Blitzen | Blue Mountain Brewery

BlitzenBlitzen
BA SCORE
62.5%
Liked This Beer
3.76 w/ 88 ratings
BlitzenBlitzen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States
bluemountainbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rapidsequence on 11-05-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,382
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
88
Liked:
55
Avg:
3.76/5
pDev:
12.23%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of drtth
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The first 12 oz. of this beer pour out into a Duvel glass a dark reddish mahogany color with a 1 1/2" creamy light tan head that recedes slowly, leaving a pattern of large legs and patches of lacing. Eventually there's a thin layer of foam on the liquid and even mid-way through the beer there's still a ring and a thin island of foam. Sipping leaves some small scattered patches of lacing on the side.

The aromas include some spice from the yeast, a bit of dark caramel or toffee, and some dark fruits.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some dark caramel sweetness and the dark fruits (some plum, some cherry and a bit of fig) up front. The spiciness from the yeast creates a background for the other flavors and there is a light touch of earthy hop bitterness underlying everything else.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost silky smooth with the very light carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the dark caramel sweetness begins to fade, taking the dark fruits along with it, leaving the final ending to a light dryness and some noticeable earthy hop bitterness that hangs around the back of the palate for a while before it disappears, leaving the dryness to fade on its own.

Overall I'd say this is a well made beer. While it isn't the best Belgian style Christmas beer I've tried, it is respectable and pleasant to drink. That said it won’t displace the Corsondonk Christmas Ale from my winter seasonal shopping list.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBorsato
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of corneliustoad
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MidloRapid
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From Cervezalandia. At JJ's house. Shared in wine glasses. Very foamy but doesnt feel overcarbonated but smooth and light. Not bad but dull and with a bit of acidity

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Photo of Riff
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head about a finger thick with large bubbles. Smells of cracker, cinnamon, and candied fruits. Tastes of cloves, cinnamon, a little cracker, raisins, and a little brown sugar flavor. Nice mouth feel, feels reminiscent of a stout. This is certainly an interesting beer and goes down quite nicely. Not something I'd drink all the time but it makes for a nice holiday beer.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the slightly old bottle, it pours brown with a moderate tan head. The nose detects holiday spices and malt. The mouth is struck by the sweetness with the spice background. It lasts reasonably well.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of delta490
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clear brown with a short lasting light tan head. A little head hangs on and leaves no lacing. The aroma is malty sweetness and spiced. The taste is close to that but there is an additional tang to it initially that fades as it opens up. The body is medium weight with just a little carbonation.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dirtyhands
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review of 2012 Blitzen drank in 2016.

Flavors have meshed together very well, no sharp edges whatsoever. A two-dimensional caramel flavor that seems to flow equally with pomme fruit notes of cranberry and apple. Hints of spice and walnut make an appearance only to fade too soon.

Cork said best by MAY 2013, I'd have to agree with that assessment.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brown body with one finger head and minimal lace. Caramel/toffee malt aroma strikes me at first, then some dark fruits and possible candi sugary aromas. Caramel/toffee sweetness is first thing to hit me in taste department, just like first to hit my nose in aroma department, in this medium bodied slightly chewy/bready body. Some dark fruits like, especially figs and black cherry, seem to come out at times with bits of yeast/candi sugar aspects but this is rather muted when compared to sweetness. A little off and sweeter than I would like but it's a good beer with a little bit of booze on finish.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a ruby-tinted, dark caramel coloring, but fairly translucent, with an uneven, foamy head that settles out to nothing very quickly. Aromas of rich candi sugar, heavily roasted caramel, cloves and cinnamon, and a subtle biscuit and bread backbone. Flavors are heavily roasted caramel forward, with an almost charred characteristic, and a solid backbone of apple, hints of cherry, and some date and pl notes. The body is oily, slick, and surprisingly light. Roasted and richly sweet aftertaste, with a blend of apple, cherry, and caramel. The finish is slick and light, with a heavily roasted linger. This one started off strong, but just came across a little light for me.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma has some spicy yeast, dark sugar and some dark, tart fruits. Taste starts slightly tart and fruity, a bit of sugar but not really sweet and finishes dry and spicy. Body is highly effervescent, medium and quite dry on the aftertaste. Not bad but it isn't really my style of beer.

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Photo of zp6167a
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcmchew
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Quafftastic
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kbuzz
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Blitzen from Blue Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 62.5% out of 100 with 88 ratings
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