Mocha Belgique | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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54 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
hardywood.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
With several talented artisan roasters in town, we invited Richmond’s beer and coffee lovers to vote in a blind taste-off on our collaboration partner for the 2012 Mocha Belgique. They selected Black Hand Coffee Company! Black Hand’s custom roasted Brazilian coffee melds artfully with chocolate and caramel malts, cacao nibs and the fluffy character bestowed by our signature Belgian yeast, for a beer that exudes mocha goodness.

Rich, dark auburn in color with a frothy cappuccino head, Mocha Belgique offers pleasant, fresh roasted coffee and cocoa aromatics with a hint of black currant. Chocolate character up front is enhanced with the fluffy mouthfeel imparted by our distinctive Belgian ale yeast. Black Hand’s well balanced coffee provides a lingering roasty finish.

31 IBU

Added by TechTriumph on 02-03-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin offwhite head, dark dark brown body.

Nose of slightly tart dark coffee.

Yep, it's Belgian yeast and coffee. Curious. Like a tripel with coffee poured in. Pretty substantial malt character as well. I don't know how to feel about this.

Kinda bright for a coffee beer, not super thick.

Paired okay with some smokey blue cheese. Good, but not outstanding. There was a picture of a barrel on it, but I don't know if it was actually barrel-aged.

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3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours almost black, clear, with some lighter brown at the edges. Immense fluffy tan head emerges and retains pretty well. Flecks of lacing cling to the glass.

S - Nice aroma here, medium strength roasted coffee comes through pretty clearley at first. Followed with sweeter cocoa nibs. There is a spicey, banana Belgian yeast profile in there for sure, as well as a finish with grassy hops.

T - Immediately get the Banana and yeasty character from the yeasts, very sweet like cotton candy. Small amount of weak coffee flavors come through, but overpowered by the sweetness. Hints of hops balance as well, but intermittent. Just couldn't get on board with this beer, I've tried several Belgian stouts and it just doesn't click for me.

M - Decent medium body with fizzy carbonation, helps keep it a lighter brew.

O - Just didn't enjoy this one, it has a great aroma but the overwhelming sweetness on the front end and muted coffee and roast killed it for me.

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Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: A nice, welcoming aroma coffee, chocolate and malt.

T: Tasted of coffee (not quite as much as I would have thought), chocolate, malt, light hops, and a bit of yeast (presumably this is the Belgique in the name). Not a terrible flavor, but definitely a bit on the thin side.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, yet somewhat thin finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Certainly not a bad beer, but a bit on the disappointing side. Still worth a shot.

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3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

seven-fifty from the Caboose, Ashland

a: served in a st. bernie chalice, mocha belgique pours a deep chocolate brown in color with a low head that soon disappears

s: aromatic, strong but smooth iced coffee nose with a firm note of semisweet chocolate, medium tones of banana and clove, some underlying malt sugar, nice with a high quality coffee addition

m: carbonation low to nearly nonexistent, medium to medium-full body, smooth

t: follows closely along with the nose, showing a smooth, flavorful coffee addition blended through a firm roasted malt body, touches of sugar, and hints of yeasty esters and spice

o: it's an odd combination, but it works nicely, worthwhile

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of siege06nd
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint...

A: Deep dark brown, nearly black. A really nice two finger cream colored head that appears very pillowy and creamy. Excellent lacing with great consistency and uniformity.

S: Roasted coffee, some mild chocolate, and some breadiness. Something in here gives way to a slight vegetal smell as well...it's faint, I believe it is the interplay between the chocolate, coffee, and Belgian yeast. Not bad, but not great.

T: Pretty malt and Belgian yeast heavy with some creamy chocolate, vanilla and brown sugar sweetness, as well as hints of coffee bean. Chocolate and coffee presence aren't very assertive until the finish, which consists of a balanced, creamy mocha flavor. Good, but definitely a Belgian-style porter, with a lot of sweet malt and Belgian yeast presence that gives it a very light quality.

M: Drinks a touch thin. Chocolate and coffee flavors aren't nearly as assertive as I believed they would be. Creaminess, however, is very nicely accomplished, and I truly feel like I am drinking a cafe mocha at Starbucks, albeit one where the coffee is fairly well-hidden. I feel like the Belgian qualities of this beer are taking up too much of the spotlight and the focus falls off the coffee and chocolate, which is where I thought it should be.

O: A solid beer and an aggressive style from a fairly new brewery. Definitely enjoyed it, just thought it came off a bit thin for a porter. The chocolate needs a bit more complexity instead of drinking like a powdered addition. I also think the Belgian yeast hurts more than helps, as it muddles the nose on this one a bit. That being said, this is the beer I thought Boulevard Chocolate Ale should have been. Very glad to have tried it, though not sure it's one I feel the need to revisit.

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3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Once Upon A Vine in Richmond... I wasn't even aware this brewery existed!

A: Black... not a heavy or thick looking beer like some others of the style, but it's certainly opaque in the glass. The head is a deep brown, but it's quite fizzy and dissipated very quickly.

S + T: Sweet malts and modest chocolate rounded out by some fruity phenols from the Belgian yeast... a bit of a banana-like aroma. Coffee isn't incredibly intense on the nose, but it's there. It comes out in the flavour much more... a sweet chocolate and coffee blend, again topped off with the unique notes from the yeast.

M + D: A little bit creamy, but not the most heavy body. Slick over the back of the throat on the finish... closes up with a nice coffee aftertaste. This is a pretty nicely done brew, and I'd be curious to try others as the brewery grows and develops.

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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into snifter.

pours a dark brown with thick, quickly dissipating, light tan colored head. decent lacing.

coffee hits the nose with a very faint touch of chocolate. not a big fan of this particular roast... funky brazilian-ness. I was at the blind roast-off where this roaster was chosen and they were my least favorite (out of the 3 roasters this one won by 1 vote and most of us said to blend the 3). solid porter base, sweet with little hop/roast bitterness. very little chocolate. don't think the belgian yeast did it too many favors...

much thinner body than on tap. wildly swinging variation from the various formats. the tap servings are much thicker! what happened to it?

don't get me wrong, it's a good coffee porter but not amongst my favorites, especially from the bottle (this brew would rate a few points higher if rated from draft)

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Mocha Belgique from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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