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:
44
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very pale straw color - we're practically talking light beer territory. The head is impressive, though; at three fingers high with good retention and a creamy texture, it really creates an aesthetically pleasing brew. Some patches of lacing are left behind, which is somewhat unusual for a BSPA.

S: Holy freaking spices. Not just the usual suspects - i.e. coriander and cinnamon - but also notes like oregano, black pepper, ginger, and thyme. It's the coriander, in particular, that's striking me the hardest. There isn't much of anything when it comes to malts or esters: their neutrality seems to suggest a desire of showcasing the spicing more than anything. Certainly an interesting nose, if not a great one.

T: To the surprise of no one with a working nose, the flavor is spicy as well. Just a hint of malt sweetness opens it up, before the spice profile comes down like a damn hammer. Coriander, ginger, cinnamon, oregano, you name it, it's here. It's strong enough to give the finish a surprising bitterness. What ultimately rules, however, are the honey notes suddenly appearing. A reasonably good brew that could use a bit more balance.

M: Doesn't seem to have the dryness or zesty carbonation of a typical BSPA. The honey really comes through on the feel: it gives both a lingering sweetness and a building dryness. It is pretty drinkable for nearly 8%, then again, it freaking SHOULD be.

O: Interesting. While it's ultimately too sweet to really succeed as a BSPA, it does do a decent job of showcasing the spices. A few tweaks will make this one really good.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Review on tap, 12/16:
Overall rating of 3.5 stood, but digging into the craft of it, appreciate the makeup of the beer.

Cloudy yellow, looks a tad on the dirty side. Medium thin rim, no lacing.

Smell of Belgian yeast Hefe - and interestingly nice combo, with the wheat coming out nicely. Honey is also noted, bit the added spices are a very nice accent. Kept appreciating the nose more and more.

Taste combines the notes differently, and unfortunately they crash together a tad. Specifically the yeast and spices fight a bit too much. The lighter feel with a tad more carbonation than is relatively needed doesn't help. The spices come out strong mid taste, so this has that holiday brew aspect to it.

Maybe just a bit too much attempted here. To my palate, Belgian yeasts only work in cleaner situations, and this one has a bit too much going on all at once to work for me.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
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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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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2.71/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served on tap in D.C. It's pretty rare that I don't want to finish a beer. This was one of them. Way to much of a peppermint taste. Almost had a medicinal taste or a toothpaste taste. Maybe it just wasn't my style of beer but I can not recommend it.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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