Tidings Belgian Style Ale | Port City Brewing

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Tidings Belgian Style AleTidings Belgian Style Ale
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Tidings Belgian Style AleTidings Belgian Style Ale

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by WMEugene on 11-19-2011

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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of ptat
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UPMD_Bill
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks amber/honey colored, almost opaque with tiny bubbles.
Smells/tastes sweet: clover honey and spice (cinnamon?) with slight citrus. Very little bitterness, more yeast than hops.
Feels a little sticky, but still easy drinking. Would definitely get it again!

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Photo of 88caprice
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall, really enjoyable! A focus on spice and sweet flavors.

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass.

Nice fizzy head that dissipated completely. Murky golden color. Smells of coriander mostly. Very fragrant. Spicy. A touch of alcohol. Tastes spicy. Coriander and something clove like. Belgian yeast characteristics. Fairly low bitterness. A fluffy mouthfeel.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a nice foamy head. Beer is a cloudy pale straw yellow. Good look but not similar to others of the type. Snell is good. Good spice notes like light ginger, sugar and Belgian notes. Honey too. Taste is pretty good. Honey note is a good undercurrent. Belgian spices and sugar. Very Christmasy. Light almost unnoticeable hop bitterness. Feel is heavy bordering on medium. Tingling carbonation. Overall, no regrets. Worth getting when it rolls around.

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Photo of dvmin98
2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PatrickCT
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, a great Holiday beer. With this much going on Port City managed to tame all the flavors into a cohesive ale that is festive and balanced. It hits all the holiday notes... wheat, with honeyed malts, spices of ginger and allspice, honey, with a honeyed mouth feel and a sufficient nip of alcohol. A world class Belgian Pale? No. But a wonderful beer to share on over the Holidays.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The festive bottle art is the most attractive thing about it. The lack of head and lacing is a big disappointment. Pleasing enough hazy goldenrod.

S: Sweet floral. Pink lemon, cardamom and honey.

M: Pretty bubbly gives off a dry sensation. I almost want to describe it as crisp, at least on the edges. Medium bodied. Not too much warming.

T: Ginger, honeyed grainy malt, black pepper. Also, roasted acorn squash and persimmon comes to mind with its sweet and cinnamon spice character.

O: I really went into this blind as I was expecting a darker seasonal, but I see this beer as going for niche. There are much better classical Christmas Belgians out there, so it misses the mark there. However, it provides a lighter, easier drinking alternative despite the relatively high abv. Comes across more as an autumn beer to me.

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Photo of Cindicameron
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of flavors, kind of strong, but would have again .

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Photo of RBorsato
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Pencible
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like ginger and nutmeg, with some grassy hops and coriander and spicy Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like ginger and nutmeg, with some grassy hops and coriander and spicy Belgian yeast. It had a clean and savory aftertaste.
M: It was oily with a little carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a nice beer with fairly simple but enjoyable scent and taste. The body was great, and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Not earth shattering, but highly drinkable winter brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had every intention of drinking this bottle around the holidays, but once again, the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody circumvented my best-laid plans. No time like the present, I suppose.

From the bottle: "Belgian style Ale Brewed with Honey and Spices"; "17.9 P original gravity [;] 3.1 P final gravity [;] 25 IBU bitterness units"; "Elevating Craft Beer"; "Tidings Ale is a strong Nelgian style blonde ale brewed with Maryland wildflower honey and Virginia wheat. These special ingredients store away the flavor and essence of summer to later warm us during the cold winter months. It is gently spiced with coriander, cardamom, fresh ginger and Grains of Paradise."

I Pop!ped the cap & commenced a very gentle pour since my bottle has some age on it. An in-glass swirl was enough to raise a brief finger of foamy, bone-white head that quickly fell away to wisps. Color was a brilliant Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, summoning forth The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus, all clamoring for a taste. Nose gave lie to the statement of "lightly spiced". The ginger was prevalent, but there was also a black pepper-like presence from the coriander. More like "heavily spiced". Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite spicy, but for a holiday ale of any style, I would be hard-pressed to dun it for this. The ginger was front and center, but then a black peppery spiciness crept in, followed by a honey sweetness. It was actually kind of sticky on my lips, which just happened to be smacking of their own accord. I would say that this was a good indication that I was enjoying it. The prevalence of the spices rendered it a dry beer overall, but again, nothing to dun it on.

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Photo of duvel1979
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeutralOverlookHotel
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngusOg
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on draft with lunch. Nicely spiced but not over done, keeping drinkability high. Besides the added spice, I get some light Belgian yeast spice, but finishes smooth with a nice slight sweetness. Maybe a touch undercarbonated for the style, but overall an enjoyable holiday brew.

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Photo of SpectrePLUS
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bubseymour
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 11/4 drinking on 11/20 (nice and fresh...less than 3 weeks. Nice cloudy yellow brew like a wheat beer. Small but high quality head. Really nice aroma of banana, clove, wheat/grain and some Belgian yeast notes. Taste is very peppery and heavily spiced. A little too much IMO to be truly enjoyable. Very heavy beer and rich mouthfeel. Strong Pale Ale is appropriate for this one. It finishes almost boozy from the spice and body. Still decent beer but not quite working out overall for me.

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Photo of DCgolfpro
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mississippi
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of m3rkury
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is straw with a bit of haze and very fine lacy head.

Smell is classic belgian: ginger, esters and just enough alcohol to let you know its there.

Taste is surprisingly crisp. Ginger/pepper notes with some coriander. Hint of yeast at the end with spiciness.

Good overall belgian/honey ale.

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Bottled on dating etched onto the bottle (11/10/2015)

Pours lite straw, wispy near white head, fine film and ample fine bits of lacing

Spicy nose with some ginger, Belgian yeasty,

More Belgian yeast notes with bubblegummy sweetness, light pepper, candi sugars..light and brightly flavorful. I love the style and this an enjoyable take on it

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Photo of LanceH
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stakebone
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear straw with some head retention. Aroma is spicy and sweet. Flavor is more nuanced with spiciness that keeps on giving. Mouthfeel is more tripel than Belgian strong ale with good balance and moderate bitterness. Great beer. Surprising from this brewery.

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Photo of osickeym
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Tidings Belgian Style Ale from Port City Brewing
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