1825 | Greenbush Brewing Company

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Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by SmartyPints on 12-13-2011

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of cfrances33
2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Mark in South Bend on 8/10/12, served in a tulip.

Pour: Mostly clear golden, with two fingers white head. Slight lacing.

Smell: Light Belgian yeast. A hefty amount caramel malt.

Taste: Caramel malt, and light bready Belgian characteristics, but this beer is seriously lacking. When my gf tasted it, and she is no be slouch. her comment was "this tastes like regular beer" I unfortunately agreed.

Mouthfeel: A sipper, which is disappointing given its poor taste.

Overall: Not that good.

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Photo of NateMac13
2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beejay
2.92/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: A murky brown color with a tan head.

S: Caramel sweetness, with rough alcohol, light clove, and the smell of unfermented extract wort. Fruity finish with apricot and more clove.

T: A caramel malt mess. Lots of fruit, but mixed in is an almost burnt caramel flavor, and it's not great. Raisins, and cloves show up in a cloying finish

M: Medium thick, with fairly active carbonation. An odd slickness in the finish.

O: Overall this is a malt bomb mess for me. The Belgian character and the malt don't go well together for me. The bottle says it is a Belgian style golden ale with a little something special. No mention to whatever that special thing is, but this brew is a big miss for me. This is only the second beer from this brewery that I have had, and both have been real rough.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at the taproom and shared with Jason upon arrival in Madison Heights.

A - A white, quick-dissolving, wispy head settles to a thin ring of bubbles. Hazy copper body with with visible carbonation streams present.

S - Phenolic and spicy, with notes of bandaid, apples, alcohol, sugary malt, and a touch of herbal hops that also have a faint vomit character.

T - Taste is superior, as the unpleasant bandaid and vomit flavors are thankfully gone. Mostly Belgian yeast, bread, a bit of candi sugar, and a lightly medicinal finish. More of a Belgian Amber than a Dark.

M - Smooth texture, medium-full body, lower carbonation, and some definite warming alcohol. No major issues, but does little to enhance the beer either.

D - A thoroughly mediocre Belgian Strong Ale that suffers from a mildly unpleasant aroma. I'd skip this offering until Greenbush gets a better handle on Belgian yeast.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Beginner2
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a pretty good example of a smaller, successful brewer not sticking to its knitting.
That said, 1825 is not a botch... but close. This young brewer has grown so fast that it should take this beer as their lesson to stick to their knitting.

Simply stated: it is very hard for a brewer that relies on hops to distinguish itself in the market and, then, to develop the distinct yeast that makes Belgians. Belgo-philes like me don't enjoy tasting too many other brewers' experiments, really their ventures into foreign styles.

While 1825 is a tasty ale to start, it is not a good one. While it does mask its alcohol well, there is very little fruitiness in the nose or taste. And in my mouth, a slight coating is forming... perhaps to protect itself from a brewer that simply does not know how to do Belgians well.

Advice? Stick to your knitting.

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Photo of emerge077
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours languidly into a tumbler glass, hard to generate much of a head, but there was about an eighth of an inch there momentarily. Foam quickly subsides, leaving a thin ring around the edges, no lacing. Tawny amber orange color, somewhat hazy.

Bubblegum and clove aromas, kind of a stereotypical "Belgian" aroma.

Spicy flavors, big on the phenolics, lasting clove in the aftertaste, low level pepper bitterness. Viscous body, low carbonation. Not a fan of the mouthfeel, a bit slick and coating, needs more carbonation. Overall not a total waste, it's not deeply flawed, just not appealing to personal taste. However i'm not sure about finishing it.

Thanks for this one Eric!

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3.2/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden brown with good clarity and carbonation. Nice off white fluffy head leaving nice lacing and spots on the glass. Good retention.

S - Belgian yeast, bread grain, caramel, butterscotch.

T - Very grainy and bready - a bit overpowering on the yeast. Grassy. Some malts come through and warms slightly in the after burn.

O - It was a meh brew and I will not be coming back.

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3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a dark golden color. Steady waves of bubbles rising to surface, indicating higher carbonation. About a one finger white . head. Light lacing.

Interesting belgian yeast aromas comprise the nose. Certainly a little spicy and very earthy. Notes of banana and lemon as well. A good amount of caramel malt as well. Definitely different than most Belgian goldens.

Was expecting more like a Duvel, but got more of a tripel like beer. Very biscuity in its malt character. The yeast they use for this really brings out spiciness and some banana qualities. A bite of apple mixed in there too. An interesting mix of these flavors combine a very intense and fairly complex beer, although I'm honestly not sure how much I dug it. A decent amount of alcohol on the finish.

Medium body and a little bit heavy in carbonation. As far as drinkability goes, I will be sipping this beer for sure.

Love Greenbush's beers, but I would say this recipe needs to be revisited. I love the biscuity malt character. Some of the yeast characteristics were just overbearing in this beer and didn't necessarily complement the rest of it I thought. With each sip, I become more of a fan, but there is still something slightly off.

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3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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1825 from Greenbush Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 169 ratings