Plan B | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour Mash Belgian Dark Ale with Black Currants (Brewed in Collaboration with Half Acre).

Added by JoEBoBpr on 02-11-2012

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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of madelf66
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a dense black body that glows a hint of walnut brown at the base of the glass, there is a thin meniscus of beige film that sticks to the glass.

S- There is a dark berry hint that blends with some dark toffee notes and then more roasted malt notes cover the fruit character as it opens

T- The earthy flavor with a soft berry note with a fruity yeast note and some cola notes in the finish. There is a slight vinous and resin note in the finish and some darker roast malt flavor come through as it opens.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a good little fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This is a well-balance beer but the flavors that are there are a bit subtle and get covered by the roasted malt notes as it opens up.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take at a BSDA with black currants

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped bottle. Brown label with the name of the brew made by tape coming from an audio cassette. Notes bottling on 1/2012, and 8.0% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown pour, fair frothy head, medium to low retention, fair surface memory and small touches of lacing.

S - Good nose with a fruity and yeasty sense insinuating malt.

T - Malty, soft fruity sweetness, black currants come through with some acidity but flowing well as it goes back to some yeasty Belgian touches.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, and a slightly acidic touch. Rather direct and constant in its flow.

O - Nice flow with a fruity sense, bordering on a tiresome hint but never crossing there.

Notes: Glad to try it, not sure about the nature of the collaboration, and while nice it is not that remarkable. Good quality brew in any case.

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Photo of Pencible
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy roasted barley and copper, with a little currants and grassy yeast.
T: It tasted like fresh currants and roasted earthy barley, with bitter copper and sour grassy yeast. It had a dirty earthy aftertaste.
M: It was thick with subtle carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This wasn't a very compelling brew. The scent and taste were less than enjoyable. The body was very nice and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Just not worth it at all.

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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Sludgeman
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Jamison85
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of birchstick
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a white head. Nose is sweet fruits and candy malts. Taste is nice, with sugary malts uP front and through the middle. A bit of a berry vinous flavor shows up and is rounded off with some currant spicy sweetness. Mouth is smooth and full. Really solid brew here. I wish the nose was better, bit the palate delivers. I have had this a couple of times and like more each time I try it.

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Photo of ncelauro
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Florida9
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown in color but still a little translucent. Forms a thin light tan head, though it's not much more than a surface coating. Very light lacing.
Aroma is borderline offensive: metallic and vegetal. Thankfully the flavor is much better with notes of dark malts, dark fruit, a slight bit of coffee, and something approaching sourness. Medium bodied with a slightly slick feeling to it. Mild bitterness. Overall this beer is off and something just isnt right with it.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of homebrew311
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown, minimal tan head, no lacing

S: nose is rather vegetal which is pretty gross for the style, some fruit skin is present and a touch of metallic character

T: taste has earthy character with a considerable amount of fruit which provides a bit of tang and spice, better than the nose, very unique

Mf: light body, high carbonation

O: overall, the word I would use to describe this is weird. Lots of sweetness along with some veggie quality... Not delicious

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Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Chaney
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just put a B & W pic of this beer entitled "Plan B From Outer Space." I guess you've gotta be an Ed Wood fan to appreciate.

Served in a 3 Stars snifter.

A: Dark, dark brown, with less murkiness than I was expecting and a slight 1/8 finger head.

S: Disappointing on this front. Not much, maybe some toasted grain and malt.

T: Nice, with almost a Belgian yeast quality to it but not quite.... only on the front part. I did some research: Black currants can supposedly be VERY overpowering. This brew was quite subtle, so I guess that's a testament in and of itself. However, for the price, I was expecting more complexity.

M: Nice mouthfeel: Spritzy enough, not sticky in any way, without being watery at all, and it didn't lace the palate either.

O: I'm so glad Perennial is now available in my area. This was my first brew and it won't be my last. This was okay.

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Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of BT_Bobandy
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Plan B from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 112 ratings