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
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
70
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 70
Reviews by Billolick:
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3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle

Pours hazed darker apricot, with a green olive oil hue, minor off white head, film and delicate strands of lace.

Herbal nose with tea, lime and Belgian yeast spice.

Fruity, citric, herbal with more tea and a slight lactic sour note. Then pepper, lime and coriander, with moderatly biting hops late.

Carbonation on the lower side.

Easy drinking and approachable BSPA. Nothing special, but easy drinking and worth a try.

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Photo of Tiernan
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of deebo
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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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Photo of RDW
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of andrew8626
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zonker17
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drone
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of mike_dawson
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 7, 2013.

The pour is like orange with no head and see-through clarity. It fizzed briefly but disappeared quickly.

The Belgian yeast aroma is the most forthright but the other Belgian sugar and pale malt notes are muted. There is a slight citrus and champagne note on the nose as well as a vague mustiness. Hops are slightly forward.

The body is medium and astringent.

The taste does not have the malty-alcohol punch I expect from a Belgian Strong but this is a Belgian Strong Pale so that may account for the missing oomph! An orange note and a slight lingering hop finish.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylemckinnis
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a very hazed orange color with a nice fluffy cap of small-bubbled head that shows some nice retention and lace.

Nose is very Belgian candi sweet with some light fruity yeast esters. Smells like a fig with agave nectar almost.

Not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be and the snappy wheat gives it much more balance than I initially thought. Nice balance of zesty hops...I like this one. It could use a bit more yeast presence and a lighter malt bill, but this is a pretty good shot at the style and has some uniqueness to it. Glad the ABV is not any higher, seems like that would push it into the 'harsh' side of things. Good price point too. Mouthfeel is airy and smooth, carbonation is fine and creamy. I wont have any trouble polishing this bomber off myself, wouldnt be opposed to having another one at some point either. A nice surprise, CMBC has had a few pretty nice seasonal bombers so far.

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Photo of FriarMickOnThePlateau
3/5  rDev -14%
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 Yoda22
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.09/5  rDev -11.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kraticus41
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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Old Soul Strong Belgian Golden Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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