Belafonte | COAST Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fruity and spicy with a nice Belgian yeast zing. With 40% wheat, it's like a Witte meets a BPA meets a saison. Highly Hopped to boot! Incredibly refreshing and drinkable. Tribute to the ship in Life Aquatic. We love Bill Murray. Here he is looking into our grundy tank (not really).

Added by mikesgroove on 05-04-2010

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to huntermop for the extra!

A- Very nice hazy golden body with lots of transparency and a hint of amber. Frothy bone white head that settles quickly, but leaves a thin head throughout.

S- Belgian yeast, hoppy citrus notes, some spicy pepper notes, hints of herbal grass.

T- Very big Belgian yeast presence. Huge notes of peppery yeast, finish is very hoppy with lots of herbal qualities along with some citrus and fresh grass. Slight fruity notes throughout, similar to some tripel flavors.

M- Bubbly, frothy, medium-high carbonation, medium body. Some carbonation tingle throughout.

O- Huge on flavor, big body for a BPA. I get qualities of a BPA, a saison and a tripel. Well done.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

@The source!

A - pours a slightly fast glowing golden color with a small dense white head, OK retention very nice lacing as you should come to expect from any coast brew.

S - Tons if sweet cloves and malt. Banana light grassyish hops. Simple, strong, but not overwhelming.

T - has to be the best Belgian pale I've had. I am admittedly not a Belgian fan but I really enjoy this. Lots of spices, cloves, banana up front. Basically the yeast shines first and then the grassy hops come into play and leave a slightly bitter flavor on my palate. Sweet malts at the finish and the aftertaste is a combination of all with an emphasis on the spiced cloves.

M - mediumish bodied perfectly carbonated with good drinkability

O - favorite Belgian pale

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

@ Coleman Public House

Hazy golden-orange with a small creamy head. Fresh grain, honey, herbs, peppery spice, and a nice pale maltiness. Lots of spicy Belgian yeast in the flavor along with a citrus peel bitterness, light fruity sweetness, yellow cake malts, and herbal hops. Dry, crisp, and very flavorful. Well done...I enjoyed it enough to have a couple with dinner.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy gold body topped with a fairly modest white head that makes up in sticky lace what it lacks in sheer size.

Very fresh nose that seems to suggest dry-hopping among other things. Plentiful grain, clove and white pepper aromas. Belafonte surprises with a bold husky and toasty malt bill that darn near outshines the spices and hops. Fresh and grainy with a bit of wet hay funk. On the thickish side of medium yet very lively. A unique take on the style that stands out from the crowd.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from the mighty Green's Piney Grove! Super fresh, the keg landed and we were drinking it the same week.

A. Typical unfiltered Coast ugly - hazy soft gold, low white head that dies quick, only bits of lace. I feel like this was lacy-er last year. Oh well, onward!

S. Summer spice. Clove, gentle pepper, lemon, potpurri (the nice kind, not the nasty stuff your Grandma kept in her bathroom) pear and crisp, dried out pale malt. I am going to be misunderstood if I say I get men's cologne, so I won't. But I do. Extremely fresh smelling, crisp and dry and oh-so inviting...

T. Yes! Yes! Coast done did it again! This is a crisp-dry delight, moderately spicy, but still wet, quenching, tight and harmonious. There is not a single aspect of this flavor that does not work, from the white pear esters to the mild pepper and yeasty phenolics, the reserved, but gently insistent sweetness, and the kiss of bittering hops. This recipe is superb. Don't change a thing! (except maybe filter it next time...)

M / O. A fine long finish, spicy-sweet, with those hops again that won't go away. Crisp doesn't begin to describe this. Fades out fully. You can put this away amazingly easily... I can hardly think of a better hot-day in Charleston Summer brew. Would go well with just about any lighter food.

Oh glorious Belafonte! Surely this is a ship that all should sail on at least once - a sun-striving, joyful journey into sheer deliciousness and drinkability!

I do not exaggerate when I say that this is one of Coast's absolute best offerings. Get it and love it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Lodge in Hilton Head, SC on 6/29/10

A - Pours a hazy pale gold with a creamy white head. Excellent lacing and retention.
S - Light aromas of pears, lemon zest, wheat and bubblegum.
T - A wonderful summer medley of fresh-baked wheat bread, lemon zest, cloves, and banana. Smells fresh and clean, like laundry drying in the sun.
M - Creamy with a medium body and lovely, crisp carbonation.
D - Amazingly drinkable, almost a perfect summer beer. Major kudos to COAST for attempting a style that seems unusual for them, and pulling it off flawlessly!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler into a Duvel tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a one finger pure white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bananas, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, slight alcohol and hops. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew. To be honest, I sat on this growler for quite awhile so it was not fresh, but it was still quite good despite this fact. I can only imagine what it is like fresh off the tap... Very nice for its style regardless. Nice job COAST!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Green's in Greenville, SC for under $13

A: Pours a cloudy orange/brown color with an eggshell color head that retains very well.

S: Lots of wheaty notes, Belgian yeast (bubblegum, light fruit, and light spices). Really light but complex...pretty awesome, especially at a tailgate!

T: Surprisingly hoppy! Lots of wheat, orchard fruits, bubblegum, citrus, and an appropriate amount of spices. The Belgian yeast really hits the spot. Definitely unique, light and flavorful. Perfect summer beer, and sessionable.

MF/D: Dry wheat/Belgian yeast finish, light/medium in body.

Notes: When I had this growler filled, the employee asked me if I liked wheaty Belgians, and I honestly didn't think I did, but this is really well done. Awesome summer or warm weather beer. Second best offering I've had from COAST aside from Boy King. Seek this one out!

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Belafonte from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 34 ratings