Temple Soba Ale | Temple Brewing Company

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Temple Brewing Company

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brendan13 on 04-12-2010

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by heygeebee:
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3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Al Dente (from fridged stock)

Pours a hazy pale amber, head stays nicely. Lovely clingy lace

Aromas are muted, earthy.

Taste is also driven by earthy flavours, in addition to standard more floral/grassy notes.. There is an unwelcome dull/stale note that suggests either a brewing fault, or something else unwelcome.

Mouthfeel medium bodies, carbonation quite high.

It presents overall as a sessionable ale, however, the dullness gets in the way. I do not kow what soba tastes like so cannot comment if it is indeed an ale that just tastes of soba. Jury out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mungus
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Possibly an increasing rarity with the current state of Temple, but I had a bottle in my fridge and decided to open it. Purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Bottle conditioned, or at least unfiltered.

Pours a pleasant deep golden colour, with great clarity. Carbonation is fine and languorous although the body is quite light. Head is a frothy white, forming a solid persistent ring pocked with bubbles. Lacing is streaky and slightly sudsy. Looks good.

Nose is interesting: some pepper, some slight banana characters and a slight earthy hoppiness all combine to fall somewhere between hefeweizen, Belgian pale and German pils. Definitely a fruitiness comes through, but it's shot with that spicy, white pepper character. It's really very pleasant.

Taste is also interesting, and strange. Clean, slightly fruity, peppery entry picks up some stranger estery tones soon after leaving a leafy, tropical flavour mid-palate. Clean, brisk hop bitterness and a light body suggests the pilsner idea again, while a faint overtone of rosewater and berries gives it that jagged wayward edge again.

Feel is crisp and light. Very pleasant.

It's a very strange beer, this one. Actually, on the surface it could be mistaken for a rather light, forgettable, drinkable beer. But the undertones and overtones and weird harmonies hidden behind its façade are very unusual, and the fact that it manages to contain these within such a drinkable package is something to be applauded.

Here's hoping Temple come back soon.

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Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden honey hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and a rim of lacing,the smell is nuts with honey,a touch of herbalness and soy,the mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied which coats the mouth nicely and has tastes of creamy chestnuts,herbal earthy hops,a slight grassiness and finished with a touch of citrus and overall its nice i like it,the soba really makes the mouthfeel quite well rounded and would drink again.

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Photo of brendan13
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy light orange colour with 2cm of off white head thats falls pretty quickly.
S - A herbal, earthy @ vauge nutty aroma with light pale malt hints.
T - Much like the smell; herbal, earthy and nutty. Touch more light malt sweetness.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied. Highish carbonation.
D - A nice & interesting beer that is worth trying. I was skeptical at first but I would drink it again.

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Temple Soba Ale from Temple Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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