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Retribution | Greenbush Brewing Company

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3.85/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
greenbushbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by monitorpop on 10-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,405
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
76
pDev:
9.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Fanhitter:
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3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.14.2012 at Ashley's Westland on draft.

Looks like a Guinness in the glass; has more to do with the lighting in here, as in actuality, its got a nice deep dark brown color to it. The head dissipates rather quickly, but when this beer arrived, at first glance, it was a dead ringer for the black gold.

Smells very nutty and floral, like a mild Belgian brew sans the sourness. An earthy aroma is present as well, followed by mild malty smells.

Tastes very nutty and light, a mild saffron flavor comes through an otherwise densely cocoa/malt/weak coffee note. This is a unique beer to say the least; a burp brings up a roasted chestnut flavor that is blatantly sweet. The finish is rather dry and bites as a high ABV should.

For a brew crowding 9%, this is exceptionally smooth. I have a feeling a bottling of this might be a bit tougher to get down, but this is easy drinking. It reminds me of an imperial porter but lighter and a tad syrupy.

Overall, this beer is a great "starter" before moving onto other beers. I don't think I'd order this if I've already had a few. However, it is sitting nicely as an end-of-the-week beer, before I get home and pour another. This is one where the flavor profile is worth tasting, and after letting a buzz settle in, would be a waste. I dig the subtle flavors here, and would chalk this one up to a one-beer sitting, rather than throwing this one in on a night where I'd drink multiple brews.

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More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of warnerry
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep amber with three fingers of creamy tan head. Head has good retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

S -- Candi sugar, nice dark fruits, some Belgian yeast, a bit of chocolate. The brewery describes this as a hybrid Belgian ale. I'm assuming they mean a hybrid between a dubbel and a bsda based on the aroma.

T -- Candi sugar up front, with Belgian yeast, some chocolate and dark dried fruits. A bit of spice leads into a rather dry, slightly bitter finish. Nice.

M -- Medium slightly sticky mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish.

O - An interesting and tasty Belgian style ale. Greenbush seems to have a good handle on some diverse styles, which is a good foundation for a new brewery. I look forward to trying more from them.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of rolandboy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Shadteks
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jduprey007
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oso
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Farmhouse, served in a 12 oz. Duvel-esque glass.

Appears black with tawny brown edges in the dim light, rusty auburn and opaque when backlit. Ample head of tan foam, lacing some initially. Lasting retention, fades to a thin broken skim.

Yeasty phenolics, some apple sweetness and spiciness, caramelized sugars.

Bitter earthy taste, a little toasty, finishing dry. Alcohol isn't completely hidden, mouthfeel is a little rough with coarse carbonation and slight alcohol presence. Overall its warming on a cool night, and pretty good flavor wise, but not one i'd seek out again.

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Photo of DCdevyl78
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 11/15/16, had 12/12/16. Have had this a few times before.

Pours a medium amber that's a bit reddish in the light, fairly clear, with a half inch head and some foamy lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, malt, some caramel, a light spiciness, a little cola. The taste also leads with the malt, then spices- can't put a finger on specific ones, malt, caramel, a little chocolate. Some bitterness throughout. Smooth, well carbonated, a good body- maybe a touch light for the style.

Really want to like this a lot and rate it higher- it's good and enjoyable, but there's just something missing. That said, it's still well worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Retribution from Greenbush Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 76 ratings
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