Boysen
The Commons Brewery

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
ABV:
10%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 12.4%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
49
From:
The Commons Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  3
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: Brewed for the 2012 Holiday Ale Fest, this was a Imperial Belgian Porter fermented with our yeast from De Dolle Brouwers, then finished with Boysenberries in the brite tank.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 49 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by vkv822:
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vkv822 from Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

on-tap @ Belmont Station.
taster glass, from notes.

"Boysen is a dark, strong, malt forward Belgian ale with dark fruits added during maturation. Chocolate notes create a foundation for the boysenberries and yeast esters to ride on."

Black, with a creamy, light tan head.

The aroma has berries upfront with a light chocolate backing.

Again, berries upfront in taste, but with a more prominent/balanced dark chocolate malt profile.

Medium+ body with mild, prickly carbonation.

The boysenberries really blend nicely with the chocolate malt character. The ABV is really noticeable, despite being so high.

Feb 19, 2013
More User Reviews:
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CUBeerBuff from Washington

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jan 17, 2016
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cultclassic89 from Texas

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 01, 2015
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More_betterness from California

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 06, 2015
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MaximumYuks from Oregon

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 12, 2015
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kamikazeokami from Oregon

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 27, 2015
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shook81 from Oregon

4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 27, 2015
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AleHunter805 from California

3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Feb 27, 2016
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zak333 from California

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 23, 2016
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t2grogan from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 04, 2016
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Anaxagoris from Washington

4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 09, 2015
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Harvest06 from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark purple in color. High carbonation.
S: Pleasant aromas of boysenberry, chocolate and dark fruits.
T: Sweet up front with sweet fruit and berry, carbonation and chocolate in the middle, finish is slightly dry with lingering sticky sweetness.
M: Medium body. High carbonation. Creamy.
O: A very good job of incorporating boysenberries into a chocolaty style Belgian strong dark.

Mar 01, 2015
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TheWiltChamberlainofipas from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 27, 2016
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floyd_pugman from California

2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark with a creamy head. Nose is predominantly chocolate, sweet boysenberry, and bread. Palate starts with boysenberry and moves quickly to bittersweet chocolate, with a cough syrup finish. Lingering aftertaste of boysenberry cough syrup and belgian yeast. Hardly a drain pour, but if deciding whether to buy, I'd pass.

Mar 07, 2016
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dirtylou from New York

4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap @ the brewery

Served in a Commons tulip - very dark, minimal head. Nicely layered beer - chocolate, berry, yeasty esters, booze. I thought the boysenberry was well played and was a nice play on the style. Would have grabbed a bottle, but this is tap only i believe. Nice stuff.

Apr 23, 2013
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nickfl from Florida

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is an interesting and unique beer, but not in a good way. The appearance is pleasant enough, dark with a good head. The aroma is also fine, one dimensional with strong, but bland fruit, but not offensive. It is only when you taste it that you realize you have made a grave mistake. There is nothing but fruit here and while huge loads of fruit character can be great in certain beers, when executed properly, this is just not right. The berries are cloying, syrupy sweet and dull, lacking in any acidity (or anything else for that matter) that would balance or make the fruit pop. It would make a better berry soda than beer and it would still be an awful soda, it is like drinking artisinal, locally made boysenberry cough syrup. To be clear, this seems more like a failure of vision than a failure of execution; I think they made exactly what they intended, its just something that never should have been made.

Aug 04, 2015
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kemoarps from Washington

3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Pours much darker than I'd expected with a nearly black opaque body topped by a soft yet massive head that I swear has a purplish tinge to the tan colour, but that could also be my imagination.

Nose right off the bat reminds me though that this is not some old ale or barleywine as the fruit is the first distinct flavour to escape its carbonated prison. Initial impressions are almost more cherry medicine than true berry but after this first wave the follow up is more dedicated to the berry brigade. Under this is a sturdy body of grains and yeast

Flavour gives much of its canvas up this secondary component as it starts out a kind of nondescript grainy maltiness with hints at the finish of alcohol and I guess there's a brief flash of fruitful sweetness that jumps through the headlights before disappearing again into the shadows.
As it warms, the alcohol and slight nondescript sweetness combine not to bring forth the flavours hidden in the fridgid initial invitation, but to overwhelm the tongue and underwhelm the drinker. There's some tobacco and leather hidden, and it actually reminds me of some disappointing old ales I've had moreso than any sort of Farmhouse and any nod to boysenberries is perfunctory at best.

The plentiful carbonation keeps it bright and dancing and the rest of the body between the bubbles is quite luxuriant and satiny. Definitely the high point for me.

All in all this is a big miss for me. My parents gave me a hard time about picking up a fruit beer but I defended my choice hoping the boysenberries would balance with blah blah blah (I love berries. Boysenberries are on the upper half of my list of choice berries). There's just not much there for me to enjoy. Oh well. Live and learn.

Aug 28, 2016
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GRG1313 from California

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

May 24, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich and malty with an excellent berry flavor. I'd call this a fruit flavored beer rather than any sort of Belgian style. There is a little of the dry yeasty finish, but not much Belgian flavor. Color is a murky purply brown.

It's very malty but not overly sweet. Quite sippable and strong, but the alcohol doesn't detract from the pleasure. An interesting example of the really big fruit brew. from the 750 capped (thank you) bottle purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland.

May 22, 2015
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sweemzander from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 21, 2016
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pour is really dark almost black and opaque with a light tan head. Nose has a faint grain, a bit of sweet malt, some stale grain, a slight plastic caramel aroma, and faint touch of berry. Flavor is overly sweet and malty, candied sugars and stale grains, light farmhouse yeast and some dark fig and berry in the finish but tastes sugary. Full bodied with high carb.

May 14, 2015
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Kopfschuss from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Feb 26, 2013
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Mages64 from Washington

4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 14, 2016
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sclitch from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Jan 05, 2014
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Rick778 from California

3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jan 25, 2016
Boysen from The Commons Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 49 ratings