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Buzzerkeley | Calicraft Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Calicraft Brewing Co.
California, United States
calicraft.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Buzzerkeley blurs the line between beer and wine. Pushing the boundary of taste and style, this light and zesty Sparkling Ale showcases pure California Starthistle honey and is a blend of two batches, one made with a Champagne yeast, the other with a Belgian yeast, blended one-to-one.

Added by GRG1313 on 07-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,458
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
89
pDev:
13.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONUMello
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip
A: Light orange with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Honey, grass, baking spice and malt
T: Matches the nose. The honey is there, Belgian in style overall
M: Light to medium-bodied, a bit of carbonation but not as much as I expected given the label
O: This is a decent beer but as much as I was expecting something to remind me of California given the label and beer/wine blur, this is a straight up Belgian ale and nothing more

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Photo of frasergrove
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ajlvt
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RBorsato
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fatehunter
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a clear light straw body. Lots of bubbles.
The aroma is a nice pear, apple and spice smell.
The taste is fruity sweet but balanced with a dry tenancy towards the finish.
The texture is medium and fizzy.
It's enjoyable.

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Photo of donspublic
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ssgunbond
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No bottling date but presumed fresh.

A: Pours a hazy ruddy red/orange. Tall and fizzy tan head. Head fades quickly at first but then slows down with decent retention. No sign of lacing.

S: Smells just like a saison to me. Light citrus and grass. Grainy malt. Good amount of cloves.

T: Huh, very unique. Citrus and grass up front but it's got sort of an odd mix of flavors after that. Sweet grainy malt with...honey? Cloves and earthy spices follow. It's sort of like a sweet belgian pale (whereas most are dry and crisp). Lots of white wine in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, sweet and smooth.

O: Hmph. Very unique but I'm not sure that it works. Just a sort of mess of flavors that don't really go together. I see they used champagne use to make this "light and zesty" but it's the exact opposite, it's overly heavy and sweet for a BSPA. Has some wine characteristics but...just doesn't work. Not a bad beer, just not that great either.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matt141
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mwilbur
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into champagne flute.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with high carbonation, but only a 1/4 inch white head that quickly settles down to a thin skim that is continually fed by the carbonation jets...very champagne-like.
S: Belgian yeast, candi sugar, dry white wine, a musty note, white pepper, and a hint of honey.
T: The blend is apparent with the Belgian yeast side hitting first, quickly followed by the champagne yeast side. Honey, dry sweet white wine, white pepper, and a mild musty/funky note. With warming, sourdough and spearmint come to the surface.
M: Light-medium body. Mild effervescence (I was expecting a bit more here based upon appearance). Dry and sweet throughout. Mildly oily feel.
D: An interesting brew to be sure. I like the thought process behind it and the end result is solid, but not spectacular. I wonder what a 5-to-3 ratio of champagne-to-Belgian yeast blend would taste like. It seems if the balance was shifted a bit more toward the champagne yeast side of things it might be even better.

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Photo of smithj4
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pisano
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shivtim
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BradExtreme
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jtrigonis
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of tomb_ride
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elNopalero
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasing color with a warm tan gold hue and great foam.
There's a strong estery aroma with flora notes, with hints of orange peel, coriander and orange blossom.
There's a bit of an unbalanced bitterness with some orange marmalade and a caramel malt. The taste seems off balanced and doesn't live up to the promise of the aroma.

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Buzzerkeley from Calicraft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 89 ratings
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