Almanac Emperor Norton | Almanac Beer Co.

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Almanac Emperor NortonAlmanac Emperor Norton

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
All hail His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Norton I, of The United States and Protector of Mexico! A beloved 19th century San Francisco denizen, Emperor Norton was best known for issuing his own currency, calling for the overthrow of the Federal Government, and for prophesying a future bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland.

Emperor Norton is an eccentric ale brewed in his honor, blending a classic Belgian-style tripel with California-grown summer apricots and dry-hopped generously with Citra and Hallertau Blanc hops. Enjoy in the company of unconventional friends!

Added by largadeer on 05-10-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by Vylo:
Photo of Vylo
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of chrisjws
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Light orange, almost straw colored. Very cloudy. Nice two fingers of head. Exceptional lacing on the glass.
S: Apricots right up front, funky belgian yeast right in the background, some tropical fruits, lots of malt sweetness in the background
T: Apricots first and foremost, some funk, some tropical fruit and then finishing sweet with bready malts
M: Medium mouthfeel, coats the mouth with sweet fruity/malty tastes that linger. No carbonation bite at all.
O: Super easy drinking beer. If you want a fruit beer that doesn't taste artificial or overly sweet, this is exactly what you're looking for. It hits all the great parts of a fruit beer without the excess or fake that's so typical.

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Photo of tigg924
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap. Pours hazy gold in color with one inch head. Taste is pineapples and wet dank hops. Medium heavy bodied. Really did not get much tripel flavors at all. Decent, but nothing I would rush out to get again either.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has a big apricot nose suplemented with Belgian yeast stone fruit aromas, over ripe fruit, and traces of citus and biscuit. It pours hazy gold, releasing streams of tiny bubles rushing to refresh a 3" white to cream colored foam cap that takes 5 minutes to reduce to a thick, lacy film. Apricot and Belgian yeast flavors lead the attack lightly sweetened by honey and supported by a mild biscuit flavor. Over ripe fruit, banana, stone fruit and citrus flavors are slighly lower in intensity. A moderate hop bitterness emerges by mid-palate and carries through into the after taste where the beer dries slightly. the Belgian yeast flavors and texture moderate the hop bitterness a little. Mild, soft alcohol flavors come out as the beer warms. Emperor Norton has a very creamy medium body with light warming and slightly above average, soft carbonation. Overall the flavors are well-rounded yet interesting and complex.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If this were categorized as a Funky or Farmhouse Belgian IPA with Apricots, the scores would be higher.

Order with this in mind and you won't be disappointed. You'll actually be somewhat impressed!

Boom! Minds blown.

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Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SamuelR
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazed peach color with 3 fingers of fluffed up pearl colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention, never really clears up

S: Peach must, pears, some tartness

T: Pears, white grape, a little boozey apricot jam, some lemon zest as well up front. Sweet apricot as this warms along with dryness, slight tartnesss too, just a hint of pineapple. Finishes with apricot, a little honey, grapefruit & some bready notes with just a bit of grapefruit & peach

MF: Medium body, fluffy carbonation, a little grittiness that sort of enhances this

Drinks too easy, was really iffy about this one, but damn tasty!

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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a brisk golden yellow color with a carbonation rising at a moderate pace to fill a one finger white foamy head that died off ever so slowly to fill small valleys here and there. Ringed messy lacing ran here and there. The aroma leaned towards the IPA/DIPA side of the wheelhouse with some white pepper and a sweet lemon pulp and then some light apricots. Grassy sweet hops tickle some white grapes with a fresh oily scent to it. Light pine at the end. The flavor blends white grapes, the apricots and lemon pulp to the grassy sweet hops nicely. Pine is starting to becomes slightly stronger. Hop oils are becoming stronger too. Strong hop oily aftertaste with a dry white grape finish, but not vinous. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a medium carbonation, acceptable. Mild dryness seems inviting to the bitter hoppy portion over my tongue. Feels pretty good. Overall, nice Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of jason_nwx
2.79/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TruePerception
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almanac's Emperor Norton, dry-hopped tripel, brewed with apricots. 9% ABV.

A: 2 fingers of head. Clear, orange-yellow. Whitish, yellowish clear in the dimple. Decent lacing. Slight sheeting.

S: A bit of fuzzy apricot skin. Some piney, resiny hops. The two combine in an interesting way.

T/MF: Very crisp. A decent amount of dry, yellow apricot flavor. Hoppy towards the finish; lingers for quite a while. And almost minty flavors, sans cold feeling.

Not a lot to this one, but what is there works well together.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Absolut
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at blue palms.

Pours a dark orange

Smell is hop forward with a hint of apricot.

Taste is middle of the road- mAlt yeast Nd citrus

Overall a good beer. Taste is not in line with the nose.

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Photo of largadeer
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that retreated into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of passionfruit and gooseberries are present in the nose
T: The taste has flavors of gooseberries along with notes of passionfruit, citrus, and Belgian candi sugar with hints of spicy yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be quite unique as it had the hop aromas and flavors you would expect from an Imperial IPA but had an underlying sweet base with yeast that you would expect from a Belgian triple. It did a good job at masking the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dipso123
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small head, brief and little to no lacing, a bit hazy. Aroma is more alcohol than malt or hop. Taste starts with light citrus and goes to alcohol and heat fairly quick. Not one of the better Almanac efforts I've had. Can't recommend.

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Photo of Reedbrew
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good. Not very apricot flavor at first, though it becomes a bit more prominent as it warms up. A fairly high ABV that's definitely noticeable though not unpleasant. Not spectacular but if offered it, I'd have another.

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Photo of GratefulFC
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours, appropriately, a slightly hazy apricot color, with a one finger head and some lacing. Smell brings hops, citrusy and dank; also some yeast and apricots. Taste brings less hops than the nose, allowing the yeast and apricots to come through a bit more. The Hallertau hops are the more prevalent, the Citra hops fading. Also picking up some malt, a little caramel. Hop bitterness throughout. Crisp, smooth, a little dry.

This is a fine beer, giving it a good rating. Thought the apricot taste and aroma were really nice. Did not feel like this was, at any point, a Tripel. The hops were dominant enough, for me, to bury any Belgian feel. So, it's a good, apricot DIPA.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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