Bones & All | Half Acre Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We’re dipping our toes into the waters of Belgium with Bones & All. Our first foray into the style in quite awhile, we are quite excited to offer you this 5.4% ABV Belgian Brown Ale. Brewer Michael Carroll, our expert on all things Belgian style, gave the beer a glowing endorsement, calling it “pretty darn good”. Brewer Matt Young echoes this sentiment, calling Bones & All “well-balanced” and “very good”. So there you go. Two positive reviews from two dudes who know their beers.

Added by MasterSki on 01-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 6
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dave for sharing!
Quick review from written notes.

Reddish dark brown, ruby glint in the light. Tan foam fades to a skim, thin collar around the edges. Wisps on the surface.

Some spicy yeast aromas, clove and dry roast.

Roasty with a nice dose of toasted malt flavors, light bitterness, pipe tobacco, light hop earthiness. Smooth and light bodied, easily sessionable. Thanks again Dave!

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

Poured from a 64oz growler into multiple pint glasses. Thanks to Joe, Matt, Chris, and Jay for the assist!

A: Pours a deep, cola-brown color with some bubbly, sticky, light khaki foam on top. Retention was decent and a few specks of lace were left behind.

S: Some spicy belgian yeast mixed with toasted nuts and molassas.

T: The aforementioned nut and molassas with clove/cardamom and a dusting of cocoa.

M: Dry and cleansing. Suprisingly light for the style. Nice that this wasn't a one and done.

O: I really liked the fact that this was under 6%. Quite sessionable for the style. You're most welcome Matt!

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3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter.

"Wouldn't it be chilly with no skin on?" Yup. Anyway, this stuff pours a dark-ish sienna topped by a half-finger of glowing lightly off-cream foam. The nose comprises dried maple syrup, light brown sugar, mild clove, and some light greens in the back. The taste brings in more of the same, with a duller blend of spices and some light cocoa far in the distance. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a decent little Belgian brown, but nothing remotely close to special, nor anything memorable enough to wanna grab another.

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3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Half Acre snifter. Appears a deep chestnut with some clarity, minimal head, and no lacing. The nose features some belgian bubblegummy character with bready yeast and some clove spice. Taste is a little on the thin side with light bubble gum character, mild toast and brown malt. Not a whole lot going on here, easy drinking. Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. Overall, would pass this one up in the future, just not my thing.

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32oz growler from the source. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Big tan foam settles to a thick cap that has good retention and splotches of lace. Lightly hazed amber-brown body.

S - Belgian yeast, bready malts; a tad spicy. Nuts and dusty cocoa from the brown malts, as well as a bit of red fruit. Phenolic notes intensify a bit as this warms up, giving it a slightly dirty vibe.

T - The taste is a bit more like an conventional brown ale, but with a light Belgian touch to it. More cocoa and nuts and less of the spicy yeast. A bit too bitter for the style, with lightly toasty and phenolic notes in the finish.

M - Dry, medium body, lightly grainy texture, smooth carbonation, and a clean finish. No perceivable alcohol, nor would one expect any at 5.4%.

D - Pretty solid stuff. The aroma shows more Belgian character than the flavor, although I'm not the hugest fan of Half Acre's yeast strain. Pretty drinkable; I had no problem finishing the growler with Mike (AgentZero). Might order again to mix things up.

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A: Dark brown in color. Forms a moderate tan colored head.Good retention Moderate lacing.  

S: Aroma is weak, but pleasant. Caramel, yeast, vanilla, gum.

T: Moderately sweet. Roasted malts, toast, yeast, bread. Then there is a lemon or a woody quality Quick finish

M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. low bitterness.

O: A decent beer. Drinkable, though not likely something I'd get again.

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Bones & All from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 24 ratings