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Buzzerkeley | Calicraft Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Calicraft Brewing Co.
California, United States

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

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 83
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2.46/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tall 750ml wrapped-cap brown bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA. Shared with Mr Richard Smith.

Pours a very clear golden colour, with an initially frothy white head that settles down to merely a frothy ring. Lace is solid. Body is quite heavy, so it holds carbonation pretty fully, despite the carbonation being a little bit flimsy and coarse.

Nose has some rounded Belgian notes, mingled with some harsher alcohol characters and an Almost Adjunct sweetness. Slight smokiness comes through, although it's perhaps just the slightly savoury note that permeates it along with the cereal character. Overall, it smells a little bit like a Belgian beer done by a non-Belgian: the characters are there, but are not moulded into their correct proportions.

Taste is similarly styled. Big sweetness throughout and more body than necessary, but cut with a estery yeast character that also suggests higher alcohols—it feels inchoately boozy: I know it's only mid-range for a Belgian Strong, but it feels bigger than it is. The palate lingers long after it's necessary, with barley sugar and other cereal sweetnesses extending it beyond its welcome.

Feel is too thick. It needs something to cut through it, and everything seems to fall short of doing it, including the body.

Overall, I found this really difficult to get through. It was in some senses quite a generic Belgian Strong, but it had none of the finesse which makes the style often so good. Ultimately it ended up like a beer someone was trying out without really understanding of what makes it good.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bright amber orange with a lovely, thick and firm white head, that unfortunately fades a bit quickly.

Nose is full assertive esters of banana and cooked stone fruit.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and rich with very light carbonation. In fact, feels almost like a "beer cream."

Flavor profile is bold and assertive rich biscuit and cracker yeast; undertones of fresh white bread but with a rich almost sweet rice undertone. Beer is actually luscious in the mouth with a rich elegance to the flavors. Hints of spice, whiskey and heavily creamed rich honey come to mind.

Finish is cooked honey and fruit with a hint of dry bitterness. This one is really quite complex and very nice all around. The bottle speaks of the beer "blurring the line between beer and wine." Actually a pretty good description.

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Buzzerkeley from Calicraft Brewing Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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