Divine Oculust | Harriet Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harriet Brewing
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 02-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
12.78%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.84/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of xmorgan
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Has this at Señor Womg in St Paul

Smell: Faint and fruity with the belgium yeast coming througha little light on the scent side but the style is like that

Appearance: gden and very pale, clear with very little foam and no lacing

Taste: crisp and fruity with very little alcohol coming through. Tasty and it hides its 8.5% very well

Overall: very nice and quite drinkable,

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy amber under a 2” foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: banana, caramel, herbal and spice aromas waft from the glass.
T: Attacks with big fruit flavors beginning towards pineapple and peach before moving towards banana seasoned with light herbs and spices.
F: Creamy medium light body and above average carbonation.
O: An easy to drink Belgian Golden Ale that hides its alcohol well.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color and an impressive Belgian head that leaves an abundance of lace

Smell: Bubblegum, pear and clove esters

Taste: The biscuity malt underpins the esters that were detected in the aroma with candi sugar adding sweetness by mid-palate; a little bit of hoppy bitterness is detectable just after the swallow, but the finish has a nice blend of the sweet and spicy elements

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with high carbonation and some warmth from the ABV

Overall: These guys know their Belgian brewing technique; a first class domestic example of the style

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.44/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of intensestout
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was given a growler of Divine Oculust Belgian Golden Strong by my brother, who had tried it at the brewery.

Pours a hazy orange/gold color with tiny carbonation bubbles and about 1/2 a finger of white, airy head.

The aroma is similar to many Belgian-style beers, which I discern as notes of banana and bubblegum. However, there is also an interesting (and unexpected) apricot note to it as well.

This beer has a pretty significant apricot flavor. So much so, that it could be confused for an apricot ale, if you didn't know otherwise. As someone who enjoys Apricot Ale, this is a positive. It has a light lingering finish, without too much warming from the alcohol. In fact, I wouldn't have guessed that this was a nearly 9% beer from tasting it. This beer goes down easily enough that you could have a few pints without thinking much about it.

Divine Oculust makes me excited for what Harriet Brewing is going to bring to the MN craft beer market. I didn't have high expectations going into this, given the newness of the brewery, but I would absolutely buy this beer again and recommend it to others.

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4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint from the bar at Tilia in Minneapolis. Wow, this surprised me. It tastes like the best I've tried of Unibroue's strong pales. There's a rich spice, but with a stronger, cutting bitterness that makes this beer distinctly American. This ale can hang with the best of Belgium, but offers a stateside twist with the spicy hops kicking in with the herbal spice of the yeast. Despite the strength it feels like and effervescent thanks to spot-on carbonation. Find this beer and enjoy.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Harriet Brewing Divine Oculust, whatever that might be, (an opthalmologist of the soul, perhaps? Belgian-style Strong Golden Ale.

Pours a hazy dark golden, it's too laden with yeast to cast a true golden hue, somewhere between amber and orange, this with a nice, big pure white head, that slims down, but stays steady.

Aroma: some sweetness, but mostly Belgian yeast funk, and malt. Fruity esters, some apricot and peach, orange rind riding under, minor hops, very much in the style of a Belgian pale ale.

Taste: Big and fruity, large malt flavor, really dominates the palate with light but predominant fruit character. Some bitter hops character rides the palate, but doesn't intrude or take charge, just sits in and says a few things. Yeasty, malty Belgian character is the main factor, the body is medium, and it's leaning on pretty damned tasty. That's the thing, truly. Although, not quite as crisp and delicate as a real Belgian golden, like Duvel, and really leaning towards a triple. Above all, it's definitely delicious. Sweet-ish, wild, crazy, funky, fresh, and zesty, too. I come close to calling it yummy. Heck, who knows, I just might. Yum, yummy, yum, yum. Me likey.

Alcohol comes in strong after a bit, but it drinks down with ease, all the same.

Here's what I love. They 're causing a genuine stir, and getting neighborhood folks in their doors to pick up a growler of a beer like this, many of whom may not understand the style, or perhaps have never taken the plunge into Belgians. This is their stepping stone. They are brought in by the idea of partaking in the new local good and service, the novel idea of an actual brewery in their neighborhood, but making these somewhat esoteric styles. Someone takes one home for the family dinner because they heard about it, and thinks, "this is beer?" It's their first Belgian style ale, and maybe they'll check out the real stuff, and keep going back to Harriet and fostering their progress, and allowing them to keep making great small batch Belgian-styles, just for this community.

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4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first time out at the brewery last week. I was able to walk with the gf from her house only a few blocks. That was pretty awesome.
Pretty chill place to fill growlers, sit on couches and drink beer/ talk with the brewers.

Poured from the growler into a stemless wine glass.
Head at first was fairly thick, creating about an inch of white. Quick to recede with only a small ring around the collar.
Color is true to style, presenting a brilliant golden color with a bit of unfiltered yeasty haze.
Aroma is divine, just as the tittle of the beer would assume it to be.
Straw, barnyard funk, malt, banana and cloves. Sweet and fruity with a little of that typical belgian sourness.
Taste is almost identical to aroma, except with more fruity sour funk and yeasty bread flavor.
Slightly peppery too.
Mouthfeel is providing quite a bit of carbonation tickle, but also balancing with a little slickness.

Overall this is one of the better, if not top 3 best in style for me. Not usually a fan of this style really. But I do like this one.
Had it on-tap a few times at the nile in its altered orange peel versions. I did seem to like those much better. but this is still a fantastic beer.
So pumped that I can walk a few blocks and pick it up, be greeted at the door and get fantastic locally brewed beer.

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4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a growler

A- pours a hazy golden sunset color with a nice head and a fresh collar..with lacing on the glass

S- is golden and fresh.. bananas and clove mixed with fruits like oranges and apricots .so fresh

T- is fresh fruits..bananas and peach oranges .. mix with malts oh and yes some hops are front and center..clove and apples finish this off

M- is burst and fresh with loads pf belgian flavor..very nice

D- such a beautiful brew so fresh so good so delicious

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