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Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale | Epic Brewing Company

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Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style AleSmoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale
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3.87/5
Very Good
301 Ratings
Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style AleSmoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smoked cherry wood malt brings a smoky sweetness to the caramel malts and a bit of peat flavor with a Belgian-style yeast. The entire batch aging in the whiskey barrels nicely dries out the perceived sweetness of the caramel malt leaving an almost scotch like taste.

ABV varies by batch.

Added by Wasatch on 07-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,867
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
301
pDev:
12.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
69
Trade:
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Ratings: 301 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of GarbageMan10
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PprBurke
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Has a nice caramel butterscotch look to it with very little head.

Not much on the nose from the glass, but the bottle yields caramelized pecans, wood, dates, raisins, and trail mix.

Flavor is more concentrated than the aroma and is focused on raisins, caramel, plum, booze, peppery Belgo yeast, with a finish of caramelized pecans, bright fruit, and boozy hotness. There is an undertone of smoke but it's very faint.

Feel is not obtrusive, offensive, or too hot. It's right where it needs to be with a creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation with a proper heat profile.

Overall, highly enjoyable - nothing I've had recently comes close as far as pure Belgian enjoyment is concerned.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lukass
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattymystique
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tylerstravis
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of n2185
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aufie
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nolster
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nferry2
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johnct
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku glass.
A - Pours a clear brown raisin color with a small white head.
S - Aroma is apple and cherry and some boozy oak.
T - Flavor is raisin, oak and smoke with a definite alcohol backbone.
M - Medium thick mouth feel with medium carbonation. Warming.
O - I like this beer, apparently more than most. Interesting Belgian, first time I've had one with a smoky flavor. I would buy this again.

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Photo of benloho
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lukesherlock
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had the #37 release which was brewed about a year and a half before I drank it and I was unsure about the condition the beer had been in because my brother mailed it to me and it may have had some weird temperature fluctuations and gotten banged around a little bit.

Look- Poured thick and cloudy, dark orange-brown in color like a dark apple cider

Smell- A little hint of fruit (apple) on the nose but also slight bourbon presence

Taste- Prominent malt presence, you can taste the barrel aging right up front with hints of bourbon almost like a scotch ale but hints of sweet fruit as it goes down

Mouth Feel- Prominent malt presence gives it a pretty thick feel but not extremely well balanced in my opinion, nothing very exciting happened in my mouth

Overall- I probably wouldn't seek this beer out in the future but I did enjoy the style and I think it offered some interesting character

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2.47/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on draft originally and was very impressed.

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Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 301 ratings
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