Thor's Equinox | Odin Brewing Company

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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

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Added by barleywinefiend on 08-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,306
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
91
pDev:
13.54%
Bros Score:
3.98
 
 
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yankeepride
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hreb
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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 +9.9%
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 +8.8%
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 +28.5%
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 +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Svingjo
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RyanOpdyke
4.58/5  rDev +26.5%
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 +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaymanisgod
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jmryan8
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of RoarwithGilmore
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of bschinelli
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ZachT
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hurshybear
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of OSCWEAX
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was excited to try this beer but the taste fell short. Nice on the nose, nice look, finish was metallic and flat. I'll admit I made the mistake of drinking a glass of IPA prior to the tasting but in my defense I cleansed my palate before popping the top. I wouldn't recommend this beer to a friend.

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Photo of JoelClark
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Phelps
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep purple-brown when in the glass; light brown and rather thin-looking when being poured. Half a finger of big-bubbled light tan head.

Beautiful aroma. Smoked figs, toast, syrupy alcohol. Love the interplay of smoke and dark fruits.

Less smoky, more malty sweet. Figs, dates, brown sugar, toast, alcohol. Lingering booziness and fairly burly bitterness on the sides of the tongue.

Medium body, light electric tingle of carbonation.

Highly drinkable. Great smoky nose, decent malt complexity. Easily the best of Odin's beers.

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Photo of PJBeav
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of chossboss
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Big_Beers
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- chestnut brown with ruby shine. Fingerlength head that melts quickly into the beer.

S- sweetness a little roasted nut and alcohol

t- big roasted barley flavor that seems out of style. Beer more resembles a brown nut ale than a belgium dark. I would rank it higher if it was. alcohol aftertaste

Overall: It tricked me. I was expecting fruity belgium goodness and got a very english style brown ale with american abv

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of VonSubmarine
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Thor's Equinox from Odin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 91 ratings