Belgian Pale Ale | Root Cellar Cafe / Darkside Fermentation

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Belgian Pale AleBelgian Pale Ale

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Root Cellar Cafe / Darkside Fermentation
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mora2000 on 03-31-2010

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Photo of Mora2000
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mar for sharing this.

The cage and cork shot out of the top of the bottle as soon as the cage was loosened, leading the beer to gush out like a geyser. It then continued to slowly foam out the top of the beer bottle for the next 10-15 minutes. Very impressive.

When the beer finally settled down in the glass, it was a cloudy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is yeast and candi sugar. The flavor is more Belgian yeast, wheat, toffee, bready malts and candi sugar. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is excessively carbonated with a head that nearly fills the glass. The actual beer is a cloudy orange color.

S: Initially the extreme carbonation overwhelms the nose and it sort of stings the nose. After some intense swirling to kill the carbonation a bit, I get a lot of nice fruity notes like pineapple and mango. There's plenty of yeast in there as well as some bread and grassy hops.

T: The flavor is really quite nice. Lots of pineapple, orange, and tangerine fruitiness to go along with a solid bready malt base. Floral and grassy hops provide a mild bitterness. There are some very subtle spice flavors and a good yeastiness. Perhaps a touch of alcohol as well.

M: The body is medium with a very high carbonation, which I knew would be the case.

D: This was a really surprising beer. I found it to be just great and really enjoyable. It would be nice if they dialed back the carbonation, but the flavor and nose were good.

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Photo of champ103
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Adouble
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a root cellar snifter. brewed 8/2010 consumed 12/2010.

A- hazy orange. the bottle was transported just prior to consumption but the haze is certainly not all yeast. probably not chill haze either as the bottle is pretty warm. a very slow pour results in a huge rocky head. about as much head as liquid.

S- yeasty aromatics.

T- very, very high prickly carbonation. very dry. more spicy phenols than fruity esters, but there is notable sweet orange ester amongst the dryness. ABV unnoticed.

D- high. ABV is well hidden and only becomes apparent as I work through the bottle. The mouthfeel is dry with the aformentioned prickly carbonation, finished with a little yeast paste.

overall i like it and want to get some more. taste and mouthfeel are good and great, but the hazy appearance needs work.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours into my snifter a cloudy orange color with about one finger of head and leaves a nice ring of lace on the glass.

S - Sweet malts and tart fruit, citrus orange, mango and pineapple, earthy hops and mildly spicy yeast notes.

T - Really well balanced flavor. Very nice malts accompanied by citrus fruit, orange and pineapple. Mild bitterness from the grassy hops compliments the subtle spice.

M - Not overly bright for the style, really smooth and creamy, great balance.

O - This was a very enjoyable beer, wish I had more than one bottle, highly recommend trying it if given the chance.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass, carbonation appears to be low.

Beer smells bready and full of esters. It is approaching the bubble gum level of sweetness in the aroma, it's a little off putting.

Beer is medium to light in body with lead off sweetness that immediately disappears into a bouquet of yeast esters, some pears, bubblegum, mild banana, the yeast in the grain bill comes through well but I'm just not getting into this beer. Overall it's average to below average. I won't have ti again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by kkipple. Thanks Dan!

The beer appears light yellow and quite hazy. The head is a quarter inch thick and leaves a few random traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very floral, with some citrus and spice notes. The flavor follows suit, with a slight musty, funky presence. The feel is medium bodied with a hop bitterness that lingers in the finish. This was a decent beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ottovon
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to cwolffman17 for this.

A: a golden orange color with a huge white head. i had to stop mid-pour and let it fall a bit. reminds me of meringue. the head falls leaving some lacing down the glass with just a pillow of foam on top.

S: i get some caramel malt, and some bread. there is grassy hops in there with some citrus, and a bit of mango/tropical fruit floating around. i also get some spiciness from the yeast.

T: starts off with a touch of sweetness from the malt. caramel and bread. there is some citrus hops and fruit in the middle. it finishes off bitter and dry. some grassy flavors and it is a bit resinous. i also get a bit of strawberry jam in the finish and there is a bit of spiciness and yeasty flavors.

M: medium body with a large amount of carbonation.

O: i really enjoyed this beer. I would definitely buy more if i had the opportunity.

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Belgian Pale Ale from Root Cellar Cafe / Darkside Fermentation
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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