Blind Ambition | Southern Star Brewing Company

Blind AmbitionBlind Ambition
BA SCORE
3.56/5
30 Ratings
Blind AmbitionBlind Ambition
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States
southernstarbrewing.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Pesci on 02-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
30
pDev:
14.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Ottoj55
2.12/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber colored with zero fizz and no head to speak of. Malty sweet smell, correctly for the style, no hop aroma at all. Malty sweet taste. Medium body, cloying in the mouth. Unlike the lively interesting and flavorful Belgian style beers this is just a sweet malt bomb. Drank half a glass, them dumped the rest down the sink. Bought this because of the unique bottle, should have looked into the beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

What a bottle! Very odd, but fitting for a unique brew.

Gold amber with no head.

Much like a spiced fruit beer, this smells almost like apple cider, or maybe a mead as others have said.

Taste is tangy, pungent, spoiled apple with a lager-like breadiness.

Glad this bottle wasn't mine, I'm not sure what to think of it.

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

Photo of charlzm
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed April 3rd, 2015. Poured from a swing top bottle.

Beer is a clear coppery color, more golden than brass. A one-finger off-white head forms after a pretty vigorous pour and disappears before I get to the bottom of the tulip glass.

Aroma is proper for style: toasty malt. There is also a strong honey note that takes over as the beer warms a bit. Very nice.

Flavor is complex: slightly sweet with honey, toasted malt, peach, pear and white grape notes. Slightly bitter at finish.

Beer is moderately dry on the palate and medium-bodied.

Two years was kind to this beer. I enjoyed it and would enthusiastically urge the brewers to bring it back.

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Photo of Snow81
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NickMunford
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked this up for the CF art on the bottle, the fact there was beer inside was merely a bonus. $8 for a crock o' beer ain't bad.

It meekly trickles from the crock, forming a thin head on the surface, with a nested cluster of larger bubbles sitting in the center. Clarity is bright, carbonation is visibly brisk. Minimal spotty lace.

Aroma is first musty and somewhat oxidized. Later there's a malt sweetness with a hint of orange peel, slight cooked vegetable DMS.

Malty with papery oxidation, light sweetness, floral soapy botanicals, flabby feel as the carb soon ebbs. Medium bodied, grainy and bready. Overall it's probably aged too long, the flavors are dull and muted, though traditionally a Biere De Garde can be kept for a couple years.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jmryan8
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, fruit, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, fruit, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that seems a bit oxidized in the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Rado
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of loki8025
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Rihup
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Soto
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of PaulUH
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of SBoyar1
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of truesolution
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Pesci
5/5  rDev +40.4%

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Blind Ambition from Southern Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 30 ratings
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