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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
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Old Soul Strong Belgian Golden AleOld Soul Strong Belgian Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jmkratt on 07-15-2011

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 20
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz single bottle - no description for 'Luther' on the label, but he appears to be a combination of man, badger, and hawk.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some streaky and chunky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs out of sight.

It smells of bready and doughy pale malt, Belgian yeast, a lesser cereal wheatiness, free-agent candi sugar, ethereal ground black pepper, and some mild earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, wet wheat crackers, a soft earthy berry fruit note, sort of acrid and estery yeast, muted rainbow peppercorn spice, and more tame leafy, weedy, and slightly perfumed floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, but for a bit of yeasty intransigence hanging about, looking to make a fuss. It finishes trending dry, the malt bottoming out, while the yeast and spice hold 'er straight between the ditches.

Overall, this is a fairly representative version of the purported style, with the yeast, spice, and alcohol all meted out in the appropriate manner. What isn't so judicious is the supposed juniper berry component, which merely comes across as a meek, generic fruitiness. Not great, but worthy of a go if you're into this type of thing.

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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 bundy462
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a cervoise glass.

Look: Clear golden body under an off-white head that recedes to a film and collar, with fairly decent random squiggles of lacing.

Aroma: Soft bubblegum notes, light juniper berries, as well as clove, banana, white pepper.

Taste: Opens up with very soft bubblegum then transitions into dry hay, light citric tanginess, and a bit more of a spicy hop, peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry.

Overall: Taste and aroma are mostly the same, it’s pretty spicy overall, but in a white pepper kind of way.

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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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Photo of cdwil
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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