Big Bison Ale | Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Missouri, United States
crownvalleybrewery.com

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Great lengths were taken to ensure its authentic characteristics. German and Belgian malts, noble hops and a unique yeast strain are all necessary to produce this unique ale. It is aged for one month; beer that tends to please red wine drinkers and is definitely not for the novice beer drinker.

23 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,115
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
196
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
18
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 196
Reviews by Skycarp33:
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: A clear copper with a tan half finger head. Good retention. Significant lacing.

S: Dark fruits, leather, malts.

T: Like the bottle says: Raisins and plums highlight the show. Sweet toffee and bready malts. Didn't pick up the Belgian yeast.

M: Medium with great carbonation. Chewy.

O: Drinks more like a Belgian strong dark ale (which I love, anyway). Great with Pringles Sour Cream and Onion chips dipped in Sour Cream and Onion dip. What a taste sensation.

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Photo of Bartinator
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of BeerDocT
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into ye old chilled tulip.

Appearance 4.0: Very attractive opaque, deep amber color. Nice, 1/4" head that dissipated into a foamy swirl that lasted the entire session.

Smell 4.0: Gorgeous deep and rich malty bouquet. I also smell low alpha/beta hops and caramel. Nice.

-Taste 4.5: Front is smooth and caramel. Middle is big and malty with hints of dried fruits and dark honey. Finish is where the hops pop up and then it dissolves into a fine and dandy aftertaste which accentuates the caramel and the malt. Delicious and well-balanced.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Great mouthfeel on this brew. Creamy and it accentuates the tasting experience.

-Overall 4.0: Excellent beer. Refreshing and at the same time nourishing and deeply enjoyable. Tastes light enough to be a pleasurable session beer, but strong enough to end your session a bit early if you are not careful. This beer is delicious and is highly recommended.

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Photo of kaunshelly
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcaulifww
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of acevenom
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Pours translucent toffee brown with a finger-length off-white head. The carbonation appears to be immense with lots of tiny bubbles visible from the sides of the glass. The head recedes, but a little remains on top to form a nice cap over the beer. The lacing seems to stick to the sides of the glass. The aroma has some breadiness from the malts with some toffee sweetness rising to the nose. There's a little bit of a dark fruit aroma that is typical of the style. The dark fruits that come to mind are raisin and prune. The expected dubbel flavor notes are there. The strong bready malt backbone is accompanied by some nice toffee sweetness and dark fruit flavor. I get notes of prune and raisin that I picked up in the nose. There's some hop bitterness on the back end to help balance this beer's flavor. The alcohol is pretty well-hidden in the taste. The body is medium to full with strong carbonation. The beer finishes very dry. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with plenty of carbonation rising to the top. The head sucks: not even a finger high (off-white in shade), yet its retention is still poor. No lacing either, natch. (2.75)

Smell: This has a significant note of molasses coming through - early indications are that it might be too sweet. Still, the dark fruits I look for in the style are there in full force, along with a subtle touch of Belgian yeast. Like I said, it might end up being overly sweet...but who knows, it could be totally legit, too. (3.5)

Taste: At first, some dark fruit flavors come through, with a kiss of tartness to boot. Afterwards, the malty flavors (molasses, brown sugar, and caramel) all appear alongside a small yeasty flavor and earthy hints. It seems to fall victim to the problem many American-brewed dubbels do - it's too sweet on the back end. Pouring in the dregs in seems to muddle the flavors slightly, but it also balances them better (read: the finish is a touch less sweet). Your choice; personally, I prefer it with the dregs. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It's relatively clean for a dubbel (before the dregs go in), although its beefier body relegates it to sipping territory. Carbonation is slightly low for the style. (3.25)

Overall: A fine attempt at a dubbel, but not on par with the Belgians. It just strikes me as being a bit 'boring'. But as I always say, it's far better to be boring than be flawed... (3.25)

3.28/5: Fairly competent, but far from great

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Photo of Steedee
4.94/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me, the best "double" beer I've ever had is Licher Double Bock. Found only in Giessen Germany, and only at Christmas time.
This beer is a very close second IMO...
At first swig, I thought it could easily be classified as a double bock instead of an Ale. Its color is hazy dark brown, and the taste is malty, with a perfect balance of very mild bitterness.
There are some mild fruit flavors that jump out, and a nice warming sensation because of the high alcohol content.
A very nicely BALANCED and drinkable beer. Perfect on a cold winter day, and it doesn't take to many before inebriation.

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Photo of Slikpitt
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Oakenator
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark brown-amber pour. Filtered and clear. Minimal head and retention. Bottle indicates raison and plum - smells more like a prune and the taste definitely brings that flavor. Strange bitter aftertaste; different but a nice change of pace. I have preferred other beers flavored with raisins.

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Photo of ejohnson654
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Blind
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sparrowed
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of HarmonMW
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of justinp
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of DB0Z
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of mtlasley
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of beerfan39
4.5/5  rDev +21%

A bit of lingering toffee and caramel. Big fan of this dubbel.

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Photo of NYR_Rob
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of FreshZ
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Moby
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Mikecap
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Big Bison Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 196 ratings