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Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jgreenearrow on 06-21-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
366
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
25%
 
 
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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 366
Reviews by laituegonflable:
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3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at a random Indian grocery/spice shop in the East Village. Muled back to Oz and shared.

Pours a deep red colour, a bit cloudy. Great off-white head that sinks a bit too quickly, but nice lace curtain left behind. Looks nice.

Smells a little funky at first, with a note of cheese even. Big cranberry tartness, with washed-rind, horse blanket and a savoury oak note that's also very prominent. Funky, oaky, not much else, but who'd want more?

Taste is more funk but also more malt. Quite a sweetness upfront with brown sugar and a touch of peanuts; develops bold, funky notes midway, with a touch of that washed-rind cheese, but then finish is all bourbon oak with vanilla and a touch of coconut. Could use a bit more on the Belgian front, as that bourbon really takes over midway. Not a bad thing, but I feel this beer would have had more to offer if not so oak-soaked.

Full, but rounded. A bit foamy in the mouth and a good finish. Wonderful.

Nice introduction to Virginian beer. Lots of character, but with a good, steady hand on the whacky factor. I feel like if this were even a couple of % ABV bigger it would be an absolute knock-out, as the main issue here is the oak is slightly too dominant. But if all Virginian brews are like this, I look forward to more.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sticks and Stones.Poured into a stemmed glass a slight hazed deep auburn color with a fluffy white head that lasted for quite awhile.Carmael and dark fruit stood out most in the nose with mild phenols and vanilla detected as well.Somewaht sweet upfront with caramel and vanilla flavors with lighter than expected spiced phenols coming into play with a decent drying toasted oak flavors lingering in the finish.The barrel doesn't play a huge role in this either does the phenols,maybe a slightly tame version of the style,still not bad.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitzer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tigg924
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy, gold, with 1/4 inch head and high carbonation. Taste is very interesting. There is a good deal of oak, plus fruitiness. I get cherries, plums, perhaps some apricot and slight bittering hops.. Very tasty combination. Happy I picked this up. One of the better offerings from the brewery so far.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of mkrass
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Jackalope1977
2.53/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mrw1zard
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of dmk91
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of chinchill
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%

large shared bottle.
Hazy reddish-amber with a good head.
Smells like a sour. The taste follow to some extent. Odd, barrel-aged wild ale. Neither especially challenging nor appealing.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml cork-and-cage bottle into a Belgian tulip glass after the bottle sat on the counter for a few minutes to warm just a tad. Pours a dark gold to light Amber color with little to no haziness. One inch head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing at all. Smell is small. So damp grassy aroma, maybe a sliiiiight touch of woody/oaky character, but not bourbon. Taste is pretty much the same. Damp leaves, a touch of Belgian yeast character, and just the slightest touch of bourbon, so little I probably wouldn't have noticed it, had the bottle not directly said it was aged. Feel is good, though, but not exciting. Medium body, slight warmth (not expected from just over 7% abv), and not too carbonated. Overall, pretty disappointed, but Blue Mountain (for me, at least) had been one disappointment after another. This is underwhelming with muddled flavors and nothing that sticks out in any good way. It won't be going down the drain, but it definitely won't be bought again.

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Photo of HopAttack3
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of tastybeer
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A rather nice looking beer in general. Big fluffy head, reddish copper color, and mostly clear. Good retention and fun shifting lace.

S: Smell is surprisingly subtle. A lot of bright fruitiness, flowers, and spice over a pile of smooth caramel-bread malt. Orange and lemon peel with complimentary pepper an other spices.

T: Syrupy malt, grassy hops, fruit and spice. Interesting flavors. Not really any bourbon barrel but vanilla is apparent.

M: Dry and chalky yet wet and syrupy.

O: Interesting beer. It seems like an unplanned beer. That is a beer that came out differently than expected but you still like it. It pretty good but seems unrefined.

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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BrittQ
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blue Mountain Barrel House "Local Species"
25.4 oz. brown glass bottle, corked & caged. "Best By: NOV 2015"
$9.99 @ Cost Plus World Market, Arlington, VA

Appearance: Hazy amber body beneath a full head of creamy off-white that holds well and leaves some pretty nice solid sheets of lace around the glass.

Aroma: Oak, caramelish malt, non-descript spice. It's not particularly bright, but it's clean and welcoming.

Flavor: Oak, non-descript spice, brown sugar, light golden caramel, Bourbon, grass, mint, clove, apple, soft green banana. Delicately bitter, but dry in the finish with a swirl of spiciness that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very fine, median carbonation that gently bristles the tongue.

Overall: Not particularly Belgian, nor particularly Bourbon-barrel, it combines the two in a really nice way. It's relaxing, if that can be; perhaps because you're almost forced to treat it as a sipping beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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