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Blitzen | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by rapidsequence on 11-05-2012

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 78
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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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 tigg924
4.29/5  rDev +10%
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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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2013 vintage, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, extremely deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with reddish highlights, and topped with two and a half fingers of white-colored head that slowly dissolved into a half of a finger lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with nice aromas of bready, toasted malt, as well as spices of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and all-spice imparting notes of freshly baked gingerbread cookies. There are also notes of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, apricots, figs and currents, as well as aromas of candied sugar and a touch of dark chocolate.

Taste: Very nice. Lots of bready, toasted malt as well as spices of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and all-spice up front, followed by the dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, apricots, figs and currents, as well as flavors of candied sugar and a touch of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very, very smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a really nice beer. Unfortunately, this particular bottle is a little past its time, so I think that some of the spices and more bold flavors have faded, but it’s still a very tasty beer, with some complex, deep flavors. I need to try one next year in its prime.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of DebDorn55
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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 avisong
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ErikaBockDopples
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Awesome, truly Belgian tasting beer!!

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Photo of rvajohn
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kbuzz
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zp6167a
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wollefdoogylloj
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Goldndomer
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of obywan59
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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 JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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Blitzen from Blue Mountain Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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