Tidings Belgian Style Ale | Port City Brewing

Tidings Belgian Style AleTidings Belgian Style Ale
BA SCORE
3.68/5
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
Ranking:
#29,851
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
127
pDev:
11.68%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
22
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of Pencible
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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 +12.5%
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 -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeutralOverlookHotel
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngusOg
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
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 -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bubseymour
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of m3rkury
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +8.4%
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 -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stakebone
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
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 +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Santiagocpr
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerimthere
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ale_Dog
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love this style. A little flat but nice
Tastes like a spiced saison

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of raindog814
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, pale, honey gold coloring with a clingy, foamy, white head. Aromas of honey, lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove. Balanced and inviting. Flavors are spice heavy forward, with clove, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg dominating. Solid follow of lemon, honey, and a subtle Belgian funk. Balanced and tasty, on a light, smooth body. The aftertaste is more of the spice blend, with a subtle linger through a frothy, effervesced finish.

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Photo of Wattie
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of obywan59
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first sampling of a Port City brew.

A hazy golden verging on pale orange in color with a 2 finger off white head that recedes rather quickly to a ring around the glass and a bit of patchy film on the surface. Light carbonation.

Spice in the forefront, mainly coriander and ginger, with light honey and doughy bread.

Ginger and coriander and honey on the tongue as well, with some light tart wheat and a not quite acrid bitterness.

Crisp and peppery. Light to moderate in body with warming alcohol. Drying on the palate.

A nice winter warmer for a frigid winter night. Tasty with decent balance. Just a hint of cloy, but that's a Belgian for ya.

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Photo of Sarahaldelynn
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, honey-yellow color with no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Strong notes of honey and clover and clove, but not much in the way of malt or hops. There’s some Belgian yeast aromas there, imparting notes of straw and a little barnyard funk, but the predominate aroma is honey.

Taste: Very Belgian saison- or triple-like. Tons of Belgian yeast, providing lots of clove, bubblegum, coriander, and some black pepper, all under a honey backbone.

Mouthfeel: Thin to almost watery. No carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7.8%, there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer, but not what I was expecting for a Christmas/Winter beer. There’s some good Belgian yeast notes and honey, but I was expecting a darker beer loaded with winter-like spices. Belgian fans should like this.

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Tidings Belgian Style Ale from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 127 ratings
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