Richard Cranium | Millbock Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Millbock Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Slatetank on 12-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, bright golden color with a nice two finger fluffy white head with pretty good retention.

The scent is of fruit notes, some spice, and notes of yeast.

The taste is of some sweet fruits, some toasted grain, spice, and yeast.

Light body, smooth and kind of crisp, medium to high carbonation.

This was pretty average on all accounts, nothing bad about it but noting of note either.

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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Al's of Hampden, Enola, PA

A: The beer is crystal clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts and fruity yeast are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of biscuit malts along with notes of fruity yeast. Slight hints of spiciness are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to taste more like an English Pale Ale than a Belgian Pale Ale, the only thing that makes it seem a little Belgian is the spiciness from the yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this from the growler chilled in a wheat glass.

The color is lightly hazed golden with visible carbonation and substantial 2 and a half fingers of white cloudy head. The laces stickage is decent. The smell is good, slightly spiced and mildly fruity with a light earthy nose. The feel is decent, moderately high carbonation with a slight caramel tinge and subtle yeast creaminess with a semi-dry spicy phenol in the finsh.

I like the way the rye influences the taste, it adds a nice bready toasted quality and brings out the spice of the abbey yeast nicely. There is a light pepper element in there with the toasted grain and hint of medicinal note in the background with light tea-like astringent and subtle sugary tinge in the middle. The flavor of fruit is there with the caramel and finishes semi-dry. This is a nice and drinkable blonde belgian, pretty quaffable for the style I really enjoyed it.

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3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Served with a bright, golden body that had two fingers worth of fluffy white head...the head takes awhile to fall and never fades away completely...nice lacing is left behind

S - There is Belgian spices and yeast that fill the nose...spicy rye, black pepper, clove...a clean fruity aroma is detected towards the back end

T - Belgian spices open up on the palate...they are the first thing that jumps out, but they never become too pepper and clove lead the way...the yeast is strong in the middle but there is also a biscuit-like flavor that takes away from the yeast being too strong...there is an underlying fruitiness again...a surprising blast of hops can be picked up right towards the finish making things lighter yet...before the spices come back for the complete finish

M - Medium bodied...spicy yet refreshing

O - This was Millbock's first brew and it's a great way to start...not only do the flavors mesh well together and create a very drinkable beer, but the name is great!

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4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Slatetank for sharing this growler with me. I got to have this brew before at a tasting, care of Mr. de Bock himself so I am very appreciative to have the opportunity to sit down with a glass full to review. Poured into a cervoise, this brew appears a lightly hazed golden orange color. Bubbles very slowly come out of solution and make their way to the surface. A finger worth of creamy white head sits atop this brew. A light swirl revives the cap and produces some spots of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is spicy with belgian yeast character. Clove and banana immediately come to mind along with some subtle fruity character more like pear or apples towards the back. There is a clean spiciness present that is borderline like pepper but not quite. It has a deep herbal hop quality that emerges as the brew warms up along with a light tingle of alcohol.

The taste includes the belgian yeast spiciness right upfront. Clove and a bit of pepper mingle with banana and some other fruits more like apple and pear skin. There is a fairly solid herbal hop inclusion that keeps the spicy quality of the yeast in check. Front to back, this is a very clean and well balanced offering. As it gets warmer, a bit of the rye inclusion is noticed with a bit of toasty grain and extra accent of fruited quality.

It is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. It is a very easy drinking offering with a pleasant balance that is quite enjoyable. These guys are coming right out the gate with a winner in my opinion. Can't wait to see what else comes down the pipeline. Job well done guys! I mean come on, what is not to like about a beer called "dick head" ??

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4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Just shy of three finger's worth of silky slightly creamy off-white head comprised of small bubbles with a slight audible fizz... Excellent retention ultimately gives way to a full creamy lacing... The color is a slightly pale amber... A mix of moderate paced carbonation streaks along the glass and a couple of stray bubbles within... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass... A very nice looking brew...

S - Light Belgian yeast notes to start... Orange zest... Some pear and apple notes... Subtle golden raisins... Wheat notes as well... The rye is mostly hidden and there is only a very faint spice kick buried deep within...

T - Wheat notes... Belgian yeast... Beet sugars... The rye is a bit more pronounced and appears midway through... Pear... Apple... Perhaps even some bubble gum... Some interesting spice notes as well... Light notes of clove and thyme stick out...

M - Medium bodied... Uber sleek... Very smooth... Silky and luxurious... Lush... Light carbonation... The finish is a bit dry...

D - This is an insanely quaffable Belgian Pale Ale... Honest to the style with some good old Central PA artistry mixed in... I would (and likely will) drink this with regularity... Lots of good things going on in all facets... Lots of character and depth... All at a modest 6.5% BV... My second offering from Millbock and I continue to be impressed...

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4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this new beer from a new Nanobrewery from Linglestown Pa. (close to Harrisburg)

The beer has a mild spicey pepper like aroma with some banana and a mild lemon type aroma coming thru. It's a clear golden yellow color as is appropiate for a Belgian Blonde. It has a full white head that has legs and clings to the glass well.

The flavor has a good biscut type malt sweetness at first with some mild banana flavor, followed by a nice clean mild spicy finish. The spicyness balances the sweetness very appropiately. The Rye character comes through more as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel starts out slightly creamy but the finish is a pleasant crisp and clean dry character.

Overall I really like this beer and am going to make it a regular beer at my house. I've always enjoyed Rye in a beer and Millbock has done a great job making this their first beer. I encourage everyone who likes this style to seek out and try this very rare beer from a new Nanobrewery called Millbock.

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Richard Cranium from Millbock Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 23 ratings