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Divine Oculust | Harriet Brewing

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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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.67/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a tulip in a bar in St. Paul, Minnesota. Reviewed from notes. I didn't have any expectations. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and awful retention. Semitransparent gold colour.

Sm: Must, hops, and barley. Moderate in strength and bland.

T: Mild handful of hops, milky caramelized malt, and plain boring barley as a foundation. It's a bit simple, and boring at that. It's decently balanced and built, but why brew this?

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some sharpness - perhaps overcarbonation. Kind of complementary of the flavours, but certainly not tailored to them.

Dr: Drinkable but boring. I'd never get it again. Even fans of the style will likely find it disappointing. Drink and forget, lads. Drink and forget.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of morimech
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Was not planning on drinking this the night I bought but the growler started leaking. Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of head that fill the tulip glass beautifully. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. A lot of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

At first I pick up a lot of fruity esters. Hints of pears, bananas, and grapes. But eventually some spicy phenols sneak in as well. Can pick up the pale malt with hints of bread and grains. This could fool me into thinking it was from Belgium.

The flavor starts of fruity with a semi-dry malt flavor but eventually the phenols sneak in and take over in the finish. Not quite as vinous as many Belgian examples tend to be, but still a lot of esters to round out the flavor. Hints of pears and cloves. No sign of alcohol.

Full and rich body. The carbonation is spot on so I am glad I did not put off drinking the growler until later.

I tend to judge American examples of Belgian styles more harshly, but this almost is there as far as fooling me it came from Belgium. One of the better New World examples of the style.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at tap room.
Poured into snifter type glassware with a less than inch head that receded surprisingly quickly. The cap covered a golden ale that was slightly cloudy.
Nice doughy quality to the aroma. I like the yeast they use. It is nicely balanced with soft yeast and soft spiciness. It's an enjoyable balance.
Flavors are reasonably complex. Malt is more straight pale malt but it does take on a slight doughy quality later. Hopping also shows later in a soft flavor and then a soft but assertive bitterness that lingers nicely through a long and soft (there I go using that word again) dryness on the finish. Soft fruits (light colored) and hints of spiciness. Minimal alcohol flavor or even warming, surprising considering the abv.
Really clean quality, especially for an ale.
Moderately light body a tad on flatter side for style (no problem for me).
I like Harriet's beers and this one is no exception. Enjoyable product. Soft flavors all around that blend nicely.

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Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of ystazi
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Divine Oculust from Harriet Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 86 ratings
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