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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Wasatch on 08-11-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,246
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
113
pDev:
9.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of my most recent trade with Wasatch... Huge thanks buddy.

Looked like the cap might be leaking through a thin layer of black wax.. some small bubbles of beer were blowing out.... So I did what any self-respecting BA would do... Immediately chilled it down a bit and cracked it... Poured into my small La Trappe goblet.

Thankfully, the beer was still plenty carbonated .... very carbonated actually, I think some Boise heat and UPS jostling may have just forced up some beer into the neck.

Easy 2 finger thick egg shell white head... the brew is a slightly hazy pale sunset gold.

Nose is pretty spicy.. with some apple skin... fairly malty... good aroma across the board.

Flavor is every bit a well made BSPA.. fruity esters reminds of a slightly underripe pear... quite a nice bite of white pepper too... good bitterness.

The body is lite/medium with a bunch of carbonation.

No problems with the cap made it's way into the finished bottle .... the smallest amount of beer actually made it out and in fact my only "real" complaint is I would even like the carbonation notched back a tad more.... Thanks again John.

Edit: Glad John shipped this in a styro shipper.... looks like it probably spent most of the trip upright.

4/4/4.5/3.5/4

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Photo of champ103
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color. A two finger, well formed head sticks around for a minute. As the foam gently recedes, lots of lace is left behind.
S: Earthy, spicy, phenolic, and estery yeast. I like it. Lemon rind and orange fruity aromas. Fresh cut grass and hay. I light peppermint like sweetness as well. This is great.
T: Follows the nose, and it is very enjoyable as well. Spicy, earthy, esters. Lemon and orange. Some bread/biscuit as well. Grassy hops and a light lingering bitterness.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly crisp, clean, and dry. Very refreshing. Easy to drink. I will enjoy this bottle on this slow late afternoon.

I did not have a lot of expectations for some reason. Maybe because I was not a big fan of the stout in the same series. Though this is a very nice example of the style. Very well made, and highly recommend.

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Photo of Maltzilla
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to John for this bad boy!

Appearance: The carbonation really plays a strong role in this beer's appearance . . . almost like poring a glass of champagne! Golden, bubbly, light and crisp looking.

Smell: Got a good amount of fruit notes on this one. Some citrus and very nice spice to it as well.

Taste:Very nice flavor, got some fruits again and definitely good warmth from the alcohol, but nothing overpowering (despite it being quite high in ABV)

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Love this beer. It's deceptively drinkable despite the high alcohol content. You could easily drink this all night and get yourself into a lot of trouble by the end of the evening. The champagne yeast makes this every palatable and enjoyable.

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Photo of drpimento
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let this bottle warm a bit from the fridge. Poured with a large, foamy, frothy, fluffy, slightly thick, off white head that slowly settles and some lace. Color is a clear golden amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, hop, malt, spice, vineous. Flavor is a little on the sweet side with some bitterness and carbonic tang to balance. Body is a little soft, full, and carbonation is very good. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. This beer is virtually indistinguishable from the Belgians and super easy drinking. It's not that it's so unique in its characteristics as it is in its being so true to style. Great beer!

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Photo of rmtaggart
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mhaugo
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml, waxed-cap bottle into Bruery tulip. Another thanks to Wasatch for another great Utah beer.

Pours cloudy golden-copper, with a big, creamy 3 finger-head on top. Nice retention, as the head eventually settles down into a half-inch thick creamy head. Loads of lacing gone wild.

Nose has a surprisingly big dose of higher alcohols, white pepper, candy sugar, just a bit of pear mixed in with the spiciness, maybe a bit of banana but nothing close to what you'd find in a hefe - dry, spicy, and with a pale sweetness.

Taste rachets the nose up a notch. The initial peppery yeast note holds up malt body that is at once bready, hinting at pears and even tropical fruit, and with a nice depth that goes beyond a simple pils malt bill. Maybe a bit of vienna? Finish is long, lush, with the yeast riding out on point with a nice mix of peppery spiciness, floral notes, just a bit of tangy yeast.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied that headed into full, dry, carbonation that moves from smooth and creamy to spritzy.

Drinkability is good, very good actually, surprisingly so. Delicious beer, with a big dose of higher alcohols.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very clear pale gold with a large head. The aroma is huge with clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, banana, and cantaloupe all present. The flavor follows the very clear Belgian yeast bomb route, with banana largest, and plenty of clove, melon, and peanut butter. The mouthfeel is devilishly light with a foamy creamy carbonation. Overall this is an amazing expression of pure yeast flavors with a well hidden ABV. Seems like a baby Tripel - all the flavor with less body and richness. At the price, I find this outstanding.

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Photo of JasonLWest
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of huthuty
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium yellow in color
Smells like Belgian malt and spice
Taste is a good balance, often this type of malt can be Overpowering but here it's just enough to have a bite
One of the better beers of the style

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Photo of Seansatfoh
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%

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Squatters Hell's Keep from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 113 ratings