The Royale | Gigantic Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by dirtylou on 11-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, apricot color with a moderate head of white, soapy suds. Complex, fruity aroma smells of passion fruit, nutmeg, bubblegum, white pepper, and dare I say horseblanket. Speckled lacing adorns the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste features a peppery bite up front along with tangy yeast, nutmeg and gentle lactose. Crackery malt lives beneath the more aggressive flavors. The chalky, spicy yeast in particular really rules the roost here. Passion fruit develops some with warming, but it isn’t especially pronounced. Medium body and high carbonation afford a smooth yet lively mouthfeel that’s par for the course for a Belgian blonde.

Overall, this is a unique beer, but it may have a bit too much going on, and it doesn’t entirely jell. The spiciness is a little aggressive for my tastes, though I will say I was pleasantly surprised by the way the lactose complemented the more conventional Belgian flavors. A bit of an avant-garde offering that may appear to the adventurous Belgofile.

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Photo of aussiebeer
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy golden-orange, plenty of loose bubbles all around my glass. Dense, soapy head is out of control- huge and lasting! Blankets of sticky lace, even forming protruding ridges. Bottle art is colorful and inviting; I guess I have a thing for anime redheads. Yucky sediment at the bottom.

S: Hop-derived citrus, also tropical fruits (peach, mango).

T: Both families of fruits are still there, but now a toasty bread note has entered the picture, as well as my arch-nemesis soapy flavor, although that is mild. Yeast perceived on the finish. sweeter near the beginning but finishes pretty dry. Not as refreshing as the nose would suggest, but good.

F: Full body, appropriate carbonation. Too bad the foam island keeps away from my orifice, it looks so soft.

O: If only that nose was applied to the flavor, this would be an awesome brew. As it was, it was really good, but not quite as sessionable as I'd like; I'd like to have as many redheads as possible in a night.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Etan
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a flute.

A: Pours a pale orange/gold with a nice white head.

S: Very citrusy, with notes of spritzy orange juice, lemon, persimmon, candi sugar, some sweet breadiness.

T: Taste brings pale malt, mild clove, a bit peachy, slight floral hop bitterness. A bit dry.

M: Light-bodied with almost frothy carbonation.

O: This is a clean, drinkable, slightly hoppy BPA. I was in the mood for something like this and it delivered. Very refreshing.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Reidrover
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bought from Grocery Outlet in Salem. $4.29 Poured into my PBR "chalice". Dull,cloudy golden coloured beer, small bubbly white head. Lovelly fruity/spicy aromas..nice yeast .Getting gooseberry for some reason..its nice. Smooth ,spicy,bitter and mild sweetness,peaches,lightly sweet apple and candy sugar..pretty darn good. Nice carbonation and good feel on the tongue. Nice drinkable beer

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy light orange with a white head and a patchy ring of lace around the glass.

S - Light citrus hops, bubblegum, doughy pilsner, Belgian yeast, light earthy notes and a touch of spice.

T - Tart in the beginning followed by citrus hops and juicy bubblegum, spice, belgian yeast, earthy finish.

M - Medium body with high carbonation making seem a touch heavier than it is.

D - Solid BPA.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
Beer #5
A- This beer pours a dense hazy orange body that is almost murky. There is a thick bubble head that last for the full beer.

S- The light but juicy citrus hops gives way to a soft white dough note that blends with some Belgian yeast character.

T- The slight tart note gives way to a mellow juicy citrus hops flavor that takes on more of an apricot flavor as it grows. There is a nice estery Belgian yeast character in the finish with some pine pungency that lingers softly without bitterness.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight scrubbing fizz that settles down after a bit.

O- There is a nice hop flavor and aroma and it would be wonderful to have more of that, but it really compliments the nice yeast character making me beg for another sip to get more of it. This is a very nice beer and sessionable especially for $5.99 a bomber.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to SatlyMalty for introducing this brewery to me. Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date but, as I look at the bottom of the bottle for one, I can see a lot of sediment. Certainly bottle conditioned.

A- Pours a slightly hazy medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that has great retention Sudsy lacing adheres to the glass in random clots.

S- Very Bretty with pungent wafts of yeast, spice, hops and tropical fruit aromas. Notes of lemon, orange, pear and pineapple. Quite effervescent with the alcohol sticking out toward the end and has a barnyard quality to it.

T- Very complex assortment of yeasty richness, subtle hops and a surprising toasty character from the malt. Modest sweetness and tartness. As the beer warms, the flavors get sort of mish-mashed and a the palate becomes a bit confused but, overall, it's a nice flavor profile.

M- Sharp and spritzy with medium-high carbonation and a bigger body than most BSPAs.

O- Very Good. I look forward to trying more of these guys' beers in the future.

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The Royale from Gigantic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 48 ratings