Tidings Belgian Style Ale | Port City Brewing

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83
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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:
44
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 44
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Amyliz4 for grabbing a sixer of this at Rick's in Alexandria last night. Served in a mug.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a good white head and a good bit of lacing on the sides of the mug. Good retention as well and a thin cap throughout. The nose brings forward plenty of spice along with a bit of malt sweetness and honey. Light pepper, clove, and coriander. Flavor is a good mixture of malt sweetness and spice. Nice yeast presence. Medium body and slightly chewy. Good carbonation for the style. Quite nice for a Christmas ale.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Port City

Cloudy golden-yellow pour with a thin, bubbly head that sank to a small ringlet; minimal lacing. Light aroma of toasted grains and mild spice and fruity esters. Taste was a bit bland, Honey Nut Cheerios, light notes of ginger and coriander, herbal hops. More grainy than sweet. Light-medium body, fairly drinkable, but nothing that really stood out to me.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of billab914
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a thin white head scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma is strong with the spice and honey additions. I get an overwhelming ginger and coriander presence with a lighter honey sweetness. It's zesty and citrusy, but also feels a little medicinal at times. The additions were a little too domination for me.

The taste has more of the zesty, citrusy spices coming through in the front end. Towards the finish I get more of a malty, honey presence mixing with some balancing bitterness and belgian yeast spice. The spice additions are still a little dominating, but it the taste has more balance and range then the nose did.

The mouthfeel is a little heavier than average with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I thought it was a decent beer but not one of the better beers of the season. The spices and additions seemed a little too over the top for me at times, and a little medicinal.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Shane and Mike for this one.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger white head upon pouring. Not much rentention, ultimately reducing to a thin ring of foam. Not much lacing at all.

S: Quite spicy, with pepper, coriander, and cloves up front. There is a bit of lemon and orange in the middle.

T: Lots of orange and lemon upfront with more of the spices from the aroma, coriander and cloves. Has a slightly sweet finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, kind of light, but in a good way, especially at 7.8%. Extremely easy drinking.

O: Have tried a few others from Port City and this beer is by far the best one yet.

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Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Good amount of lacing on the glass, mild haze in the pale golden color

SMELL: Ginger, coriander, earthy spice, mild honey, grassy, estery, bready

TASTE: Crisp, smooth, medium body, warming alcohol, peppery, ginger, faint but bitter coriander, earthy hops, pineapple, nutty yeast, finishes semi-sweet and spicy

Love the angle (brewers intention) on what a winter seasonal can be. Enough spicing to say "holiday brew" but not enough to take over, love the level of alcohol as well ... warming but not something that will make you say goodnight.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this today at the brewery, $10.99/6er. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

a - Pours a murky pale golden-yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass and about two to three minutes of head retention.

s - Smells of wheat, coriander, lemon, pepper and spices, cloves, and light honey. Not as citrusy/lemony as their Optimal Wit, but the coriander and spices come out a lot more. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of coriander, spices, pepper, cloves, wheat, bready malts, light citrus and floral notes, and light honey. Again, heavy on the spices, and pretty nice.

m - Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A touch too carbonated, but still nice and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good beer. Tried after an Optimal Wit and while I think I like that one a little more, this is still pretty nice. This obviously had a ton more spices, while the Optimal Wit is more citrusy and lemony. Tons of coriander here and overall pretty easy to drink. Worth checking out.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle gifted by Thorpe429. Merry Christmas buddy!

The beer is golden yellow with just a slight haziness. The head is quite thin at the onset, fading to nothing within a minute or so.

The aroma brings an abundant serving of honey, followed by Christmas spices, a touch of coriander, lemons, sweet malt, hard candies.

The flavor Is sweet, with spices and a lasting honey flavor. I can already tell that one pint will be more than sufficient. Lingering notes of honey cough drops. Lacking a sufficient malt bill to support the honey and spice components, which should be subtle compliments to a tasty base beer, rather than overrun the beer in a cloying fashion.

The feel is thin with low carbonation. Too sweet and somewhat out of balance.

Overall, fun to try but not something I could recommend.

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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Christmas leftovers! Poured into a tulip glass, going back to the old neck of the woods.

A faint white head forms off the pour with soapy character. Settles down to a puck quickly. Body is a dull brass and hints of dark lemon on the edges with nice looking carbonation.

Nose is an interesting mix of Belgian sweetness and spices. Quite distinct from most spiced Belgian beers I've had. Nice touch, it's highly sweet clove and some cardamom it seems.

Mouthfeel seems a bit too weak and watery, it doesn't match the good assertive palate of chewy malts, sweet spices, and clove goodness. Flavors here are very nicely put together, and this feels like a distinct American version of the style which is a nice take.

Overall, not bad, I do like it. Even the boozyness factor is toned down quite nicely too. Nice job.

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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 GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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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4/5  rDev +9%

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

On draft at Churchkey DC, I've had every beer from this brewery, not my favorite from them, check out the Oktoberfest next year, hopefully it will just as good.

Beer is sort of gold with a thin tan head of small bubbles, no lacing, low carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is a little spice, nothing too much, mild overall.

Beer is light in body, mild spice, nice finish. A decent ale overall, I might have it again if it were at a party.

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

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Mike, fresh from the brewery. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy golden orange body with an initially fluffy, creamy white head. The dissipation was fairly standard, and it did leave some minor lacing and a thin foamy ring. Not at all what you'd expect for a typical "winter" beer, but Port City seems to be taking a different approach in style.

S: Lemon, wheat, coriander, clove, orange oils, white pepper and a bit of sweet honey/mead in the back end. It's a very light, airy smelling beer which I really do like about it. Well spiced and tons of aromas are going on, nicely done.

T: Zippy lemon and orange citrus notes up front, backed with a seriously nice wheat and pale malt backbone. The coriander and clove come in mid-palate and give this a very bright spicy character. The back end has some sweet honey notes and a touch of a peppery flavor.

M: Well carbonated, lots of tiny bubbles around the mouth giving the illusion of a very silky, smooth feel. Quite impressed, no off lingers or flavors - a sharp cut. For being 7.80% ABV this is dangerously well hidden.

Port City took a chance at doing something other than your traditional Belgian Strong Dark, Strong Ale or Winter Warmer style for the winter. A Belgian Strong Pale Ale? You just don't see that as a winter seasonal, but this works really well. It has a lot of Witbier spices with some warming winter-like spices that really make this beer shine. A fine attempt at their first one.

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