Old Soul Strong Belgian Golden Ale | Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Old Soul Strong Belgian Golden AleOld Soul Strong Belgian Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
crazymountainbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jmkratt on 07-15-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of JustinPStewart
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of evanwoertz
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bundy462
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

No indication of date of brewing or freshness on the bottle. No way to know if this is 1 or 12 months old.

Nondescript aroma of light corn, ethanol, slight ripe fruit basket, and hint of grain.

The flavor is driven by a moderately bitter grainy quality paired with yeasty dough. There is more bitterness and less spice than I would expect from a beer "Belgian style ale" in the title. There is almost no hop flavor, so the bitterness is unexplained and feels out of place. I don't taste juniper (but I want to!).

Conclusion: A little odd and totally forgettable. I always want to praise beer from my home state, but this is more what I would expect from a newer homebrewer who has talent but not experience. It is just fine, but could be so much better.

Here is my issue: My state (Colorado) and much of the US is absolutely jam-packed with incredible quality beers coming from countless craft brewers. There is no longer shelf/tap space for "pretty good" beer; the competition is simply too great. Considering there are hundreds of mind-bendingly amazing beers left to try just from breweries within 100 miles of my house, I will never seek this out again... I believe that the time has come to no longer accept anything less than amazing beer, as the industry can (finally) actually support that kind of standard!

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Photo of SStein
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeranbrews
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - murky pumpkin orange. Egg white fluffy head. Minimal lacing. 3.5

S - slightly aluminum. Cool. citrus. Spicy almost turmeric like notes like some kind of flower. 3.5

T - a bit overly lemony. Slightly peppery citrus aftertaste. 2.75

M - watery and thin. But slightly sleek. 2.75

D - not a bad beer but certainly not a good representation of the style. 2.75

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deebo
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw gold with an inch of foam after settling down.

Smells fruity with notes of candi sugar, wheat, and pepper. It has some tartness.

Peppery, a candi sugar sweetness, fruity like the rind of oranges, a bit tart. Not bad.

Light bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Devon-Ceylor88
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A rich golden color but slightly cloudy, aroma warns of sour overtones, the taste is initially bitter but turns more floral as it settles on the lounge, thin bubbly texture. A very solid Belgian style ale overall

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Photo of khargro2
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerTest
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FriarMickOnThePlateau
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Belgian Wannabe, didn't have what it takes in complexity.

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Photo of andrew8626
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of swgwilt
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SLeffler27
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fills a Dogfish Head snifter with SRM 8-9 clear amber with a sight, fine, white head that immediately dissipates, leaving rings and spots, while occasional carbonation rises from within.

This golden ale is dominated by fruit aromas with apple cider vinegar and faint herbal notes in the background. Warmth brings out touches of lime.

As expected, the flavors are fruity, however, it lacks complexity. Equal shares of sweet and bitter with faint juniper and pepper in the background. The finish is long and dry.

A medium body with alcohol as expected. Light carbonation is set against a satin texture.

While I had hoped for more of a brooding complexity, this is still a fine beer.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beergoot
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Partly cloudy, light gold color; fizzy, rapidly disappearing head. Musty, fruity aroma; tangerine. Tastes like an old orange; grapefruit. Medium-heavy body; rough carbonation; sticky yet dry finish.

A rather drab and forgettable beer offering. Eye-appeal is so-so, and the flavor and feel are uninspiring and mundane. Fine enough to sample, bad enough to not warrant a return visit...

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Photo of benloho
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcscientist
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong ale sounds about right, though I enjoyed this more than I thought I would from the description. I'm getting more into Belgians, and although this is a slightly different style than most of what I've found that I liked, it was still worth getting.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. Appearance: Pours hazy gold under a 3” fluffy persistent porcelain white foam cap that persists and produces rich lace. Smell: Some of the added juniper berries shows up in the aroma with malt, citrus and melon. Taste: Melon, a hint of peach, caramel, and big spice. Mouthfeel: Creamy and effervescent, with a medium body. Overall: Refreshing and the Belgian yeast esters work better than I thought with the added juniper berries and the melony hops.

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Old Soul Strong Belgian Golden Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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