Almanac Emperor Norton
Almanac Beer Co.

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Belgian IPA
3.87 | pDev: 8.01%
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Almanac Emperor NortonAlmanac Emperor Norton
Notes: 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!
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 92
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3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, Belgian yeast, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, nail polish remover, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, nail polish remover, earth, dried apricot, and Belgian yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the aromas and flavors are an odd mix of fruit, dry hop, Belgian yeast, and nail polish remover characteristics that clash with each other somewhat.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow amber with a gargantuan pile of foam in the narrow Kolsch glass. A very sharp and zingy mouthfeel. Fruity scent with an unusual hoppy and flowery note.

This is one of the more unusual beers I've tasted in a long time, but that's a good thing. I simply could not fathom what's in this stuff without reading the label. Dry hopped with Citra and Hallertau Blanc. But it's apricots for sure, starting out with the sweet taste of dried fruit and then the tart finish. The alcohol is kind of a sledge hammer after a few sips.

This is a dry and fruity brew with a hot taste of alcohol. It makes me think of the Eau de Vie fruit brandies. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden with a fluffy white head that slowly faded into a fuzzy collar. A sticky network of lace was left down the glass.
S: Very fresh, fruity, and fragrant hoppy notes of pine, weed, apricot, brussel sprouts, and a slight solventy scent that I’m not sure how to describe.
T: Apricot is prominent alongside notes of phenolic Belgian yeast and mild peppery spice. I still get hints of cooked vegetable, dank and herbal hops, and sweet and bready base flavors. The finish is lightly bitter with a lingering sweetness and peppery spiciness in the aftertaste. The weird solvent quality is still there but I still can’t put my finger on it.
M: Medium-full body, slick and lightly greasy mouthfeel, soft and tingly carbonation. Drinks well.
O: Nice and hoppy with a clean and sweet fruity quality to it. Not my favorite though, but a solid and hoppy take on a tripel.

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4.41/5  rDev +14%
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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Almanac Emperor Norton from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 92 ratings