Mythical White
Big Hole Brewing Company

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #359
Ranked #38,390
3.63 | pDev: 16.25%
Big Hole Brewing Company
Montana, United States
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Notes: A complex blend of Montana barley, wheat, Noble hops and spices. Crafted together for a rich , full bodied and intensely aromatic strong golden ale.
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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 73
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden amber color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades rather quickly, leaving a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a grainy and bready smell mixed with a little bit of a yeasty and citrus orange smell. Along with these aromas comes a little bit of a apple and pear smell as well as a hint of grass.

Taste – The taste begins with a mix of a sweeter fruity and caramel nature with some flavors of a more bready taste. The fruity flavors are mostly of a orange flavor, but contain other fruit flavors of peach and apricot as well. As the taste advances more grain comes to the tongue with the bready flavors dwindling ever so slightly. At the same time some grassy and herbal hop flavors come to the tongue along with a light yeasty taste. In the end, with the transitions that occur, one is left with a rather smooth, sweet and flavorful, but mild taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer on the slightly thinner side for a brew of 7 % abv with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the style the feel could have used a bit more body, but overall, the feel was alright.

Overall – A rather easy drinking grand cru with an easy drinking style that hides the abv. of 7 % rather well. For the rather modest price for a 6 pack of only ~ $6-7 this is a great flavorful and more robust but affordable and drinkable brew.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Flimsy little white head, no retention, no lacing. Golden color, crystal clarity. Not off to a great start.

S- Very perfume-y. Apricot, some liqueurs, apples and other light fruit. Kind of weird. Light, semi-alcoholic and tart smelling.

T- Sugary apricot flavor. Light and very perfume-y again. Really a weird Belgian pale ale. Not bad at all though.

M- sugary and alcoholic feel.

O- Weird beer, not like other Belgian strong ales I have had. Not bad, not exemplary.

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Photo of NWer
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a wine snifter.
Interesting how it poured a very anemic head in spite of my aggressive pour into the bottom of the glass. Cloudy pale in appearance with no head after 5 seconds.
Nice taste for the price. Not a top end taste but not a top end price either. A very good trade-off in my opinion worthy of the style.
A decent Belgian but at 7 avb not particularly strong however.

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Photo of brdc
2.06/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From notes.
Poured from a small capped bottle into a tulip.

Now I had this one one day after having their nice amber ale; the amber was well balanced and pleasant, unexpectedly, and then I expected this one to blow my socks off, and ended in the drain.
Hazy golden, short head with very poor retention; it certainly does not even look close to a belgian style.
The fruity aroma is somehow unpleasant, at times feeling like overripe fruits. I even wondered about the quality of the bottle, but a second one proved identical.
Medium to light bodied, too much alcohol flavor, sweet fruits poorly integrated with a tart note.
Very odd, unpleasant really.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With coriander listed, this seems more like a Witbier, but less wheaty.
Guess a "Grand Cru" can be anything really.

Murky orange when the yeast is poured in, a finger of foam. Odd fruity smell, bread dough and apricots.
A trace of citrus can also be discerned.

Tart fruit and earthy coriander, cookie dough, woody tree bark. Watery with a dry finish. This actually goes down pretty easily. Fairly juicy with some traces of wheat in the aftertaste. Not bad, not the greatest, but above average.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.77/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I grabbed this on my Yellowstone run and was just blown away with how good this beer is!

It pours a slightly cloudy medium-amber with a pant-load of head. The aroma is very fruity with some citrus and flower. The taste is a high-medium intensity of citrus and flowers with maybe a bit of honey that I found to be extraordinary, just fantastic! It is super easy to drink and finishes with a very sweet aftertaste, just liquid gold! I am so sad that I only pick up one bottle. I don't see them distributing in Iowa any time soon.

It's available at stores inside Yellowstone Park by the bottle or six-pack.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a cloudy yellow color. A 1/8 inch white head forms and leaves a nice lacing. Carbonation is readily visible.

The aroma was pleasant although not complex with some grassy notes combined with an orange-like sweetness. Coriander is definiteyl present.

The taste was okay with what seemed to be a cucumber flavor. Some bready, spice, and clove notes as well. Not real forceful though.

The mouthfeel is light bodied. There is a quick carbonation that leaves the mouth feeling a bit dry.

This is an okay beer with components that are good but need to be highlighted more. Worth a trial if you like belgian strong pale ales.

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Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color with a massive egg shell white frothy head.

Belgian yeast, a bit of coriander and orange peel, touch of whiskey.

Belgian taste with lots of wheat, some coriander and orange, clove and again just a hint of whiskey in it.

Feel is fine. Lots of carbonation if too cold. Mostly smooth.

Kind of a confusing brew. Not bad and kind of unique. Decent beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy pale yellow body with a huge carbonation supporting a huge snow white head for a bit.
S- The light fruit and apricot notes are clean but turn to a Palmolive dish soap aroma when warm. There is a hint of clove with a slight pepper note in the finish.
T- The soft tart lemon hint is followed by a softer dough note and a hint of clove and fusel alcohol faintness in the watery finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.
D- This beer is pretty light and the flavors that are there are very subtle and a bit dull.

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Photo of Brandt
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours out a clean clear pale staw color with a thick rocky white head

the smell of this brew is a yeast corriander and orange peel wit character with notes of over ripe banana as well as some spicy cinnamon and clove

the taste for this one is very wheat heavy with a peppery spice and clove, there is a certain dryness to it briefly and then it trails off with a estery phenolic taste.

this beer finishes with a med body and good mouthfeel. there is a dry spicy finish on the tongue after its gone. a really great wit style beer and very quenching

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice hazy yellow color. Very pale, just like you'd expect. The head is massive, well over an inch, but it all fits in the glass. it's white and fluffy, nice looking - leaves a little bit of lacing. The smell reminds me of a witbier, but a bit less offensive. There's a distinct sweet graininess, a bit of leaf and spice, maybe a touch of earthiness, a note of tartness. It gets a little mixed up, then a little lost, there's enough to keep you interested, but the smell isn't too exiting - the graininess takes the front. The taste is pretty nice. A nice wheaty graininess, a note of some herbal spiciness, maybe some clove, a hint of fruitiness, but no clear fruit winner, maybe kind of a pasty estery fruitiness. The taste really stays the strongest in those areas, the other aspects can rarely shine through. I actually find that the esters come on strong in the taste, though they're barely detectable in the smell. The body is nice, kind of light, heavier than usual (I guess it would be hard not to be at 7%), with a nice burst of carbonation. Still doesn't set itself apart too much. The ABV is a little high, but you wouldn't actually notice it until you get deep into it. Nice and fairly easy to drink, but not exactly the most enjoyable beer I've ever had. I don't know exactly what else to say, if you really like witbiers, give it a shot, but I don't know many people who really like them.

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Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clouded pasty yellow with a mountain of white cream on top.
Wheat is noted on the nose, but the emphasis is on coriander and orange. Especially orange, with some backing chamomile and rose petals.
It enters the mouth with a wheat, bready maltiness. Some lactic sourness creeps up, and suggests lemonaide or shandy. Over time, this grows even stronger. Spice notes are limited to pepper, but the orange rind comes through loudly, in a slightly sweet, candied sense, along with a whole lot of florality. A small bit of astringency at the close, with a minor burst of alcoholic heat.
The carbonation rushes out leaving a semi-flaccid liquid. Light bodied at first, then congealing into something slightly heavier.
This is not bad, though perhaps too lactic sour.

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Photo of storksonm
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint Glass

Nice huge head and a cloudy pale look to it. Its got the white down. Very nice smell much like any of the other whites ive had, except the smell I would like to attribute to spruce essence(my best guess). Nice and strong but light at the same time it has citrusy notes and light fruity esters. It deserves some good marks for sure. It was very smooth and a tid bit dry in the end. Easily drinkable and next time it will be drank by the six pack. mmm.

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Photo of Kevuas
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing terribly bad about this beer, but nothing terribly above average either. It's a drinkable beer, and frankly one of the only Belgian's in the Montana area you will come across. Big Sky has a nice Wit, but Big Hole has one of the only beers of this variety within a few towns.

I enjoyed it, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it in a Bozeman MT store, but compared to a lot of the East Coast goodness I am used to it was average.

Packs a good punch, however, and you will like this beer if you like Strong Ale's. I will not denigrate it, but I will say that it's most likely in the top third of Belgian Strong Pale Ale's I have had... and not too much above that.

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Photo of berley31
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with an average-sized, white head with spare lacing. Body was hazy and lightly cloudy, with a yellow color. Aroma was of light yeast, as well as strong orange and coriander notes. Nice on the palate - medium-bodied, yet mostly thin-texture, with soft carbonation. Odd flavor... like a mixture of a Belgian strong pale ale (average duration with yeastiness) and a witbier (orange and coriander, plus some spices). Doesn't taste like a 7% beer, so it goes down easy, but I'm not sure what they're going for works too well. I think I'd prefer to just have a Duvel or a Blanche de Chambly instead of trying to combine the two.

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Photo of dfillius
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Had this and loved it in 2004, this is the first time I've had it since.

A: Moderate pour yields 8 fingers of gushing rocky dense foam. I like head, but c'mon! :-( Label has beautiful artwork (moticed as I wait for foam to subside) Gentlest pour continues the intense foam. Hazy light yellow liquid. Head is just off-white with great retention ;-)
S: Citric sour smell - maybe lactic? Some clove-esque spice.
T: Spicy cinnamon, clove, Belgian flavor mixed with German Hefeweizen. Tasty, but not terribly complex.
M: No heat, a little thin, but hints of syrupy feel. Dry as well.
D: Good and sessiony despite alcohol, where is it? I'd have another and buy a six pack of it again.

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Photo of hreb
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into large glass mug. Beer pours a very pale clear yellow, with no head. Not much in the way of aroma. The first sip is sharly carbonated and immediately sweet.

The beer's primarly flavor is it's caramelly sweetness. There are just enough hops to balance out the beer without making it bitter.

Overall, a solidly enjoyable strong, sweet ale. Doesn't reveal even a hint of it's alcohol strength.

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Photo of drpimento
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Guess I could give 'em an "E" for effort. Neat idea that just doesn't seem to pan out for them. It's not bad, but kind of shallow and boring. Poured with a light head that mostly dissipates and no lace. Yellow color. Yeasty slightly spicy nose. A bit of citrus tang. No hint of the alcohol. Ok finish. No off flavors.

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Photo of TheBishop
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Even though billed as a belgium strong ale, it tastes nothing like it. As a matter of fact it tastes like no other belgium style, rather a combination of all of them, with an american twist.

Pours a golden straw color, head rather weak on first bottle, but second was about 2 fingers. Has a creamy taste almost of a tripel, but not quite, notes of orange and carmel. Finishes dry but pleasant. Alcohol was not prevalent, just the right balance in my opinion. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, but not unpleasantly so.

All in all a good White/Strong Ale/Tripel - unique and definitely worth a second try.

I found this beer is at it's best at around 45 degrees F, then it really starts to perform

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into no real lacing. The aroma is of leather, yeast, barnyard and tangerine. The taste is like the aroma but with a strong dirty flavor. The mouthfeel is thin and watery. Overall, this is a tough beer to drink. I will not be buying this again.

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Photo of KeefD
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy golden yellow color with fine particulates floating around, with next to nothing for foam and little lacing. Smell is a little yeasty and sweet. Taste is of some malted wheat, clove, banana, hints of orange and lots of water. Mouthfeel is slightly crisp, average carbonation, and medium bodied. I've had a lot better witbiers than this one. Not sure how this one got labeled as a BSPA, since it's nowhere near that style, but I would pass on this if I saw it again.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

06/20/08- Had on my two week Montana vacation.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Large overflowing spritzy head which fades super quickly leaving ultra light lace traces.

Smell- Corriander, apples, apricots and powdered sugar. Seems a bit too sugary in the nose.

Taste- Sugar level in fine in the flavor with a Witbier like flavor. Lots of corriander and yeast involved here.

Mouthfeel- Higher carabonation level with a sugary mouthcoating.

Drinkability- This is a wit all the way..and a decent job for an american made one.

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Photo of zeff80
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes from early Feb.

A - Poured out a cloudy orange/amber color with a one-finger, bubbly, white head. No lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, yeast, spices and a little caramel malt.

T - It tasted spicy, yeasty and a little chalky. It was odd.

M - It was crisp and bubbly. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Just an odd taste brings this one down. It might be worth another shot, just out of curiousity.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dusty haystack gold with innumerable uprushing bubbles. I have no problem with brewers using the 'Methode Champenoise' for carbonation, as long as it doesn't get out of control. After all, this is still beer, not Dom Perignon. The airy, rocky, blown styrofoam-like head is pretty typical when there are this many bubbles present. No more than a few strands of sudsy lace stick.

The nose is tart and fruity, with a hint of Belgian spicy yeastiness. So far, this Big Hole offering doesn't follow the standard BSPA blueprint... which the brewer freely admits. Neither orange peel nor chamomile are noted. Coriander? Maybe a little.

Mythical White Grand Reserve is supposed to be 'its own style'. The stated intent was to brew a beer with 'the spices of a white ale, the strength of a tripel, the fruitiness of a Belgian red ale and the tartness of a lambic'. Let's see how well they've succeeded.

Success isn't the first word that comes to mind. To be fair, neither is failure. The Belgian pale malt is on the skimpy side and doesn't provide much sweetness as a result. Some amount of candi sugar might have helped. Mildly tart and bitter (especially on the finish) are most prominent.

I might be able to pick out the bitter orange peel and the coriander, but could never have come up with those ingredients without being aware of their presence. Forget Flanders Red, forget tripel and forget lambic. Mythical White tastes like a combination witbier and Berliner weissbier.

The various flavors tend to clash rather than mesh. Brewing outside the box is all well and good, but styles exist because certain ingredients tend to work well when combined. Either these particular ingredients were ill-chosen or the brewer wasn't skilled enough to pull off a brew that uses them.

Even though it isn't horribly fizzy, the mouthfeel is still too bubbled. Unfortunately, those bubbles don't volumize the beer like they do in the best Belgian ales, they just sit on the tongue and sizzle. The lack of malt sugars results in a lighter than desired body.

Mythical White Grand Reserve is an experiment that, in my humble opinion, doesn't work as intended. I still like to see a brewery take chances and I still have hopes that my bottle of Diablo Dark Ale will be at least semi-mythical. Okay, so I'm an optimist.

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Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I beer I felt required (and well earned) as much thought and consideration as the Big Hole Mythical White. It had taken me awhile to formulate exactly what I think and discover exactly where the true character of this beer lies.
Pours an impressive head, over-floweth, consistent with the Belgian style. A phenominal appearence which darkens when held up to the light. A bold aroma which has tremendously grown on me over the course of the tasting. There is a faint (very faint) sensation of alcohol in both the smell and taste. The flavour is rather dry, almost tart. An interesting flavour, the combination of wit and strong Belgian pale works in my opinion. However it seems to cheat both of those styles a little. This fusion doesnt really allow the characteristic of their natures to fully come out... But an interesting treat I would like to try again.

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Mythical White from Big Hole Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 73 ratings