Eben-Emael | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Sean9689 on 06-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Wadsey:
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Served in tulip at FFF on June 13, 2011

A: Pours hazy gold with orange highlights. Small white head that produces great Brussels lacing. 

S: Biscuity malts, some cat pee, juicy peaches, white grapes, grapefruit. 

T: Biscuity malts that segues to afore-mentioned fruits.  Big spicy yeast comes next followed by rock-solid bitterness that lasts forever. 

M: medium-light body with lively, palate-scouring carbonation.  

O: Eben-Emael impresses with its breadth, moving methodically, yet effortlessly from malty to fruity to spicy and bitter. This beer probably would have been a mess in less capable hands, but Three Floyds is more than able to handle this one. Crazy big for 5.8 abv. Great beer. 

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Skull40
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub

A - Cloudy yellow with a thick head that doesn't want to recede.

S - Yeasty with some oranges

T - Full flavored yeast and citrus with a hop finish

M - Creamy

O - This beer takes you on a nice little journey from yeast to juicy tropical fruits to hops. Very nice.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Attractive deep saturated orange, thin layer of bone white foam that leaves some spotty bits of lace. Surface foam has a fine texture. Retention isn't as blatantly Belgian as it could be, no billowing long lasting foam or anything, but it looks nice enough.

Lightly sweet tangerine aroma, soft banana, clove, and grassy herbs. Very much focused on the Belgian yeast, with some lightly citrus from the hops in the background.

Big citrusy flavor, with a hefty earthy hop presence. Dry weedy herbs, clove phenols. Dry grassy bitterness lingers seemingly forever in the aftertaste. Creamy feel, very soft and medium bodied. Easy drinking, deceptively hidden abv. Nicely bitter and dry, a pleasantly hoppy Belgian Pale. The second runnings of Shark Pants... sounds like a good name for a novel.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head that left some stick on the sides.

S - Smell is quite clean with belgian yeast that is not over powering and pretty pleasant. Some nice tropical fruit notes with some good hoppyness.

T - Taste is very clean and reminds me a bit of pineapple juice. Tropical fruit notes come with the hops and a slight touch of phenolic yeast. Beer is pretty enjoyable.

M - Meduim bodied with lower to moderate carbonation.

O - Really nice and easy to drink beer. Not a fan of this style but this was quite good.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF.
I wanted to review this the last couple times I was up here, but it was too 'yeasty' due to the keg being recently changed.
This barrel has been on long enough to settle out.

Served in a tulip.

Orangey yellow body is thick and hazy looking. Three finger white fluffy head with nice lacing and retention.
Smells hoppy (surprise!). Citrusy hops mainly with a bit of malt hiding in there. The yeast adds a unique funky twist that works pretty well.
The taste is very dry with a healthy dose of bitterness and grapefruit hops. Really really dry finish. Lingering bitterness borders most DIPAs.

The body has a little chalky hard-water feel to it-- like mineraly. Well carbonated though.

Overall, this is a tasty beer-- I'm impressed tis was made with the 2nd runnings from Shark Pants, and it feels like a slightly smaller version of that beer. Is the best BPA I've had? no, but it is pretty good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

Much like the Germans in 1940, I seek to conquer Eben-Emael. It pours a hazy crystalline orange juice topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises light orange peel, Belgian yeast, light clove, grass, and very light lemon zest. The taste holds notes of orange peel, flowers, lemon rind, grass, light banana, and very light black pepper. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and an almost (but not) grainy feel. Overall, a very nice BPA, though I think the Belgian characters don't really come through as much as they could on the tongue. Good times, though.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Imbibed at the FFF Brewpub on 06/23/2011.

Appearance -- Pours a golden orange hue with a slim sudsy white head. It catches light incredibly well. Nice hue.

Smell -- The hops are big and citrusy, but also slightly dank and musky. Bubblegum and a modicum of clove, as well as earthy yeast meet honey sweetness to round out the nose. Really nice.

Taste -- Drier than the nose would suggest: golden toast with a dab of honey, clove and earthy yeast notes, mild spicy esters, and mild spiciness. Big citrusy hops and firm pithy bitterness. Lots of estery fermentation character. Finish is citrus pith, yeast, and crystal malt.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with crisp carbonation.

Overall -- I'm hard-pressed to remember a Belgian Pale that I like more than this one. An incredible use of the Struise yeast, definitely better than Shark Pants. I wish I had a growler of this...

Additional Notes: I had this at a bar other than FFF first and HATED it. If you tried this at the Tribes FFF Tap Takeover, something was wrong with that keg, I think it got a disproportionate amount of yeast as my pour was opaque. Give this beer another chance.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of Sean9689
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brewpub. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow, white frothy head, nice sticky lacing, thick cap.

S - Light citrus hops, Urbain's funky yeast in the form of bananas, slight sweet pineapple. The light hops and sweetness are very refreshing. Perfect for the summer.

T - Light hoppy bitterness, orange peel, slight banana funk, tropical fruit juice, tangerines. A nice meld of hops and tropical fruits are excellent. Fruity finish.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, soft carbonation, oily fruity finish.

O - Very easy to drink and very refreshing. I think that's exactly what they wanted out of this beer, and it works well. The hops, fruits, and funk are well done. Give this one a try!

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Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at three flloyds on fathers day.

A- straw yellow color. Hazy with nice who're head
S- very faint yeasty smell. Hard to get anthony off of the glass.
T- nice and smooth. Slight malt and alot of gassiness
m-light bodied and crisp
O- nice beer, good for its style

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

179th Review
Proper pint
On-draft in Munster at Three Floyd's Taproom!

From notes.

A: Bright yellow (almost golden, but not quite). Half (semi-fluffy white) fingernail head.

S: Mix of hops with yeasty overtones. Orange peel, mix of coriander/white pepper, and biscuit malt.

T: Loads of Belgian yeast up-front followed by hops (not too bold, but definitely there). Faint citrus fruit and dry biscuit flavors towards middle and hint of spice and more yeast towards the end. I'm looking for more balance here, but cannot seem to find any.

M: Light bodied with even carbonation.

O: An interesting beer, but not my favorite offering from Three Floyds. Light and crisp; thus, easy to drink. Worth a try, but I wouldn't order it again with the likes of Zombie Dust, Dreadnaught, and Alpha King on-tap.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Three Floyds. Poured into tulip.

A: Pours an incredibly cloudy dreamsicle with blended yellow edging. There's no way I'm seeing through this guy. Light white head that dissipated rather fast leaving a slight slice on the sides.

S: The yeast hits you hard in this one. It mellows out to some sweet fruits. I'm almost picking up strawberries or tart raspberries.

T: Great yeasty opening really leaves your palate wandering around the rest of the drink. I pick up some tangy fruits down one path, some sweetness down another and then finally some bitter hops are waiting at the end.

M: Very creamy and surprisingly light for being so cloudy and yeasty. Leaves a great film over the cheeks and tongue that keeps drawing you back in. Light Carbonation.

O: This was a wonderfully crafted brew. The different flavors all blending together in this harmonious liquid made it incredibly enjoyable and I hope either 3F's or Destruise decides to bottle this guy.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Three Floyds brewpub in a tulip.

A - Orange cloudy beer with filmy white head. Good two fingers worth.

S - Smell of nice Belgian farmhouse funk with slight hop and citrus aroma. I'm excited to taste this if its a pale ale.

T - Wonderful flavor. Hop character comes through with citrus notes and little lemon. Packed full of flavor and leaves no prisoners in your mouth.

M - Pretty bitter mouthfeel, little more than i expected. Could maybe have use a little more smoothness to round out the mouthfeel.

O - This is a complex pale and hits on many dimensions. Very refreshing and flavorful. The Belgian yeast was used perfectly and adds the extra flavor and aroma to make this a great pale ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Eben-Emael from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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