Suicide Blonde | Royal Oak Brewery

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Brewed by:
Royal Oak Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GJ40 on 04-30-2008

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 5
Photo of TheBrewo
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served from the tap at Royal Oak Brewery in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in a generic tulip, glowing a solid golden orange coloring. It held a one finger head of creamy white bubbles, showing decent retention. Light clouds of lacing were left here and there about the glass. Haze permeated the beer, but sediment did not. Carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma gave pale maltiness, strong mustiness, plastic foams, floral hops, banana esters sweetness, and standardly Belgian malt sugars. With warmth came peppery bite, stinging vodka booziness, phenolic clove bite, and syrupy maraschino cherries. Our first impression was that the flavoring was nicely sweet to start, giving up big musk and booze through the end, making you shudder a bit as you weren’t expecting such strength. As we sipped, the taste opened with banana esters, Belgian yeastiness, rich butterscotch caramels, pale and buttery malts, lactic creaminess, and the lightest grassy hop bite. Moving through the peak was cotton candy sweetness, continued browned banana esters, metallic bite, more floral hops, orange fleshiness, and flashes of brown sugar sweetness. The end washed with cherry sweetness, fermented strawberries, more floral hops, sea foam, red apples, and brandy sweetness. The aftertaste breathed of Band-Aid phenols, alcohol burn, black pepper bite, toasty pales, and thick, syrupy Belgian dubbel malt sweetness. The body was full, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave good foam, froth, and cream, but lesser initial smack or finishing pop. The heat from the booze gave fusel burn, with eventual chalky dryness to the hard and soft palates. The abv was appropriate, but present, and this guy was a definite sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the flavoring. At first it seemed way, way too harsh, but with warmth it opened up to reveal a hearty, pleasantly malty base beer. The heat, spice, and hops all played nicely off this through both the nose and the flavoring. The booze wasn’t very well hidden, but by the end of the glass you come to appreciate it. That being said, it seemed a touch overboard for the style, and while the malts were certainly big and syrupy, they didn’t do enough in the way of balance. Thus, the ultimate picture wasn’t quite complete, but this one was a pleasure to dissect.

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Photo of GJ40
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Royal Oak Brewery.

This is a light golden colored ale with great clarity but no head. The aroma is sweet with elements of candy and some yeast coming through. The flavor is also sweet (but not too sweet) with a slight bitterness. The 9% alcohol is very well hidden. It's got a low carbonation and good substance to it.

This was an easy one to drink. I enjoyed it but it poses no threat to the Belgians.

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Suicide Blonde from Royal Oak Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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