Boysen | The Commons Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Commons Brewery
Oregon, United States
commonsbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by vkv822 on 02-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
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0
Gots:
3
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0
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Photo of PZBREW
4.79/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nailed it. Fruit, beer and yeasts are very good. All around veey good.

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Photo of Mages64
4.62/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zak333
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SeaAle
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Harvest06
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of shook81
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jason_nwx
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtylou
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pretty, big head, good retention, some lacing
S: fruity roasted malts
T: on par with the smell, very fruity back end
M: right where it should be for this beer, can't believe the ABV is right
O: very good dark fruity beer. Glad I tried it for sure

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Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of More_betterness
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of MaximumYuks
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of notchucknorris
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark brown color with a thin mocha colored head that slims down to a ring on the surface pretty quickly.

S: Definitely a strange mix of things going on here. Not really picking up much of a boysenberry note to this at all. Lots of dark chocolate, belgian yeast, maybe a little wood mixed with blackberry and a touch of baking spice.

T: Again, the berry note in here is pretty lost on me. Tastes is way more along the lines of a BSDA. Some dark bread crust, dark chocolate and maybe some charred wood. On the finish, there is just a trace of berry jam, almost like if you burnt a piece of toast and then tried to cover up the char with a ton of jam. Definitely way more dry than I was expecting. Not a bad beer by any means, but it is a peculiar mix of things in here and the result is a little dull.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Boysen from The Commons Brewery
3.58 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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