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 woemad
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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 Superjimbob
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good red ale. Smell a bit metallic and taste has the same. As others have mentioned, perhaps just the Belgian influence. If you like that, then a great dark ale, for me, just a nice beer.

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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

Photo of MacStinson
2.36/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of beer-fan-1
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For a dark high abv this was weak and dull tasting with flat feel and taste. It had the dark notes but had that watered down taste and flavor.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 gandres
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint from the brewery
Appearance: Dark bright yellow/orange/golden/medium head/lacing
Aroma: good aroma
Taste: Balanced
Mouthfeel: creamy
Overall:Very good beer

Drank August 26, 2015

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

Photo of vladdswrath
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear, mahogany red with thin but foamy head. Smell is a touch sour, a little metallic, but otherwise mostly of malt and dark cherries. Taste is heavy with dark sugars and plums, boozy to boot, yet the mouth feel is surprisingly light and drinkable. Despite the boozy sensation, it actually hides the high ABV rather well. Strange brew for sure.

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Photo of ckornmannn
2.04/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a bomber, into a tulip. no bottling date. Beautiful mahogony color, mostly transparent. Metallic phenol smell and yeast. Taste is dominated by the same hard metallic phenols. You can detect the unique yeast in the beer but it is overwhelmed by a hard metallic edge. I'm not sure if it is a lack of familiarity or appreciation for the style or a spoiled bottle.

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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 NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yankeepride
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hreb
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a Belgian tulip ale glass. Beer pours brown and cloudy and overwhelmingly bubbly, naturally filling the glass with a tannish white head. Aroma seems quite neutral to me. Getting past the massive head, the beer has a moderate Belgian twang, but stops well short of being sour, funky, or tart. Sweetness is present, but kept in check. Dark malty flavors also play a supporting role, but I get more blackstrap molasses than roasted barley malt. This beer is more American than Belgian.

One thing this beer does have going for it is supreme drinkability. As previously mentioned, the yeast strain wasn't too aggressive in implanting distinctive flavors. And even at 9% ABV, none of the ethanol comes through in the nose, and there's no burn. And while some BSDAs can be overly malty to the point of chalkiness, this beer has none of that, and in fact, it finishes sweet. But overall it is just not a great beer and it reaffirms my expectation that Odin is not Seattle's greatest.

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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 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 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 elglueckert
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Svingjo
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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