Trooper Hallowed
Robinsons Family Brewers

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Style:
Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #69
ABV:
6%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,283
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 14.21%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
67
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Robinsons Family Brewers
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  11
SCORE
83
Good
Trooper HallowedTrooper Hallowed
Notes: Crystal Rye gives HALLOWED a blood red hue and a smooth dry finish. The Belgian style yeast we have used in this brew along with Noble hops combine to deliver a complex palate of subtle banana and a sweet plum finish.

20 IBU
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark amber, or maybe light brown, and mostly opaque. A finger of off-white head with good retention.

Smell: Sticky toffee, brown bread and dough, a little spice.

Taste: Mild and follows the nose. Sweet and slightly doughy malt with no noticeable hops.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, very high carbonation.

Overall: It's like the Coke Zero of Belgian beer. The flavor profile is there, but it's very muted.

Jan 09, 2019
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Oct 20, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Oct 19, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Sep 29, 2018
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Sep 24, 2018
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Jul 09, 2018
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mynie from Maryland

3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Jun 25, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Jun 23, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Jun 19, 2018
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EmperorBevis from England

3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Jun 13, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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

May 17, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Feb 01, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear mohogany color with a nice white head and good lacing. Sweet grassy smell. Malty and caramel tastes. A bit thin but overall a good beer.

Jan 17, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

1.62/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear mahogany color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, corn, caramel malt, and sorghum. Does not seem to fit the style of a Belgian Dark Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong dryness and metallic notes. Tastes of sweet malt, corn, caramel malt, hint of esters, and sorghum. Overall, weak appearance, poor aroma, blend, and body.

Jan 08, 2018
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours amer color with no head or lacing. Smell is caramel and toasted bread malt notes and definite booziness. Taste is the same with less booziness. Feels slightly sticky, but still thinner than I’d expect for a Belgian. Not bad, but below average.

Dec 18, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From 3erTiempocervezas. In Teku glass. Playing Bioshock Remastered. Foam dissipates in seconds. Artificial and boring caramel profile, like in a modern Grimbergen dubbel. With metallic notes. Flat, industrialish

Dec 11, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/28/2017. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, spicy rye, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, spicy rye, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast/rye spiciness and herbal/floral/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, pear, red apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, banana, bubblegum, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, spicy rye, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an excellent Belgian dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Well rounded Belgian yeast complexity, nicely rich malt balance, and nice noble hop presence. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Nov 24, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I began my early teens as a metal head, moved on to 1960's-era psychedelia & graduated to punk rock in my senior year of high school. I had some friends in SoCal who were really into Iron Maiden & I am sure that they would get a kick out of these beers. I have to admit to being kind of excited myself when I saw them at The FGBS the other day.

From the bottle: "Created by Iron Maiden"; "Limited Edition Belgian Style Beer"; "Inspired by Belgium, Made in England"; "Hallowed is the fourth beer created by Iron Maiden and handcrafted by Robinsons Brewery. A hybrid beer inspired by Belgium and brewed in England, Hallowed has the TROOPER DNA running through its veins. Still charged with flavor, and with Crystal Rye giving Hallowed a blood red hue and smooth dry finish, this is one of Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson's finest brews yet: 'I have always loved Belgian beer but I wanted to make sure that we put a British twist on our brew. I think that we have created something unique.' The Belgian style yeast combines with Noble hops to deliver a complex palate of subtle banana with a plum finish. Enjoy cold."

I queued up some Iron Maiden on You Tube, Pop!ped the cap & let loose with a barrage of beer! This resulted in a two-plus finger cap of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention that left behind good lacing as it slowly fall. Color was solid Copper (SRM = 17) with NE-quality clarity and deep Amber highlights. Nose smelled very hefeweizen-like with notes of clove and banana, but with a Belgian yeasty mustiness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste had a bready maltiness along with a strong banana quality. Hmm. I generally eschew hefeweizens that are too banana forward & this was not really doing it for me, either. Finish was semi-dry, but it left me feeling unfulfilled. YMMV.

Nov 08, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frederic Robinson Ltd. Unicorn Brewery "Trooper Hallowed"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "L7209 10:30"
$3.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: How could I pass this up, another Trooper beer? It says it's a limited edition but I don't know if it's a Halloween release or not. Probably not. Anyway, it pours a clear ruby-accented deep mahogany brown body beneath a finger-thick head of creamy off-white. The aroma is sweetish with clove and dark-skinned fruit over medium-dark caramelish malt. Perhaps there's some banana there as well. And the flavor follows suit. It's just lightly spicy from the yeast, and that helps to balance the sweetness along with a median to moderate bitterness. It's nicely balanced between malt that's not overblown in body or caramel malt additions, yeasty fruitiness (plum, raisin, banana) and spiciness, and bitterness. It's sweetish upfront but it finishes dry with some spiciness, earthiness, and leafiness from the yeast and hops. It's medium-light in body and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled moderate carbonation. Very drinkable despite the 6.0% ABV which never really shows except for a touch of drying character in the finish. I wouldn't have minded if they'd taken it up a little bit further into Quad territory but it really is quite nice as it is. The one thing that really hurts it is that the head dropped quite readily and the lacing was then limited.

Nov 06, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottled 90 days ago poured into a snifter at fridge temp 6% ABV. The beer pours bright light reddish brown with light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and paper thin cap. Aroma is light but presents some malt and yeast character. The flavor is subtle rye, banana and dark fruit. Not sweet or cloying and very balanced. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry. Overall, nicely done. It's not worth the $4 I spent on it, but it's very good and in keeping with the season.

Oct 27, 2017
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2018. Purchased recently from Morrisons - presumably on sale in time for Halloween. Created by Iron Maiden, this is a Belgian-style beer brewed with crystal rye and Belgian yeast.

A: Poured into a tulip. A deep reddish-marmalade colour with good clarity and moderate carbonation. Produces a smallish head of frothy white foam that lasts for a moment or two before collapsing and dissipating.

S: Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of dried fruit, mild banana, subtle pear, spice, faint bubblegum, barley sugar, caramel/toffee and vague stewed leaves. Rather good - complex and sweet.

T: Tastes of rich, fruity Belgian yeast with notes of raisins, mild banana, a hint of pear, vague bubblegum, spice, caramel/toffee, grain, stewed leaves and a twinge of earthiness. Quite sweet, followed by a subtle bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with lively carbonation and good body. Aftertaste of fruity yeast esters, raisins, mild banana, spice, caramel malt and subtle stewed leaves.

O: A decent stab at a Belgian beer. Subpar looks - the lack of head would be unforgiveable in a Belgian brew. The aroma and flavour are pretty good with plenty of fruity yeast character backed up by caramel malt and understated hops. Nice body; perhaps not as unctuous as it could be. In summary, it's a good approximation but not quite the real deal. Still satisfyingly drinkable though - worth sampling.

Oct 26, 2017
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber red. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A toasty and spicy Belgian style aroma with a scent of spices, fruit, and caramel. Belgian yeast with a scent of clove and pepper. Toasted malt with a scent of caramel, biscuit, and cracker. Fruit hints of pear, apple, and banana. Earthy hop hints of grass. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and spicy Belgian style taste with notes of spice, fruit, and caramel malt. Belgian yeast with some spice notes of clove and pepper. Toasted malt with notes of biscuit, caramel, and cracker. Dried fruit notes of pear, banana, and apple. Some earthy hops with notes of grass. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid British spin on a Belgian. Good notes of yeast spices and fruit undertones.

Oct 15, 2017
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright light brown, reasonable head.

Nice Belgian yeast phenols on the nose. Light caramel and pear.

Taste is similar. Fairly light body, mild bitterness, some carbonic acid and dryness.

One of Robbie's better beers

Oct 11, 2017
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m_hall from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Clear, dark amber-brown in color and topped by an off-white head about one finger tall that falls to a foamy cap. Lacing is fairly good.

Aromas are malt forward with bread and some caramel most apparent, with a bit of spicy yeast behind.

Flavors are as malty up front- lightly toasted yeast bread and caramel, mostly. Fruits follow in after with notes of tart apple and a bit of banana, leading to a finish that's fairly long and dry with some herbal hops lingering on the tail.

Mouth-feel is medium-bodied, full but not fat, lightly carbonated. Quite easy to drink. Alcohol is a very manageable 6%.

This is the second of the Robinson's/Iron Maiden beers I've tried, and I do think this one is a bit better than the Trooper Ale. While this is definitely more "Belgian Inspired," as the label says rather than being a true Belgian ale, I'd say Robinson's and Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson have come up with a rather nice beer here. Indeed, it's probably best to think of Hallowed as halfway between a Belgian and an English pub-style ale, so it's probably not for purists, but it's fine for what it is. Not to mention it's named for my most favorite Maiden song. Up The Irons!

Oct 02, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a stemmed glass like the other reviewer says a deep auburn with a half finger lighter beige head atop.Modest but decent aromas of caramel toffee and faint phenols,a bit of caramel apple comes to mind.Phenols are a little more pronounced on the palate wich is quite yeasty,caramel comes thru more as I drink more along with dried fruits.Modest but quality,Hallowed be thy name!

Sep 25, 2017
Trooper Hallowed from Robinsons Family Brewers
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 67 ratings