Blue Mountain Brewery

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #248
Ranked #24,213
3.82 | pDev: 11.78%
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 97 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Camjmorton:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice deep roasted chesnut brown with nice looking but quick to fade beige head atop.Alot of deep cherry and dried dark fruit in the nose,like a few others have noted I pick up a little lactic-like tartness,a little toffee and unsweetened chocolate round out the nose.Mildly sharp in the mouth at first but mellows after a few sips.Flavors of toffee and brown sugar that melds into alcohol dipped dark fruit and spiced phenols that seemed to linger in the finish.Not a bad beer but it's not great,I think maybe a fuller more mellow feel would help it out alot.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark mahogany with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like waxy hops and grassy Belgian yeast, with some biscuit and light earthy caramel.
T: It tasted like earthy roasted barley and burnt sugar, with some waxy hops and grassy Belgian yeast. It had a somewhat clean bitter and earthy aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of natural carbonation. Bubbly body.
D: This wasn't as good as I hoped. No real Christmas spices, more like an average dubbel. The body didn't seem right for the style either, and the finish was a little rough, so it wasn't super easy to drink. Not a high quality brew.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two days away from the drink before date. Just under the wire!

Nice profile on this one. A mix of sweet and spices. Consistent. Medium range of carbonation. Not too obnoxious on that end. Very easy drinker.

I like this one. Fits to style and is a nice production.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rapidsequence
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Neds.

Appearance: Pours a dark, slightly hazy red color that tends toward brown. Tight, finely bubbled head with good retention. Decent curtains of lace with each sip, but its not sticky like the best Belgians.

Smell: Its a very spicy smelling Belgian yeast, not unlike the Unibroue strain. Some dark fruit and a slightly bready malty aroma. Not a lot of depth, but not bad.

Taste: The flavor, like the smell is dominated by the spicy Belgian yeast. There is a lot more going on with the flavor though, with more layers of dark fruit esters and bready malt. It actually drinks like a much stronger, bigger beer.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is appropriately high, but not too much. Gives it a nice soft, creamy feel throughout.

Overall: Overall its a solid offering, but the price points on these new barrel house beers are going to keep me away unless one really blows me away. Especially considering that this is no better than the annual Trader Joe/Unibroue beer that sells for 3.99.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of obywan59
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle with a picture of a drunken reindeer passed out in a snowbank with all four legs in the air.

Medium-dark brown in color with gorgeous ruby highlights when held up to a light. A 3 finger tan head leaving moderate and quickly dissipating lacing.

Fruity esters give rise to some dark fruit aromas with a hint of cherry or grape. Sweet at first, but then predominately tart with the bitterness of roasted malt. Spicy yeast rounds out the Christmasy effect.

Lightly peppery and drying, yet thick and creamy with lightly warming attributes as well.

Very pleasant interpretion on the style, though the ABV is on the light side. A lot of BSD's can be over the top to my taste. This is an easy drinker, and I definitely like that grapey taste/aroma that pops up on occasion. While being moderately thick, the low ABV and relative lightness, for a Belgian, make it borderline sessionable.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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 drtth
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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 tigg924
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours 1 inch head, clear, dark brown, with medium high carbonation. Very smooth for a medium heavy bodied beer. Love the mouthfeel. This feels like a bigger beer than it is. Taste is dark bread, Belgian spices, light baker's chocolate, brown sugar, and stone fruit..figs and raisins. Love the complexity. This is probably my favorite beer from a brewery that I have grown to like. I will pick this up again.

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

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

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