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Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers
Florida, United States
holymackerelbeers.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by adkirkish on 07-03-2010

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56
Ratings:
166
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
33.13%
 
 
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 166
Photo of Napolian954
5/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The sweet honey flavor and fennel are balanced beyond perfection. (However, I prefer sweet and malty). For a 10% abv it is incredibly smooth and more refreshing than other beers of that alcohol content.

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Photo of Tabni
4.35/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 12oz bottle at Total Wines. Had try this before it was even released at Stage 84, and I got to say that everybody loved this beer.

Appearance - Dark orange color.
Smell - Great sweet "belgian" smell.
Taste/Mouthfeel/Drink-ability - Sweet malts. Strong brew, be careful, it goes down so smooth that you might end up drinking more than what you are supposed to.

If you get the chance, try it in the tap, give it a second chance.

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Photo of KyleVick4
4.32/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured in a pint glass

A: Pours a light copper, almost orange with thick head. Leaves very sparse lacing down the sides.

S: Strong orange peel here. Also some spices and yeasties. Smells sugary. Not bad smell, but the orange is a bit overpowering.

T: Delicious beer. Not well balanced (no hop presence) but this is a unique hybrid style. Orange is a bit too strong, with spices and bready undertones. Not one hint of the 10% abv.

M: Thick, syrupy with very little carbonation. Just the way i like em

O: This is a great beer. Went a smidge to much on the orangey tastes. But hey, I like oranges. I wish there was a hop presence. With a smashing 10% abv I dont taste a drop of it. The spiceyness is perfectly done and I like the yeast undertones. Mouthfeel is syrupy but retains enough CO2 to get it down. Good job Gordash.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly strong, malty with a firm candy-sweet overtone and fruity hints. It pours a nice clear coppery amber with a decent off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Flavor is quite strong and mouth-filling, fairly sweet but not cloying, malty and subtly hoppy with hints of caramel and cinnamon. Texture is fairly fizzy and fairly smooth, leaving a lip-smacking finish.

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Photo of katan
4.15/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz - into a goblet

A - Pours a deep amber with a little bit of orange highlights. Head formation is light, just a little off white.

S - A strong fruity and spicy nose. A bit peppery, funky, and then more orange blows it all away.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, no super defined malts present. The yeast and the hops take over, giving that strong citrus flavor. Acidic, and tangy. Finishes very clean, with just a little bit of sweetness.

M - A full bodied but lightly carbonated. Would have thought more would be present with a saison/tripel hybrid. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O/D - A very smooth and easy drinking beer. It defies definition enough that its hard to say it or isn't better than the norm. Alcohol is well hidden. Just lightly hidden.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have learned on my business trip to Huntsville, AL that I am an aficionado of 10% alcohol by volume beer. Some may call it licorice to their tastes, but I love the stuff - I'm definitely a 10%er. This brew from my home state of FL has a dark, rich color with a nice tan-hued head. It's smell is has a distant scent of cinnamon, spice, and some coriander (I think.) The taste, though, is what just draws me back. I don't know if it's the types of hops or malts, or maybe it's the high alcohol content, but whatever it is - I like it.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with an off-white head. Decent retention. No lace.
Smell is malt, caramel, citrus and sweetness. Good balance.
Taste is malt, citrus, vanilla, caramel, sweet, alcohol, light banana, spices(clove, pepper & something else). Smooth and balanced nicely.
Smooth, rich, full bodied with light effervescence. Warming and very sippable.
DVery good, I want more please.

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Photo of afogg0855
4.11/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has not gotten the respect it so deserves! Holy Mackerel has blown me away with it's ability to put a new spin on an old recipe. This, to me, tastes like a mixture of a Belgian Strong Ale with a Belgian Wheat.

The whopping 10% ABV is careful not to mask the distinct flavors of citrus, oakiness, and even as you would expect in a nice glass of a deep Shiraz a hint of "earthy rubber" is the best way for me to describe it.

I'm sure to buy at least 2 bottles of this everytime i hit the liquor store because I simply love it!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Holy Mackerel Brewing LLC "Panic Attack"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no freshness date
$2.38 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

The label reads "Belgian-Style Beer A Trippel And Saison Fusion 2015" so I had to try it!

It poured a nice fluffy head of off white atop a slightly hazy deep copper body. The head retention and lacing were both quite good.

In the nose it displayed a combination of sweetish caramelish malt and dark skinned fruits (raisin, plum, fig) with a hint of brown sugar.

The flavor confirmed the notes found in the nose, and added a depth of malt that was quite nice. I'm not sure where the saison comes in because I only got minor spicing, but the rich, wide, and sweet maltiness was reminiscent of an amped up dubbel. In fact with that in mind, I think most of the dubbels I've sampled have had more spicing. But the fruitiness is nice. It also includes some tropical fruit like mango and papaya, as well as some apricot. But now that I think about it, where is the triple as well? Is it only in the strength? (The alcohol never shows, by the way).

In the mouth it's medium bodied to medium-full, and gently bristling with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation that eventually leaves it nicely smooth and almost creamy.

Overall, the label also states that it's "a fine sipping beer" and I'd have to agree. Unique and enjoyable, this may be the best Holy Mackerel beer I've had so far.

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Photo of adkirkish
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Stage 84 pre-release party off of draft:

Appearance: Pours clear dark amber (noted chill haze off of draft - clarity improved as temp increased). Head was frothy white and persistent as beer was consumed and left some light lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts with a light belgian yeast aroma (saison), light citrus hop aroma, very light spice aroma (clove), no esthers.

F: Sweet malt upfront, Caramel and raisin make up the majority of body of the beer (distinctly belgian). Finishes with a slight citrus hop bitterness. The balance of this beer is definitely towards the sweet malts.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation, with a creamy mouthfeel, drinks very smooth with a dry finish. The 10% does not show any warmth and is deceptively hidden. No astringency.

O: I enjoyed having the opportunity of being one of the first to try this new beer. Objective feedback: IMO this beer balances a fine line between two style categories: 16 E (Belgian Specialty Ale) and 18 E (Belgian Dark Strong Ale). If this beer were to be categorized as a Belgian Specialty Ale what necessarily seperates this beer apart i.e. (Blending techniques, unusual grain bill, adjuncts, herbs / spices, brett). I feel this beer most closely resembles a Belgian Dark Strong Ale (Westy 12, St Bernardus Abt 12 etc.) That being said this beer has alot to go up against to say the least.

Constructive feedback: Color is on the lower end of amber, consider deeper malt profile to increase SRM. Esthers weren't really apparent in the aroma, rather smelled more like a saison (This would be the lowest point I could address). With these two points addressed I believe this would be a great example of a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Right now I would say this beer is 80% Belgian Dark Strong Ale and 20 % Saison.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper, filtered, no carbonation, little brownish white foam.

S: Banana, Belgian yeast, dark fruits like figs, glue.

T: Banana, dark fruits like figs, a bit of licorice, malt, no bitterness.

M: Medium, slightly syrupy body, low medium carbonation.

O: Not getting the saison combo it claims on the bottle, but tastes like a pleasant Belgian beer of some sort. Balanced, sweetness is there with the other flavours metioned. Worth a try, sort of cool bottle, love that its from Florida. Would go well with bbq fish.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Studio 84 in Davie, FL. It pours as a nice amber colored beer that is unfiltered (cloudy) with a thin creamy white head. Aromas of raisins, grapes, and sweetness. This syrupy beer has good flavors of raisins, plum, and hints of honey, vanilla, and sugar water. A very good beer that will sneak up on you and knock you off your stool.

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Photo of deneb
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark orange/amber; No head
S: Citrus/Apple, faintly sweet
T: Tiny, bitter kick; refreshing citrus (and almost woody) aftertaste
M: Surprisingly mild for 10% ABV! Thicker than most but it still creeps up on you.

Hardly seems as strong as it is. Moderate bite yet still has some personality.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a local offering in Florida. It is very easy to find down there. I liked the idea of trying the blended Tripel and Saison. I was looking forward to this.

I poured this into a pint glass, and the coloring was very bright orange with one and a half fingers of foam.

Off the top I picked up orange, belgian spice, some sour, and wine-like smell from the saison. The flavor had a ton of saison in it. There really wasn't great balance to it. I also picked up some weird venous taste.

This is a very interesting expreience that could be tweaked into becoming an amazing beer.

The after-taste definitely hits the tripel part of the beer. There was almost a sticky feeling. It leaves a warming in my throat and chest after sipping this brew.

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Photo of beals
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[12oz bottle - 2010 edition]

A: poured yellow-orange with a 2-finger head. plenty of carbonation evident -- head retention seems really good, but lacing is pretty minimal.

S: peaches, banana, yeast. surprisingly not a boozy aroma, given the ABV (and the taste, see below).

T: whoa, alcohol. i read the 10% on the label, but this one hits you in the face with it. also quite a sweet beer -- helps to balance the alcohol. middle is banana, clove and distinctive bubble-gum flavor. finishes with a slowly fading warmth, which is what i'd expect from this style.

M: pleasantly smooth given the amount of carbonation -- slides around your tongue. explains the lack of stickiness in the head.

O: a solid beer, but i'd probably stick to one bottle. might benefit from more aging. there are certainly better American-made Belgian strongs out there, but this one is worth trying -- and a good effort from a small brewery.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerlando for this extra. Served in my Westvleteren chalice. 2010 vintage.

A - Looks like a Belgian Strong Pale (or even a Tripel) to me. Finger of creamy yellow-tinged foam settles to a thin cap and chunky collar. Good retention, but only spotty lacing. Body is an unfiltered copper orange collar. Quite an attractive brew.

S - Coriander and other spices, bananas, estery Belgian yeast, bubblegum, some perfume and floral notes. Maybe a touch of alcohol as it warms up, but nothing out-of-place for 10%. Again, quite tripel-like.

T - Taste is unfortunately a bit less exciting. Mostly sweet cereal grains and bubblegum, with only a bit of Belgian yeast character. Finishes surprisingly clean with a hint of anise bitterness and thankfully little alcohol.

M - Body is medium, with medium-low carbonation, a dry finish, and light residual sugars. Light warmth sneaks in after about 4oz. Could actually use a bit more spritz, as this starts to feel heavy.

D - A quick check of Holy Mackeral's website reveals that they consider this a cross between a Tripel and a Saison. I guess Belgian Strong Pale Ale is probably the best description in that case. A bigger question is regarding the pervasive negative reviews for this brew. It's not stellar, but it's not a bad beer either. Perhaps six months in the bottle has cut some of the spice and alcohol noted by other reviewers. At $2.99 for a 12oz it's not a bad value either. I had no problem finishing a bottle, and I'd certainly have this again if it was the best option at a bar in one of Florida's beer wasteland.

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Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, some fruits. Taste is spices, malts, light fruits, just a hint of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Heatwave33
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: An orange-gold color with a whitehead.

Smell: Tart, hops, malts with a little sweetness.

Taste: Slightly tart with malts, hops. Slightly sweet at the end. I believe it's honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, smooth with a slight dry finish

Overall: A nice tartness and sweetness to the flavor. Just not as well balanced as it should be though. A nice brew to sip. Cheers!

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2010 bottle into a pint glass - a fluffy white head sticks on top of a medium honey gold.

Sweet candi, almost peachy nose.

A sip is prickly and sweet, with a little hop spice on the finish. Alcohol pretty present with a hint of Belgian yeast, but not offensive as other have said due to the prominent almost bubble gum sweetness that lingers on the finish.

Medium slick body, medium light carbonation.

It's too sweet - but other than that I think this was a fair example of that end of the style.

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Photo of KajII
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a dark amber/orange with a small fizzy white head that was fully diminishing and had poor lacing. The aroma was of light grain malts, a mild citrus hop and a sweet belgian yeast with notes of banana, apricot, corriander, maple syrup and had a mild alcohol tinge. It tasted moderatley sweet with hints of banana, citrus and corriander from the begining and stayed pretty much throughout with the finish having just a little sourness to it. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and syrupy and creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall all it was a good tasting brew that did a great job of concealing the high ABV, although it was just a little sweet for my taste.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says 2012.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head showing long retention before touching down to an 1/8 inch of head in a solid sheet of foam. Thick, resilient lacing.

S- Sharp nose filled with pungent spices and herbs. Potpourri-like (as described on the label) and perfumey with a stiff shot of booze. Some cinnamon, clove and even some pumpkin.

T- The taste is a bit more controlled with the sweetness backing up the alcohol in a complimentary fashion. Has all the toasty caramel malt of a dubbel and the yeast quality of one. However, the supposed saison characteristics escape me. Has a slight liqueur quality as it warms.

M- Sharp and a bit hot. Medium carbonation and an ample body for the style.

O- Kind of overbearing but, if you like Belgians, you should be able to derive some pleasure out of it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded. sandalwood-hued body with a large, frothing, off-white head.

Smell: Particularly sweet-smelling, with toothsome, Wilford Brimley-rattling notes of caramel, honey, and slowly melting table sugar. Rounded out with a bit of earthy spice, juicy fruits, and booze. At some point, the taste develops a cotton candy flavor, then, when going back to the nose, I start smelling cotton candy in the aroma.

Taste: Starts sweet and downright sugary, with tastes of light caramel sauce stirred up with orange blossom honey and golden syrup. Some spicy phenolic character yields modest hints of clove and whole coriander seeds. Golden raisin and figs for fruitiness, with a lesser touch of ripe banana. Minute bitterness. Culminates at times to a taste of cotton-candy. Peppery alcohol does what it can to cut through the overt sweetness and thin out the body. A little alcoholic heat to the sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-high carbonation. Plenty of residual sugars lend for a sticky mouthfeel, though the prickly carbonation keeps it from being cloying.

Drinkability: Diabeetus, indeed! Sweet, mayhaps its ultimately too, too sweet and, with the alcohol, presents something akin to a glass of Buttershots.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange-amber hue and is topped with a short-lived khaki head that recedes to a faint encircling wisp. The nose is very strange, but nice, and reminds me of baked goods or petit fours. The taste is, for a lack of a better description, Christmas-y. There is a sort of chocolate mint flavor atop a sugar cookie or pretzel-y malt, and the booze is very well-hidden. The feel is pleasantly slick and softly carbonated; it works well. Overall it is a very unusual brew, but pretty nice.

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Photo of socon67
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up as part of a mixed 6'er at Bottle Cap's in Daytona

A - Amber with a white foam head that settles to a thin 1/8". Lacing spots the glass.

S - Smells of sweet fruits and syrup with a bready cake aroma from the yeast.

T - Sweet fruit flavor gives to a sherry-like finish complete with a burn. A bit too heavy handed in the finish. Clearly BA classified this better as a Belgian pale than some odd "saison-tripel fusion" as the label says. Belgian yeast gives it a tartness with a slight amount of funk.

M - Just literally a hot mess. Too much spice notes and alcohol that isn't masked. One glass is more than enough.

O - Was glad to try but I'll pass. It is really not true to any Belgian style and is far too heavy to be enjoyable. Not terrible, but not solid by any means.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours honeyed orange with a big beige foamy head with tons of sticky foam caking the side. Bubbles rising.

Some fruit/apricot nectar, some fermented fruit, a little yeast and maybe some hay/barnyard.

This reminds me of a domestic poor cousin of Gulden Draak. Fruit up front, then some syrup sweetness that seeks some bitterness and alcohol to clear the palate...and you don't get any. Alcohol is surprising to be 10%. Some palate clearing light bitterness and fruit -- like the bitter part of a peach pit. Not bad (wtf, some previous reviews are unkind). Just a bit mushy and over sweet.

Needs a touch more carb and crispness. Fuller bodied and tacky.

Didn't hate it, and not a bad version of the style, just not a great one. Ok at best

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