Mad Belgian | Mad River Brewing Company

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Mad BelgianMad Belgian

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Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RedHaze on 08-09-2009

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Photo of pat61
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep amber with a 3 finger off-white head.
S: Citrus, caramel malt, over ripe fruit.
T: Fruit, slightly sweet, light caramel, citrus.
F: Medium body and above average carbonation, creamy.
O: The malt and hops are a little off for a Belgian. It lacks the malt and yeast complexity of a Belgian Style Golden Ale.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of JoelClark
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of mhaugo
2.74/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle decanted into an oversized snifter. 6.6% ABV.
Appearance: Muddy bronze with a thin beige head. There is a significant load of chunks slowly falling to the bottom of the glass (2.25/5).
Aroma: Toasted malt and baked apples. Oxidation. More oxidation as the beer warms up (2.5/5).
Taste: Oxidized here too. This beer was obviously stored in suboptimal conditions. There is no indication on the label how old it is, so I guess I’m left guessing. Behind the oxidation there is a sweet, malty base, a touch of cider, and a hint of orange pith. There is a very mild bitterness too, but I’m not sure it comes from hops. It almost tastes like a byproduct of the yeast (or even the yeast itself) (2.75/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation (3.5/5).
Overall: I guess there was a decent beer in here before time sucked away its soul, but sadly that day was well before this one. I’m not sure if I would actively seek out a replacement, but I might pick up a pint if I saw it on draft somewhere (2.75/5).

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Photo of Tyrolaspenleaf
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of impending
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Looks more like an old ale than a Belgium pale. Hazy copper in color with an Ok 1/4 inch of head that forms a pretty sticky lace ring.

S - Again musky like an old ale with a kind of oak sweet malt smell. Smells kind of like an old DIPA with aged hops and malts.

T - Well it's far from terrible but the taste is sweet kind of medical herbal hop taste, which is faded next to some Belgium candied sugars and a touch of fruity yeasts.

M - Medium and kind of chewy on par for the style.

Overall I am not sure what is going on with this brew. With no sediment in the glass I am convinced it was suppose to look and taste like a Belgium Old ale. That could be the excuse for such a low score since its suppose to be a Belgium pale ale...

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Nage37
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Arherring
3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

mad river is not getting me stoked so far. this one pours a rich golden color with a reasonable white head. smells like white grapefruit, brown sugar, and belgian yeast. flavors are all mellow, but there is some hops here, which is nice for a "belgian style golden ale". unconventional but just not that good. mouthfeel is alright, good carbonation and tartish finish. cant say its my favorite, but its drinkable. eh

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Photo of elNopalero
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden straw color. Nice, estery aroma. Light, fruity flavor comes through. Some sharpness on the palate focuses the flavors into a dry finish. This is a lighter Belgian style beer that opens up more as it warms. Looking forward to another bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy rosé in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down but consistently left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface along with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has aromas of candi sugars along with some hints of caramel.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has candi sugar flavors and some associated sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and leaves some stickiness in your mouth.
O: The beer isn’t very balanced and the sweetness makes it cloying.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Rayek
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mad Belgian pours a deep gold/pale copper hue with a dense cream cap and a light haze. Head retention is good and nice lace is left behind.

I'm convinced that there must be some universal yeast strain that most breweries use for their Belgian beers. There's a light sourdough funk here that reminds me of a lot of US brewed Belgian style beers. Behind it is a fair dose of citrus that seems not right for this style. Warming helps, as it allows the yeast characteristics to come through more. A straw and pear frame holds up the rest of the flavors. Bitterness is well balanced and carries the aforementioned citrus. A medium and tingly body rounds things out.

Mad Belgian is a nice little beer, but I've had better examples of this style. Still, I'm happy I grabbed it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with an adequate head (though not impressive for a Belgian style) that leaves a lot of squiggly lace behind

Smell: Toffee elements dominate, along with Juicy Fruit and an herbal aspect underneath

Taste: The herbal element is more pronounced on the tastebuds, with the toffee and Juicy Fruit flavors adding a sweet aspect; by mid-palate and after the swallow, the hops add a counter-point that keeps the sweetness in check; a bit of fusel alcohol, particularly in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; not nearly lively enough for a Belgian

Overall: Count me in the minority on this one, but I rather enjoyed it; not a great example of a Belgian style but not a drain pour, either

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Mad Belgian from Mad River Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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