Black Creek Lemon Balm Ale | Black Creek Historic Brewery

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Black Creek Lemon Balm AleBlack Creek Lemon Balm Ale
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Black Creek Lemon Balm AleBlack Creek Lemon Balm Ale

Brewed by:
Black Creek Historic Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by thehyperduck on 06-05-2014

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of Derek69
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured slightly cloudy, half finger of foam. Not a lot of aroma, as i was expecting.
Citrus flavours permeate, as you would expect, without being overpowering.
Seems a sessionable option, as a summer option without being a weisse.
Not a lot of lemon anything, aroma, flavour etc. Not saying I want lemonade, but
something of the flavour profile would be appreciated.
Its not a bad beer, has its good points, their pumpkin offering is a lot better though, in my opinion.

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Photo of andrenaline
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of MasterOfArgos39
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Molson2000
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MattCampbell
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Bf_89
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO and served well-chilled; best before Nov. 2014. Glad to see that Black Creek brews are still managing to find shelf space locally - in the past year, they've gone from only two or three staple beers, to a rotating stable of seasonals which were originally only available at Black Creek in Toronto.

Pours a foggy golden-amber colour, topped with a half-finger of foamy white head that quickly recedes. A thin film and narrow collar are the only remnants. Not the most impressive-looking glass of beer, and I'd be lying if I said that aroma had me any more excited - it's rather subdued, offering up a combination of herbal lemon balm, citrusy zest and a hint of mint.

This is a fairly palatable pale ale, but it is not an interesting one. The lemon balm provides a distinctly fruity, herbal flavour that permeates the profile, with grainy malts and a touch of honey serving as the backbone. Vaguely minty, with an herbal finish only somewhat reminiscent of actual lemon citrus. This is a light-bodied, quaffable herbed beer with the same restrained carbonation levels that are characteristic of most of this brewery's offerings.

Final Grade: 3.28, a C+. Black Creek Lemon Balm Ale is a fairly timid ale that would be completely forgettable if it weren't for the inclusion of its namesake herb. It's rather light and quite sessionable, so if you're a fan of lemon balm in your beer (or curious about the concept), this is an approachable option. That being said, I don't feel like this is the sort of brew I'd be likely to return to, or recommend to a wide range of other beer drinkers. Not one of Black Creek's most inspiring offerings, but enjoyable enough on a warm summer's night.

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Black Creek Lemon Balm Ale from Black Creek Historic Brewery
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 10 ratings