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Silvius | Boom Island Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Boom Island Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jera1350 on 01-12-2012

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Reviews by feloniousmonk:
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boom Island Silvius Pale Ale, Boom Island Brewing Company, minneapolis, Minnesota. Alc by Vol. 5.5%.

Once again, I'll look at the front of the label now, and the back later. What do they say frontwise? This: "Inspired by a mythical, giant-killing soldier, we're tempted to say this gold medal winning pale ale will slay you with it's palate-boggling depth of flavors and surprisingly dry finish. But we're not big on wordplay or swordplay. So we'll just let Silvius speak for itself."

Well, speak, boy, speak!

First, what does he look like? High carbonation, clouding the glass, darkish amber coloring, under a dotted off-white, lace-leaver of a head. Nice start.

Aroma: hops and malt, with a hit of spice. Funky Belgian yeast shows it's stripes. Just what I'm looking for in a Belgian pale ale. A brace of fruit, apple and peach, with raisins and a drizzle of caramel for dessert, and a dusting of spice.

Taste: soft, smooth, fruity and malty. Just enough hops to keep it interesting, but not enough to make it interesting enough. Lean-bodied, short finish, easy-drinking. Lacks the promise felt in the nose. If I were Clara Peller or Walter Mondale, I'd be either dead of maybe dead, nobody's really sure. And I'd ask where some beef is, a metaphor for discovering a void of body and character. I'm not a brewer, so I can't trot out technical terms about attenuation and mashing, but this one does not have much happening after the first swallow. Gets a little funky/wild/sour on the tongue further in, but there's not the promised depth. Malt is meager compared to spice.

Let's peek at "The Skinny on Silvius":
"Aroma: toasted malt backbone.

Appearance: light copper color. Full creamy white head.

Flavor: Light hop bitterness, melds nicely with malty biscuit and toastiness paired with light peppery spiciness. Finish is medium to dry with malt flavor returning slightly.

Overall impression: Toasted maltiness comes across just right. Wonderfully nice brew!"

Again, I'll say it. It's in their best interests to remove the "Overall impression" part. Why would a brewer offer their "impression" that they made a "wonderfully nice brew"?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with stark white head and some decent lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast, mostly of the fruity and spicy variety. Some biscuit. Not much hops in the nose.

Taste: Biscuit and toast backbone with definite yeast characteristics - pretty spicy and fruity. Hops are light on the finish, mostly floral with a touch of citrus. Slightly tart.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Very dry.

Overall: Nice Belgian Pale Ale. Probably not worth the money, but enjoyable

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12%

Rich biscuit and nut nose joined by citrus and a dash of large pitted fruit.
Pours copper amber with a 3" moussey slightly orange tinted foam cap. Persists and leaves generous clingy lace.
Biscuity malt balanced by moderate hop finish. Has some Belgian yeast notes for character.
Very creamy and drinkable with a pleasant dry finish.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect Pint glass. No dating visible.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy golden amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge six fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts that are very toasted smelling. Hints of biscuit and crackers. Hops are very grassy and give somewhat of a vegetable like smell. Light hints of citrus orange lingering. Kind of a odd aroma.

Taste: Like the nose, lots of bready and sweet caramel malts giving a cracker and biscuit like taste. Moderate presence of hops that are very grassy and some what spicy in a herbal way. It does have a little of that vegetable taste but it isn't enough to be offensive or undrinkable. Nice balance of hops and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a carbonation on the lower side. Creamy and very smooth. Could use some more carbonation.

Overall: An ok take on a pale ale. It needs work on the carbonation and veggie like tastes, but its pretty drinkable.

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Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of ChopperSmith
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a large 750 ml bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with no foam at all, so no lacing either.

Smell: Malty and slightly sweet with a little light fruit from the yeast. Little or no hops detected. Smells like a Belgian Witbier more than anything else.

Taste: Much like it smells. A decent malt-forward flavor and an interesting yeast gives it a little subtle spice and fruit. But it's missing carbonation really detracts from the flavor. It is almost flat.

Mouth feel: Very little carbonation, pretty much flat and lifeless. Finishes semi-dry on the tongue. A little carbonation (or even SOME carbonation) and crispness would really help this beer.

Overall: Has some decent flavors, but the lack of carbonation really detracts from the overall impression. I have to wonder if this beer was rushed to market before it could fully carbonate. I would like to try one on tap to see the difference.

(Update 1-30-2012: The second bottle of Silvius I opened, bought at the same time as the one opened on 1/15/12, was also flat. Not just low carbonation....flat. I hope they get this problem resolved in the future, because it could be a decent beer with the right carbonation.)

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Photo of BigAl18
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of djschnabel
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of thagr81us
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen for sending me this one for the sole purpose of being able to tick it! Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. It maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, wheat, and subtle fruity hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, wheat, subtle bitter hop, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly average brew. Nothing on this one really stood out at all to me which was kind of a letdown. There just didn’t seem to be very much going on in this one. This did make it easy to drink, but definitely didn’t help with it being enjoyable. Worth trying if you get the chance, but not the best Pale Ale I’ve had.

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Photo of StPaulSchmitty
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of mkf629
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of todfug
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DubiousGopher
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of syrupjoe
2.49/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml into snifter.

Pours a cloudy dark honey color. Two finger cream colored head.

Nose: Burnt popcorn, charcoal, light vegetalness, slight honey. Pretty offensive nose for some reason, can't quite put my finger on it.

Taste: Burnt vegetables (green beans?), honey malt, aspirin bitterness, clean finish with only a slight burnt vegetable taste lingering.

Overall this was kind of a gross beer. The taste wasn't terrible after you got past the initial burst of burnt vegetables, but I almost wanted to stop drinking it for fear of getting sick or something. The first bottle I got of this was totally flat, and this one was pretty offensive. Will keep tabs on these guys in hopes that they improve this beer, but haven't been impressed so far.

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Photo of drop6301
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wetenkamp
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Boomstick
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Dave2234
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of billhelm
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of sparx1100
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of JackieTH
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750 mL bottle. Hazy, honey orange pour with a light foamy head. Not much lace, but a persistent skein remained.

Smell is light and malty, a bit biscuity.

Taste is a pleasant melding of light fruitiness, lightly citric hop initially, then a toasty, biscuit, caramel malt. Very lightly sweet, but essentially dry and finishes fairly clean.

Medium light body, lightly creamy with prickly carbonation. Belgian yeast elements prominent during finish.

Overalls, good beer, flavorful, easy to drink.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Silvius from Boom Island Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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