Winter Tilt FestivÁle | Empyrean Brewing Company

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Winter Tilt FestivÁleWinter Tilt FestivÁle

Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A different spin on Belgian Red Ale. Ruby in color with the aroma of fresh biscuits and caramel, with a tart center and crisp, cedar-citrus finish. Stong enough to stand up to winter's chill.

40 IBU

Added by lawlerj on 10-22-2011

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #59 (December 2011):

LOOK: Hazed amber, pretty lacing

SMELL: Husky, toasted grain, phenolic, mild estery alcohol, vague spice, hint of ripe fruit

TASTE: Very smooth, light creamy body, toasted biscuits, peppery, dried fruit, medicinal herb, kiss of alcohol, slight spiciness, dried grass, spicy & fruity finish  

The palate is awakened by this brew, reminding us of Belgium in the early winter, our visit to Essen for their Kerstbierfestival, and pots of Flemish stew with warm toasty sandwiches. A nice change amongst other seasonals, and something to shake at winter.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of distantmantra
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dbossman
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber-brown color with a steady thin head and beautiful lacing; this is a beautiful beer

S:Loads of bready, bisquity, toffee malts--some herbal and grassy hops but mostly bread, bread, and more bread

T: Very bready as aromas indicated but there is a slight citrus, grassy, and herbal hop presence as well as a fruity yeastiness; the sweet toasted breads win out but the hop and yeast flavors make this interesting and balanced

F: Creamy, medium bodied beer--such a nice sticky mouth feel

O: This si a good albeit slightly strange beer; I'm not quite sure exactly what it is but I like it; I have been impressed so far with the new bottled seasonal offerings from Empyrean

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Photo of lawlerj
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - pours an opaque reddish amber. Yields a decent slightly off white three to four finger head with an aggressive pour. Speckly lacing, leaves a nice collar of foam around the rim of the liquid.

S - this beer has nice fruity Belgian yeast aroma that dominates. Not so much of the dark fruit that you get with the heavier Belgian ales that I've tasted. Some syrupy smelling caramel. A hint of spices in there as well.

T - Belgian yeast is the star again here - biscuity and bready, not quite as fruity as the aroma. There is a bit of tart bite in the middle of the flavor, and it finishes with a crisp burst of tart fruit. Interesting.

M - medium bodied; the carbonation adds crispness. I could see this becoming a bit heavy and syrupy, but the carbonation adds a touch of lightness that prevents that.

O - overall, an interesting, unique brew. I always enjoys the offerings from Empyrean and look forward to trying more.

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Photo of scarfield
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App- pours a rich copper with an inch and a half head. Moderate lacing leaves an attractive looking glass.

Smell- first I get a minerally malted smell. Accompanying this is a bready tone and then the smell of yeast comes through.

Taste- begins with a malty and roasty flavor which is accompanied by some of the fruity flavors that the yeast adds. A bit of a metallic taste in the middle adds some tangIness to the taste which is finished with a very bready with a hint of citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/drinkability- feels a bit thick, but not unattractively so. The finish is crisp and leaves you wanting more. A bit of the aforementioned tang breaks up the breadiness.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass. This is Winter Axis, circa 2012.

The beer pours a hazy peach-orange, with a light cream colored head that recedes to a wisp. Light lacing.

The aroma is of bananas, sweet bubblegum, apricots, with a faint alcohol note.

The taste is a mimic of the aroma. Banana peel, sweet caramel, apricot fruitiness, and a sour grapefruit rind finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a tad creamy.

Overall, a flavorful belgian-style brew, but I don't feel this is a holiday seasonal so much.

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Photo of JSchock7
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of icecube
4.77/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Orange-amber and bubbly with a steady one-inch head; with just enough yeast in the bottle to give it a nice cloudy appreance.

S: There is a nice up front fruity Belgian aroma with hints of spice.

T: A very pleasant Belgian beginning, then a wonderful dry slightly spiced finish. It is very easy to drink but flavorful and tasty.

M: Well carbonated and medium bodied.

O: This is my favorite Winter seasonal beer of 2011. Empyrean has really done a wonderful job with their seasonal offerings. I can't wait to try what's next.

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Photo of midworken
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of MtOrion
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of NoBeerLeftBehind
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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

Poured into a tulip.

Hazy copper. White head that quickly forms a ring.

It's got some vanilla in the nose. Malty sweetness as well.

Very sweet and sugary. Some anise and vanilla spice notes. Not much for hops but lots of malts.

Medium bodied with legs. Very sticky.

Overall, this beer is pretty good. Not sure I want more than one though.

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Photo of beerdhabelly
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Herky21
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of budgood1
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a dirty rust colour; sediment added for effect. smallish head. scant lace. sweet candy-ish aroma...caramel, toffee and nougat prevail...smells nice. flavour profile expounds greatly from there...ripe red fruit, a touch of caramel and toffee, hints of pepper and other boozy tinged spices. a scoop of spicy hops enter the fray to provide some back end bitterness and overall balance. belgian flair for sure, and quite inspired at that. full bodied with that prickly, semi-dry, carbonated mouthfeel that lets all the belgian inspired goodness dance on the tongue and fire up the belly. drinkability is nice, especially for a winter warmer sort of belgian ale. i could see this pairing well with some sugar cookies or some spicy cheese and meat.

overall, this was a nice surprise. too many domestic stabs at belgian styles fall short, but this offering stretches the field a bit. it has all the requisite characteristics. a relative tasty stab at a belgian style winter warmer. works for me.

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Photo of drpimento
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Compliments of Paul B, thank you sir. Poured with a smallish, off white, fine head that soon settled out and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy burnished brass. Aroma is hazelnut, malt, toffee, spice. Flavor is very close to nose and enhanced with some carbonic tang. Body is good, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, no off notes and tapers over average time to some of that tang. Nice winter brew.

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Photo of KarlKarl
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

now called winter axis, with little to no modification. it pours more bronze than red, clear, and with a thin lacey head, tan in color, fading slowly. i smell a touch of spice, some candy sugar, and a nice dose of citrusy hops. theres some belgian yeast in here, but its a very low key strain lacking all the characteristic fruity bright properties. flavor does have some fruit though, red and dried, thanksgivingy, with some sweetness and a lot of hops in the finish. easily the most interesting beer ive had from empyrean, which isnt saying a whole lot, but there is quite a bit happening in this glass. finishes yeasty and orangey. brighter mouthfeel with better carbonation that some other empyrean beers, and the body is only medium at most, so several of these is an easy proposition. good stuff.

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Photo of ssjkyle
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of brandon911
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Metaltildeath
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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