Thor's Equinox | Odin Brewing Company

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3.62/5
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87 Ratings
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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:
#35,098
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
87
pDev:
13.81%
Bros Score:
3.98
 
 
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 30
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%

Photo of fivetime
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JMBSH
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Thor's Equinox from Odin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 87 ratings
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