Tidings Belgian Style Ale | Port City Brewing

BA SCORE
83
good
127 Ratings
Tidings Belgian Style AleTidings Belgian Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States
portcitybrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WMEugene on 11-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
127
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Stakebone
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
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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4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler purchased today - the 1st day of its availability at the Port City Brewery.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a thick head that dissolves to a thin ring with noticeable lacing.

S - Smell of yeast, spice, and fruits. Touches of wheat in the nose as well.

T - It has that traditional Belgian style flavor. A nice blend of spices (I picked up the cardamon and coriander flavors) and sweetness. Fresh and a little on the complex side, which is nice.

M - Thin to medium bodied, nice carbonation level. Smooth finish and a slightly spicy aftertaste.

O - Tidings is the second straight great seasonal from Port City. It's a very fresh and tasty take on the style. Available in bottles and draft, I look forward to having this several more times this season...well done!

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of delta490
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-poured out a deep clear gold. Minimal head or retention.

S-honey and spices are abundant in the aroma

T-has a certain tangy quality to it. The spices, honey, malt and earthy hops blend quite well

M- thinner and smooth. Fits the flavor profile well

O-an full flavored holiday ale that doesn't overwhelm with its flavors

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4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
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 AngusOg
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
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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4.1/5  rDev +12%
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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4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cardamom and other spices are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with lots of spicy flavors—coriander and cardamom stand out in particular—and finishes with some sweetness from the honey and some notes of ginger.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very interesting and complex—I liked how the honey helped to balance things off and prevent this from being overly spicy.

Serving type: on-tap

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

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4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Tidings Belgian Style Ale from Port City Brewing
3.66 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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