Singel
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #79
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
85
Ranked #26,118
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 10.82%
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
475
From:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and uninhibited, Hardywood Singel is a feat in balance. Sunshine golden with a fluffy head and a veil of Belgian ale yeast, Singel’s tropical fruit esters complement its spicy hop aromatics. Delicate in body, Singel’s mellow, dry finish culminates a truly ethereal experience.

Hardywood Singel's stylistic inspiration originates with the Trappist brewers of western Europe, who are often celebrated for their gloriously complex dubbels and tripels, and whose devotion to crafting heavenly libations is second to none. Unknown to many, some of the Trappist brewers also brew a milder ale for daily consumption within the walls of the monastery. Hardywood Singel is our interpretation of this style.

30 IBU
Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 475 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of LifesAnesthesia
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Golden with a medium off-white head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind
S - light fruits - some banana and apples along with Belgian yeast - overall not too strong though
T - A solid amount of light fruits - apples, pears, bananas, along with fruity esters and spice followed and finished by that characteristic Belgian, bready, yeast.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate to high amount of carbonation - crisp
O - a pretty decent blonde ale, but nothing that really stands out in my opinion

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 11/05/18
Had on-tap at Byers Street Bistro in Staunton, VA

Appearance - Served up in a standard pint, light haze and golden yellow in,color with mostly barren surface and razor thin ring of suds. No lacing.

Smell - Light fruity and funky aroma. Hints of apple, citrus and spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hints of lemon upfront before some apple-ish esters and a touch of spice and funk. Finishes much the same way lingering with lemon and lesser funk aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with tingly carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a Crisp, refreshing finish.

Overall - Crisp, clean drinker with interesting notes of lemon and funk. Not the most flavor Belgian pale, but it's make for a good BBQ beer or early afternoon option.

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Photo of MECove
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice head, which fades quickly with little lacing. A little cloudy, but a long slow bubble from the bottom that is pleasant. There's a strong citrus aftertaste.

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Photo of Trailboss76
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color. Strongly carbonated. Just off of white-white head that initially was medium but then built very foamy and thick. Almost a standard Budweiser-like aroma, but still pleasant. Taste-wise - a bit of bitter, a bit of spice (sounds like I'm headed into a poem!!) - it's not fabulous but it's kinda nice!! I'd say they've delivered what's on the label - a "Belgian-Style Blonde Ale."

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up on my way home from the West Coast not too long ago, having never had this before. While not as good as the brews from Ommegang, this was a nice take on the style that could have potentially turned someone one to what a Belgian Pale Ale could be. With that being said, this needed more nuance and flavor to be truly great but by itself, it was enjoyable and easy to like...

This had a decent pour to it as the beer was golden, fairly radiant, and topped off with plenty of head, That quickly settled as there wasn't much of any lacing to be seen on the side of my pint glass once I worked my way through this. Tons of yeast, lemon, and clove on the nose as the banana came in on the taste. Pepper, biscuit malt, and herbal notes came in on the taste but none of these were appealing enough to fully pull me in. Too much phenols and solvent here for something that wasn't terribly strong as that was a bit of a detraction from a beer that seemed pretty true to it's Belgian roots.

With that being said, there was just the right amount of booze here and a slickness that compensated for this liquid's shortcomings. Nothing wrong with this but with the bar set so high, this wouldn't be the first one of it's style that I'd reach for. Sudsy enough and with just enough citrus juice in the taste to keep it lighthearted, in spite of it's shortcomings...

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, fruits. Taste is yeast, malts, some fruits, a bit of black pepper. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and decent beer.

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Photo of CraigInDenver
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I like Tank 7, I really do. I wish Tank 7 taste like this. It's just a bit more of something. No disrespect to Tank 7, because I love what Boulevard does.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from Virginia.
Poured golden amber; Clear with a good white head.
This could result pitas for a true Belgian despite the U.S. origin. It has lots of flavor and aromas from the Belgian yeast including banana, clove, nutmeg and wood. Some hop spicing including white pepper. Very complex.

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Photo of Riff
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark yellow color with a bright white head that slowly dissipates. . Smells yeasty, with cracker, and lemon. Tastes of banana, peppery, bread, coriander, and hop bitterness. Finishes cleanly and crisply. Medium-light body beer, good for summer. Easy drinker, nice and solid.

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Photo of Cyrion
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very clear golden beer with crackling white head that dissipates after about a minute.

Aroma similar to a pilsner- dry, spicy, lemony. Some hops, not much malt.

Taste follows aroma, with the inclusion of coriander and grass. Spicy hop and some malt.

Overall, a good summer drink, when you are about to reach for a pilsner and then decide to bump it up a notch in terms of IBUs and flavor profile. I'm drinking this a little warmer than usual and have no criticisms. Well done.

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Photo of crisis1290
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this beer when I was given a thank you gift from my neighbor, who put it together at a local Wegmans mix a six. Off of the pour I noticed an nice yellow color with an ample amount of carbonation. This one has the smell of a nice, solid , yeasty Belgian. Big bold flavor for sure ! Medium to light bodied, with a surprising crisp, dry finish. A very nice yeast / unique profile for sure. As time goes on, I am becoming a fan of Hardywood, especially their reserve and barrel aged series products.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours as hazy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is yeasty with indistinct spices. Flavors are yeasty malt with pepper, coriander, and bread. Only complaint is that all the flavors fade quickly without the "sustain" of other brews.

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Photo of greengorilla
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Blackfinn Ameripub in Merrifield, Virginia. It had a nice clear yellow color with ample white head. The smell was fresh malt. The taste was lightly peppery. It had a great mouthfeel. Overall it was a quite easy drinking solid beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fluffy and growing head. Good spotty lace. Pale gold color.

Sour apple smell, like a cyber. Light hop spice with even lighter Belgian yeast nose.

Thinnish body with a sharp carbonation. Less sour than the smell, but more biting from the hop. The yeast flavor is present but muted. Pale malt finish with some hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle with packaged date 01/18/16 (hard to read, black ink on brown glass), poured into glass. Brownish gold color, a bit murky (unfiltered), so-so white head. Nice yeasty aroma with mild balanced hops. Taste, definitely staying with the Belgian ale character, though that seems to emerge from the malts after a bit rather than be right up front. Some of the expected yeasty / fruity mix, with nicely integrated alcohol and hops for a tingle, and pleasant clean mouthfeel with a slight creaminess. Could be fruitier, though. Some mild hoppy aftertaste.

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Photo of hophead723
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of a mystery variety six pack at Trader Joes for $8. I was extremely happy with the beers that were included in the pack and was excited to try this one in my new tulip glass! Here we go.

Look: Pours a fluffy and outrageous foamy white head on top of a cloudy dandelion-gold shimmering body. When held to the light a core of brightness glows like the sun, powerful and mysterious.

Smell: Yeasty, peppery, phenolic and clove like aroma with a nice banana character. Smells like a nice yeasty Belgian alright.

Taste: Peppery, mildy sweet, and a burst of lemon head hops. Very delicious and light but bursting with character. Somewhat chalky note as well.

Feel: This beer is super smooth and silky. The carbonation perks up at the end leading to a dry finish.

Overall: This is just what I was in the mood for, nice and refreshing Belgian Pale. This beauty really shined in my new tulip, too.

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Photo of obywan59
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great in my Duvel tulip! Straw yellow to golden in color and lightly hazy with obvious carbonation. A 3 1/2 finger whitish head becomes chunky, and clingy at the edge as it recedes, Almost no lacing.

Spicy and a little earthy on the aroma. Pineapple, citrus, coriander and maybe a bit of clove.

Sweet malts and spicy yeast dominate the taste. Earthiness is more evident here with light fruity/citric flavors with clove and a bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit rind.

Moderate in body with a bite of near frothy carbonation. Very drying, to the point of feeling almost chalky.

Hardywood has yet to disappoint me. Singel is full of character with great taste, aroma and body. I wouldn't hesitate to try this again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery, the beer is a slightly hazy, golden coloring, with a thin, filmy, white head. Nose of honey, apricot, and a spice blend of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Aromas are complex, balanced, and refrain from overpowering. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, heavy on honey and cream, with highlights of citrus and berry. Subtle spice blend of clove and cinnamon kicks up a little at the end of the palate. Smooth, light, and crisp in mouth, with a subtle sweet honey and spice aftertaste. Crisp, clean finish. Refreshing beer.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale straw color. Small creamy white head. Smells of yeast and malts. Tastes of sweet malts, heavy on yeast, slight hop bitterness. Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry, slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a nice golden yellow color with good white head and nice lacing

Smell: Yeast, banana, pepper, some malt sweetness

Taste: Nice fruity flavors, slightly medicinal, herbal hops, pepper, crackery malt, strong yeast

Feel: Light body, full carbonation, dry finish

Overall: An excellent interpretation of the style, will need to find more next time I'm in VA.

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Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft at the brewery. Had a slightly sweet taste from the Belgian yeast with a fruity finish. Mildly carbonated and has very little alcohol in the finish. Fair interpretation of the style.

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Photo of TAMU99
2.52/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Sorry, i just wasn't too impressed. Draft: This pours a slightly hazy yellow with sour amd alcohol notes in the aroma. Head is white and sticky. I can taste the light malt but this is interrupted by the sour taste. Not strong enough to be called a sour, but not clean enough to be a pale. IDK, maybe Ithe bar gave me a dirty glass. Not too impressed. However, beers, like people, often deserve a second chance. Alas, until another night.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew has pros and cons. Good news first: Looks nice, bright yellow gold and fluffy white head. Smells yeasty, a little hops, and significant peppery notes. The taste of the belgian yeast is good, super unfiltered and raw, nice crisp hops and pepper flavors.

All that said, there's something off. I feel like the flavors in this beer don't come together cohesively. It feels like a standard blonde ale brewed with belgian yeasts. This yeast profile is good, but feels out of place, like its all I can taste, not working with the hops or the malt at all. The pepper flavors are nice, reminiscent of a farmhouse, but same thing here, it just seems like it's from a different beer.

All that to say, I really liked the flavors in this beer, but the overall experience seemed to not come together. I'd love to drink some more, though, and see if it comes together more for me.

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Photo of jhartley
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful looking beer!
Cloudy golden blonde body with a white soap bubble head. Plenty of little bubbles stream up from the bottom along the edges of the glass.
Great Belgian yeast aroma with a nice amount of sweetness on the nose; a little pineapple, some lemony citrus.
Taste pairs well with the nose. Belgian yeast funkiness and some lemon.
Nice amount of carbonation with that dry lemony finish.
Very nice beer indeed! Super tasty and one I would think would go great on a hot summer day by the pool.

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Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I love this brewery, and one of their base beers that has seemed to have eluded my reviews. Thanks to Craft_Compulsive (Reddit) for this one.

Pours into my Hoarders tulip with a big creamy fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, lots of spotty messy lacing, a very hazy and slight murky orange-yellow golden bright colored beer.

Nose is like a nice Belgian pale, good Belgian esters and Belgian malts, toasty Belgian pale malt, with a little sweetness, grassy malts with grassy hops as well, hops that turn a little spicy as well, some mild fruity esters and typical nice Belgian single yeast, faint apple pear like esters.

Taste brings more of the same, nice Belgian pale malts that seems like it should be sweet but is actually quite dry, as a touch of booze hints in the background, with plenty more esters in there, a nice Belgian yeast, faint apple skin and pear notes, maybe even a touch of banana. then hops kick in, grassy at first, turning a little spicy later, it seems to follow the nose a lot. Fair bitterness throughout, like an Americanized Belgian pale. Finish is dry like the rest of the beer, big spicy hops and fair bitterness lingering, a bit more of the Belgian yeast esters, touch of phenols as well that hints at booze, mild Belgian pale malt and even a little honey malt like flavor lingering.

Mouth is med bod, lots of fluffy carbonation, and faint phenolic booze warmth.

Overall pretty nice beer, nice base Belgian pale ale, good malt profile, very nice yeast profile with good esters, etc, hops are maybe the only downfall a bit, as it gets too spicy hop flavor and too bitter in general, too Americanized, but still enjoyable.

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Singel from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 475 ratings