COAST Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #20
Ranked #11,907
4.06 | pDev: 11.33%
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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).
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Aug 23, 2013
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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

Aug 08, 2013
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wedge from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Jul 15, 2013
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PDXHops from South Carolina

3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Aug 28, 2011
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kkipple from South Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Aug 05, 2011
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jsanford from Georgia

4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Dec 16, 2010
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

Oct 11, 2010
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scottyshades from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Sep 17, 2010
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To say I was thrilled to finally get to try this one would be an understatement. Simply put this was one of the best session able, summer beers I could have asked for yesterday. Having a growler to kill between three people brought rave reviews from everyone. This was really a treat and it was universally praised. Growler poured into pint glasses on 06/20/2010.

The pour was sublime, a wonderful golden color with a glow with the sun behind it that was insanely bright. Lots of cloudiness going on here though you could still make out the carbonation that was driving toward the surface in streams. An amazing head of white perches itself on the top of the glass and sits there for what seems like forever before finally relenting and letting the broken lacing drip down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is light, perfect for this hot day with hints of light honey, grassy, herbal notes, nice touches of lemon zest, hints of pear, peaches, just really a very bright and light ale that seeks you out across the room. Warming brings in touches of grains, and a light, very light buttery and biscuit like tone. Then I took the first taste and I was simply blown away. To say this is a phenomenal beer does not in any way do it justice. Crisp, biting fruit notes, pears, apples, touches of citrus come across the tongue but are balanced against a flawless yeast strain that simply is remarkable for the depth and the cleanness it portrays. Hints of clove, light heathery and flowery notes dance around the palate before the rich malts come across. Light grain, wheat, hay, lots going on here. Light finish, again crisp, clean, refreshing and just the right amount of dry. Light tartness and its gone.

Overall a fantastic, nearly perfect summer session beer. I could have had twelve of these. I don't know what it was but this one killed everyone. It was literally the life of the party.

Jun 22, 2010
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branimal9 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler picked up at Green's in Columbia - 6/4/2010.

Slightly cloudy golden yellow in color, with a small soapy, clinging white head. Fruity & yeasty on the nose, with a bit of farmhouse funk in there as well. Taste has notes of apple, almond and banana, with a healthy hop bitterness on the finish, which is very dry. A very good & unique melding of old and new world styles.

Jun 06, 2010
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jpmclaug from South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into my Duvel Tulip (growler from Greens in Piney Grove)

A - Gold with a bubbly white head that is sticking around for the ride. Light lacing sticks to the walls of my glass.

S - Belgian yeast with the typical Belgian malt. I'm no expert on this style but it smell's like the typical Belgian Pale Ale. Banana notes are definitely present along with a hint of lemon.

T - Once again reminds me of what other Belgian Pale's have tasted like. The yeast flavor is present but not overpowering in this one. Bread dough, hints of fruit, and a bit of a peppery hop bite. I'm also picking up a good amount of banana flavor.

M - Above average amount of carbonation with a medium sticky body.

D - Pretty easy to drink but I really am not a big fan of this style. The flavors are a bit mild compared to other Belgian Pale's I've had in the past and that helps my palate enjoy this one. I am glad to have tried this and while it was decent I don't see myself seeking this out again. Once again though this really isn't a style I'm too fond of.

May 31, 2010
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cdizinno from South Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from a growler, purchased at Green's on Piney Grove in Columbia, SC, into a tulip glass.

A: Nice hazy, orange-straw color. Off-white head that slowly fades with mild lacing.

S: Mild yeast, sweetness, fruits, bubblegum, all rolled into one.

T&M: Mildly complex. Fruits(citrus), some sweet yeast and malt. Ever so mild peppery spice. Flavorful bitter hops carry through this medium-bodied ale. Semi-dry, bitter finish.

Very drinkable beer. Quality once again from the folks on the COAST. How do these Southerners know how to make a Belgian better than most Beligians? Hats off to these folks who have to earn my highest average of a single brewer in the broadest range of styles tasted!

May 28, 2010
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wcudwight from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with a thick ivory colored head. Head slowly falls leaving behind a sticky lace.
Interesting aroma of pear, juicy fruit, bananna, and maybe some citrus fruits in there.
Flavor is equally complex. Unbaked bread dough, bananna, and a big hop bite. Hops are herbal in nature. For 5.7% this beer has some kick to it.
Mouthfeel is active and lively. Lot's of carbonation tickles the tongue in a good way.
Not a session beer as I imagined it being but a good beer to sit down and have a meal with. I wish this was on-tap at Hymans Seafood. Now wouldn't that be the perfect match.

May 26, 2010
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JISurfer from South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Score another "win" for COAST. Color was a bright straw, the head was thick and frothy, lasted a good while. It wasn't overly carbonated, but had a nice little "tickle" of bubbles on the throat. Taste was a good overall balance of hops, malts, and fruitiness, but had a little more of a hop finish. Very refreshing and went great on the hot nights here. Too bad they don't bottle it, or it would be my stand by.

May 25, 2010
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FutureCowboy from South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same-day CBX growler fill, poured into a chilled Duvel tulip (good lookin out, funkydelic).

Light golden hue, more yellow/gold than orange, with a short, neat head. Nice unfiltered look to it, translucent. Much like the head, the haze is very neat and consistent throughout. Pretty beer.

Definitely getting some familiar farmhouse notes in the nose, bubblegum (as pointed out by others) and maybe a wee bit o' banana?

There is a LOT going on here. Leads off with zesty citrus, lemons & orange (saaz no doubt), then in walks the funk, just for a sec. The wheat in the malt bill takes it into witbier territory for a sec, back to a full saison-esque finish.

Mouthfeel is just fine, refreshing, not too sticky.

Highly drinkable, will be interesting to see how the complexity plays out on my palate after a couple of glasses.

I expect no less from COAST.

May 16, 2010
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy/creamy head, long lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity, bubblegum smell, with hints of yeast. Smelled kind of funky when I first opened the growler, as a saison would.

T: Tasted of citrus (a little orange, a little lemon perhaps), light fruits, yeast, that phenolic quality. Not the most overly complex flavor, but very enjoyable.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer.

May 15, 2010
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funkydelic from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

From a Duvel tulip:

Appearance: Hazy deep gold. Creamy white head, lasting but not rocky by any means.

Aroma: Bubblegum. Spice. Crackers and bread crust underneath. Not over the top with the bubblegum, but it is there, front and center. A glimpse of burnt rubber. The bread crust balances the Belgian fruit and spice and makes it more interesting to me. Pear. Toasted, buttered country bread with a zesty, spicy marmalade on top. Citrus notes grow as the beer warms.

Flavor: Complex. Whole grain bread crust meets peppery spice. The hops make themselves known mid palate and don't let go. The bitterness builds, meets the phenols from the yeast and explodes with a resiny finish. The bubblegum character is present throughout, but it is not over powering. Pleasant underlying fruit- notes of citrus battle with notes of pear. The phenolic spiciness + the hops + the bread crust lead to an almost shockingly harsh finish. Not overly sweet. The hops become more herbal as I consume more of this.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and ridiculously creamy. A bit of alcohol warming as it goes down. A bit astringent.

Overall, drinkable, but the high hop bitterness combined with the spiciness is a bit jarring at first. Possibly if its paired with some serious food- pineapple and ham pizza comes to mind for some reason- the drinkability would increase. A fascinating beer, but it is not something that I could session. It reminds me of Duvel in an IPA format with some added bready notes.

May 14, 2010
Belafonte from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 34 ratings