Thor's Equinox | Odin Brewing Company

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Thor's EquinoxThor's Equinox
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odin Brewing Company
Washington, United States
odinbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by barleywinefiend on 08-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
15.07%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Captain_Dan
4.65/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I like it. I would buy it more often.
Availability...
It says Year Round on this post....Limited Release on the label. Which is it?
I have experienced this new-ish beer 6-8 times and it would more if it was AVAILABLE. It is NOT AVAILABLE Year Round. Either at the Big Three grocers around my area in S. Everett or the local convenience stores or the local warehouse Wine and more. It is hit and miss as to AVAILABILTY.

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Photo of RyanOpdyke
4.58/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a great smooth flavor, and a gorgeous deep amber color. It doesn't have that high alcohol kick that most beers at this ABV level give you, so it finishes nicely on the pallet. I would highly reopens this beer to anyone.

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Photo of hannaho
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Telestic
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Kastler
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of ZachT
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pianoguy
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. No bottling date info

Pours an attractive reddish brown body that is not quite solid. I can almost see through it. Light tan head had a little retention. Lots of lacing

Smell is prominent and it's all malt. Earthy and chocolatey. As it warmed up a tiny bit of sour scent emerged.(very tiny, maybe wishful thinking ?)

Again it's malt forward . A slightly grainy taste that as it warmed up dissipated a bit. Cold or warm it was very hard to detect the alcohol. Only a a slightly dry aftertaste gave an indication of the 9. ABV . This one could be dangerous !

Not as smooth as I would have hoped for... perhaps a little over carbonated

These days when you say Belgian you are looking for some unique caricaturists. I'm not sure if this is 100% authentic... But who cares ? It's tasty and it's 9 ABV !!

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Photo of Eric_Standard
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Metaltildeath
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of vande
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoelClark
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Asics
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Sweet, Warming, Medicinal

We’re always going to be skeptical of American brewers jumping knee-deep into Belgian territory, but Odin Brewing Co. seems to have a firm grasp on what the Belgian Strong Dark Ale is and can be. The 9% ABV is warming, but doesn’t get hot at all. It’s full of dark sugars and fruit, with a healthy dose of medicinal phenols and suggestions of licorice root, chicory and carob.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Dark Ale  | ABV: 9.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of JarMills
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it's the black label that leads to darker expectations, but it's a brown amber color, slightly hazy. Long aromatic scent of roasted grain and caramel candy. Attractive swirly foam in the tall glass.

Plenty strong though not tasting of alcohol. This is more like a winter ale with plenty of roasted grain and a spicy undertone. Hops are quite understated, though there is a moderate bitter burn. The touch of Belgian yeastiness doesn't bloom into the dry intensity. Barely any sediment. A little hot at the finish just before your tongue goes numb.

Rather pleasant sipping beer. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Wine World and Spirits in north Seattle.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm not a style purist, which is a good thing with this beer. It's not anything like Gulden Draak (one of my all time favorites) or Rochefort 8.

It's an ale with lighter texture (mouthfeel, I guess) than typical BSDAs. The flavors are more subdued than you might expect.

Is it really a Belgian Strong Dark Ale? Well, it's not at all yeasty, like most Belgians. It's not strongly flavored (and the ABV is hidden). And it's not very Dark.

But just take this beer on its own terms: it's a wonderfully smooth ale, a bit subtle in effect, with dark fruit (figs? dates?) and maybe just a bit of smokiness. The ABV is very well hidden. It's a fine sipper, almost like a Port wine.

If you're looking for a beer on the heavy side, this isn't it. If you'd like a subtle concoction, you might enjoy this quite a bit, as I did.

I didn't ever have this beer fresh. My bottle was purchased on late 2013, and aged about 18 months from then. I think the aging probably contributed to the smoothness, but that's just a guess.

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Photo of JeffSK
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review 8/18/2011 3.15

A: Poured a burgundy color with good carbonation leaving a nice dirty white cap

S: Dark fruits, sweet sugar, light booze

T: Starts off with a dark fruit element; plums, hint of raisins, some caramel perhaps, but the taste quickly fades and it becomes sordove syrupy and boring

M: Medium to big body, sweet, sticky but lacking in complexity and nothing to make it shine

O: Not to bad and worth a drink
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2011 vintage sampled today via Red Hot-Tacoma

A: Poured a deep brownish with purple hues, small dirty white cap, some bubbles and minimal lacing

S: Purple/red rapes, candy sugar, figs and plums. Very pleasant.

T: This beer really mellowed out over a year. Dark fruits remain dominant and prominent; grapes, figs, some caramel and plums with residual candy sugar are the highlights. A little booze and spice sting lingers throughout but it also has a smooth creaminess to it. The finish has a light sugary element.

M: Bigger bodied, sweet and sugar, plenty of dark fruits coat the palate

O: I believe this beer needed some time to work itself out. It's pretty good, still a little messy and think it could go for another year or two!

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Photo of BurdockBoy
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Thor's Equinox from Odin Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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