Trooper Hallowed | Robinsons Family Brewers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Robinsons Family Brewers
England, United Kingdom
robinsonsbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vinicole on 09-22-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,652
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
60
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle served cold into a tulip. An LCBO purchase for $2.95 CDN.

Appearance - dark amber and brown coloured beer with a finger of off white head. Good clarity and modest head retention.

Smell - malty with some caramel molasses and dark fruits like figs and prunes mixed in. Treacle too.

Taste - thin flavor, a little watery, followed by mild earthy bitterness. Some treacle and molasses mixed in but not terribly intense. Hints of fruit as well, but lacks the intensity of the nose.

Mouthfeel - medium body, quite fizzy and easy drinking. Finish is slightly dry.

Overall - a decent if unspectacular dark Belgian. Worth a try, but doesn't stand up great against the Belgians.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a classic case of an ale improving as it warms.
Hallowed has below average Looks (its ruby is not dark and its foam is fleeting.) But its Smells give me lots of dried fruits, just not rich. Tastes are the same, but with the introduction of hops in mid-palate for balance. This sits in my mouth well. It paired well enough with my vegetable stew; indicating that they got right something of the Belgian thing in this ale.

Overall, I'd say this would be better all along the way, let's say by 20% better, if this British brewer really understood the Belgians more and could replicate their yeasts and use of brewers sugar. Is it possible that the Robinsons' merely are a decade behind many American crafters trying to develop the age-old skills of the Belgian tradition ?

Robinsons does have interesting packaging (but impossibly small lettering on the back label). Since this is my first from them, I went on their website and was impressed that they've been brewing for two centuries, got a lot of history and still have a subtle sense of humor. I might even try to visit them next year.

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Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent & chill-hazed chestnut with one finger of tan head. Pretty good head retention& lacing

S: Pear juice, rubberbands, figs

T: Rubberband, figs, a little raisin & a touch of leafy hops up front, just a little dryness as well. Raisins, a little leafy hop, & dryness as this warms . Finishes with raisins, figs & a little juicy fruit

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, feels a little thin as it warms

Pretty good flavor, pretty drinkable, mouthfeel kind of drags it down a bit

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled on Nov 27 2017 and served slightly chilled. Glad to see that they went in a different direction with this iteration... the other Trooper beers had a lot of flavour profile overlap IMO, but I can't see a Belgian abbey-style ale having that issue.

Pours a rich, clear copper-amber colour, with one cm of bubbly, ecru-tinged froth rising to the surface and quickly exhausting itself. A patchy cap of soapy film lingers on, as does a decent-sized collar; looks ok, although some head retention would be nice. Smells fruity and spicy with a few phenolic notes, with fig, plum and date immediately coming to mind, buoyed by hints of clove, licorice and root herbs. Rather sweet, too, with brown sugar, molasses, rye bread and toasted malts underlying it all.

Not bad, but kinda saccharine - though that's hardly unexpected for the style. I'm getting brown sugar and treacle right off the bat, with notes of rye bread, fig and plum following up in hot pursuit; light banana esters are next, coming through by mid-sip. Spicy, yeasty notes of clove arise towards the tail end, joining up with leafy, herbal, slightly floral hop flavours - not unlike those I recall from the other Trooper products, actually. The aftertaste remains spicy and yeast-forward, with a light candi sugar sweetness that soon fades. Medium in body, with light-ish carbonation levels that weakly agitate the surface of the tongue; not quite soft, but still very smooth. Reasonably drinkable - though I will say that the alcohol presence is more than I'd have expected from a mere 6%.

Final Grade: 3.71, a respectable B grade. Trooper Hallowed is a good effort, but unfortunately it's very difficult to brew Belgian-style beers as well as the Belgians themselves. In the interest of full disclosure, I'll mention that this is one of my least-favourite beer styles - I often find these beers to be too sweet, and Hallowed is not really an exception to that rule, as it borders on cloying at times. On the plus side, the rye gives it some added character, and I do enjoy the fruity, yeast-derived aspects - and that's without even mentioning the flippin' sweet bottle cap, which is itself more than enough of an excuse to give this one a try.

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Photo of DonBowman
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

GREAT!!

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

Photo of Electros
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TomTrocc
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBeast
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robotic_being
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
2/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of flyingpig
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle form B&M Bargains, Glasgow (£1.25):
This one was a bit up & down at times, it started well with some nice sweetness from the malts & dark fruits but there wasn't a whole lot to it after that it seemed a little weak & one-dimensional at times. It was Belgian influenced at times as the bottle suggested but it fell far short of what I'd expect from a Belgian brewed beer of this style. It's a better beer than the original Trooper beer in this series from Robinsons but it didn't do enough for me to make it a beer that I'd pick up again.

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Photo of mynie
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Rather odd name for a beer.

On tap at Bull's Head in Lititz, PA.

Billed as an English dark but it looks and smells like an English Pale Ale malt-forward with notes of butter and caramel.

Tastes perhaps a bit aged. Dense sweet caramel and fruit up front, grainier middle, and some more very ripe fruit on the back end. Solid, but not great.

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Photo of monkist
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Funny because Robinson doesn't really marvel at brewing outstanding ales. The Trooper is good (partially because of the legend behind it) and maybe this one is the same. It says "inspired by Belgium" which is true because it isn't a Belgian beer but an English ale for sure, just has some reminiscence of the Belgian kind. Looks amazing and smells kind of candied fruit - and luckily it misses the sick Belgian yeast. Instead it has some booziness in both the nose and the flavor which I like. It is on the verge of becoming almost sweet but still manages to keep it okay, although this position leaves it somewhere in the middle, being not bad but not that good either. Goes down nicely though. It's okay if you don't expect too much.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste: Spicy, semi sweet, rye bread, woody, malty, alcohol bite to finish. Same with the nose. Copper hue, clear, foamy light tan head not much lace. Medium body. 20 IBUs

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and served in a Westvleteren XII gold rimmed goblet given to me by Zimbo
pours a clear bronze coloured body with minimal white head
aroma of cloves, coppers and brown sugar
toffee and spice with metal notes
quite a decent body
the best so far from the Robbos and the irons

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Photo of rangerred
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bf_89
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter. This hybrid Belgian ale pours a
nice clear medium dark red with a very nice head of off white foam
that settles to a thick ring, thin subtle pool, and showcases some light sudsy
lacing. Nose of subtle sweet malts, subtle spice of rye, and light fruity
ester notes. Flavors exceed the nose with a lightly spicy rye and medium
ester laden flavor profile giving rise to some notes of dates and figs
with a light sprinkling of dark malt and subtle cherry and cola notes.
Nice mouth feel; medium light body, medium low carbonation that is
lively for an English ale, and a lightly dry finish that is very nice.

Overall a solid hybrid English meets Belgian brew worth trying as
long as you are not looking for one nation style over the other.
Overall it is nice.

UP THE IRONS!

Cheers

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Photo of Rukeli76
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bixby1971
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GravityKills
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenBayBA
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Snowcrash000
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish deep mahogany coloration with a small, creamy head. Smells of dark, toasted, caramel malt with notes of chocolate, banana and dark fruits: fig, raisin, with just a hint of spice. Slightly metallic note as well. Taste follows the nose, with dark, toasted, caramel malts being in the foreground, complemented by some yeasty wheat and notes of banana and dark fruits. Some spice noticeable as well. Slightly metallic note in the aftertaste and a rather light, slightly watery body, unfortunately. Also way overcarbonated for the style. This has a rather good approach, with a nice malt balance, estery yeast and fruity/spicy notes but ultimately falls flat with the watery body, overcarbonisation and metallic aftertaste.

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Trooper Hallowed from Robinsons Family Brewers
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 60 ratings