Chateau øL
To Øl

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Belgian Pale Strong Ale
3.99 | pDev: 7.77%
Mar 08, 2021
Jun 19, 2016
Very Good
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Notes: We always like to imagine that all food and drinks could be beer, and especially that most precious and revered of substances, wine. So, we decided to produce a Belgian Tripel style beer that is aimed at replicating a crisp wine, using a “melody” of wine yeasts to ferment the beer. On top of this we chose to use Hallertauer Blanc hops for both kettle and dry hopping to produce the grape, pear like flavours we desired. A touch of Flaked Rye gives a spice kick, with the Pilsner malt base giving a clean finish that helps to balance the flavours.
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear dark amber hue with 2 inch frothy/bubbly off white head with good retention.
S: Vinous grape and grape juice, honeyed melon, with subtle earthy, sweet malt, and nutty notes.
T: Dry crisp grape juice, earthy spice, almond, honeyed malt, spicy grain (barley), pear, and a crisp dry white wine note.
M: Light body. Very dry and crisp. Subtle malt sweetness with delicate grape and pear. Lingers nicely on the palate. ABV is nearly to white wine levels and is well hidden.
D: The goal from the brewers was to make a beer that replicates a crisp wine. Overall, they did very well with that task. At times, it veers into more juice-like territory, but on the whole it stays the course.
Mar 08, 2021
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
05/23/20 bottle @ home
May 23, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by RBorsato from Virginia

Mar 28, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Jan 09, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Dec 25, 2019
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Reviewed by t420o from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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A - pour yields a 2-1/2 finger off white head atop a deep gold/light copper head. Head recedes to about 1 finger and remains there. Moderate lacing. 4

S - very subdued smell. White grapes, slightly funky, pear, light alcohol, Belgian yeast, slight spice. 4

T - sweeter than expected upfront and lingering throughout. White grapes, pear, spices, Belgian yeast, rock sugar, and earth hops. The alcohol is nicely hidden. I really like the vinous character but the sweetness takes away from the aspects I enjoy. Still very enjoyable 4

M - full bodies with medium carbonation. Great mouthfeel for a tripel. 4.25

O - well executed, but I do wish it wasn’t as sweet. I don’t see anything noting that sugar was added, so it comes as a surprise, but it’s still an excellent beer. 4

Dec 14, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
a unique belgian tripel type thats really vinous for not using wine grapes, slightly funky, but not fully wild more like wine lees conditioned in the bottle or something, with a really interesting fermentation profile that goes well beyond the classic belgian complexion, neat esters, heavy pear and australia or new zealand white wine with the tropical elements to it, sexy in that way, but the booze and the sugar here both end up being a lot, lively as this is in terms of carbonation and as light as the body is for what this is, it still feels like a ton of beer, a little fusel and quite sweet, especially with the perceived sweetness of the winey elements, pears like from the can, lots of cool esters too, mostly when it warms up, but its intense, and benefits very little from being as strong as it is, except maybe a perceived fanciness or something, it doesnt do anything for flavor or complexity. a little green and red apple and cider too, neat yeast character all the way through it, and the hallertau blanc hops are obvious in the finish, an orange twist or even orange liqueur note there too and a little funk. delicious beer, huge, lively, unique. these guys are near the top of the heap these days. this is well thought out and executed!
Oct 27, 2018
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Mar 27, 2017
Rated: 3.71 by Bandi from New York

Mar 12, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by smithj4 from New York

Mar 12, 2017
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: The beer is clear dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down leaving a collar around the edge, a pillow of bubbles in the center, and a short head on the surface in between, and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with notes of green grapes.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, but the green grape flavors are stronger and there are also notes of pears with hints of spices towards the finish. As the beer warms up. The spices subside and the green grape flavors become stronger.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied and a bit dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be closest to a Belgian Strong Pale Ale with some fruity notes of grapes and pears. The alcohol is relatively well hidden.

Serving type: bottle
Feb 15, 2017
Chateau øL from To Øl
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 11 ratings