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Benediction | Ben Middlemiss Brewing

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Brewed by:
Ben Middlemiss Brewing
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mora2000 on 09-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by jminsc76:
Photo of jminsc76
3.91/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at High Times in Costa Mesa (apparently so have other reviewers).

Into a tulip, pours a white soapy head - very large - atop a blood-orange body. The head dies quickly and re-emerges just as rapidly upon agitation. Thick soapy legs as I tilt.

Aromas of brown sugar, cane sugar, some floral notes, grapefruit, and mild biscuit. Highly complex, medium-intensity.

Flavors of orange, lemon, grapefruit, yeast, some funk, and a bitter bite on the finish. The slight quantity of heat near the finish detracts from the rating slightly.

Mouthfeel is thin and light. Not highly substantial.

Overall, a complex and nuanced ale exhibiting everything from citrus to Orval-like funk to mild sweetness. (Note: I take mild umbrage with the fact that this beer is obviously mis-classified: much closer to being a tripel than a dubbel, but that's about it; my condolences to those who taste pennies and lemons in their version...) While it's mellower compared to many of the Abbey ales of Belgium, there are plenty of fruits and flavors to make for some exceptional drinking.

I would try this again, but next time follow the directions on the bottle of keeping out of the fridge until ready for serving.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. I was glad to see this brewed again after Michael Jackson spoke favorably of it.

The beer pours a hazy light orange color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some flowers and perfume notes. The flavor is lemons, flowers, perfume, honey, Belgian yeast and honey. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev +1%

Alcohol nose with a touch of malt and tartness.
Pours clear chestnut with a 1" white head.
Drank this in 2012 when it was 2 years old and it has a touch of oxidation. It has a touch of tartness on the palate that puts it somewhere between an Abbey style Ale and a Belgian Brown ale. Some caramel and rich malt on the palate.
Medium high carbonation, medium body.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The backstory behind this one and Michael Jackson's connection to it got my attention initially. It seems that this story is at least partially a fabrication, as the original name/label/recipe appear to belong to Keith Galbreith not Ben. There is some question about the legality of this release, not to mention the authenticity of its flavor.

In any case, it has reached our shores, and until such time that Mr. Galbreith is able to get the "real" Benediction to us, curiosity will get the better of me.

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

Turbid copper body with clear edges, giving the ale a stained appearance. Faint ivory head never really gets going, though never fully goes away either. Soapy collar and a faint raft obscure the murky depths. Sandy lacing fails to adhere.

Currants, golden raisins, and faint dilute grappa notes in the nose. Vague leather tones are in there as well.

Supremely dry palate entry, with a bitter/tart flavor suggesting pomelo pith, white wine, and grain. Light yeast adds some sweetness for balance, but no real phenolics or other complexity. Tastes somehow watered down over all, though the base is interesting enough. My girlfriend says it tastes like a pickle that was rubbed on a dog (or a dog that was rubbed with a pickle), "but in a good way." Weird maybe, but apt.

Rather too light-bodied, lacking any creaminess or effervesence.

Not really to style, and I'm not sure this will be worth aging, but I've got one put away anyway.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark bronze amber with a fine one finger aged ivory head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of bready malt, light stone fruit, mild tartness and cardboardy oxidation. Flavor is light and tart with a rapidly developing metallic acidity, similar to concentrated lemon juice. Hints of funkiness and oak in the finish. An odd, tart Belgian oriented ale more similar in style to an American sour ale. This a style I don't really enjoy, but I'm not sure how and why this is not getting more love from fans of sour ales. Look and aroma of a well made ale, and it seems to be designed to taste this way, but a one and done for me.

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Photo of crossovert
2.66/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz black foiled twist off bottle. 2010 vintage.

Ir pours a clear amber at first, but I swirled the yeast and poured it in and it became a bit murkier. The head is big, fluffy, and of white and leaves a ton of lacing.

The smell has elements of clove, caramel, bubblegum, and fruitiness. It is an oddball in the category.

The flavor is tangy with an odd flavor that is hard to pinpoint, maybe passionfruit. Lots of rotten tropical fruit flavors along with bubblegum.

It is a pretty goofy beer.

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Photo of anotherpg
2.64/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow. Hmmm. Not sure what to make of this. Pours blood orange with a light head that laces down the glass. Smells and tastes quite sour. So much so it's like a sour ale than a Belgian. Mouthfeel. Hmm. Did I say sour? It's sour with an almost metallic taste, like a recently polished fork. I wouldn't recommend it unless you like, uh, SOUR. Maybe I need to age this for 4-5 years?

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Photo of womencantsail
2.31/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one. It's not everyday you get to tick a beer from New Zealand.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: Tart fruits, metal, and alcohol come at you right away and are not a good way to start your beer drinking experience. For a dubbel, there are a ton of hop aromas, which is just strange.

T: The flavor opens up with a lot of metallic notes. The alcohol heat is not far behind and soon after that come the tart fruits. Maybe peaches or currants. The sourness becomes more pronounced as you drink more and this turns into sucking on a mixture of pennies and lemon juice.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high.

D: What the hell is this? There's really nothing good going on here and the overly metallic nature is not pleasing at all.

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Photo of bangerang
3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The alcohol was definately noticeable along with the sweet malts with a tint of roastiness to it, though it was a bit on the sour end as well. My bottle was from 2010 and I just had it in May of 2015. You could taste the age and some of the sour yeast come through which I thought was nice with everything else. It wasn't super smooth or full. It had a lighter airier head but it was still there and the aroma was pretty descent. A bit floral but sweet as well. It's aight.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this 2010 bottle about a year and a half ago. After reading the reviews, I was kind of scared to try it, so it's been sitting around since then. Finally decided to give it a try today.

A: Pours a dark and murky brownish orange color with a nice fluffy tan head.

S: Smell is not bad at all. Banana, freshly baked bread, fig, maybe some faint Belgian yeast, faint chocolate note. Smells pretty solid.

T: Oh no! Bad, bad, bad. I'm at a loss how a beer can smell this good and taste this bad. It's very sour upfront, but really not in a good way. A strange vinegary metallic twang punches you in the mouth right away and leaves notes of lemon rind, rusty spoons (maybe Salad Fingers would like this), and aspirin. Finish is bitter and grating. Avoid!

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Photo of HoistinBrews
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hi-Time has scored another Kiwi craft beer. From a 330 ml sealed cap, on to the beer:

Darkened carmel orange color with a fuzzy head of big bubbles. Solid frothing on the glass. The nose, weak. A little brown sugar and a little plum.

Is this supposed to be sour? It's interesting and unexpected, to say the least. White peach makes for an interesting flavor in this beer. Mildly tart, you could confuse this for a sour ale. There's also notes of raspberry. The malt and hops don't seem to be providing any noticable flavors, so this will have to do. Light-medium feel, probably a little light for the style and ABV.

A strange beer. I bought this because it was from New Zealand, not because Michael Jackson wrote about it.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
2.01/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottled 2010.

A: mahogany color, clear, big bubbles when poured that dissipated quickly
S: sweet, slight hints of oxidation, diacetyl
T: very disappointing, vinegary, very little malt qualities, infected?, definitely not Belgian-style abbey ale of any kind
M: vinegar

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Photo of July2Nov
2.41/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish-brown color with a 1/2 inch of lacing.

Smell: Apple sweetness with an off - funky smell of earthy origins.

Taste & Mouthfeel: This has a very strange sour like taste (not in a good way sour, either). Very acidic. Hard to even describe the taste with the overwhelming acidity.

Drinakbility: Drain pour...plain and simple...drain pour.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of tykechandler
3/5  rDev +1%

Benediction from Ben Middlemiss Brewing
Beer rating: 2.97 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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