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
Ratings:
89
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
13.78%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 17
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
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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4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into LA stemmed ware.

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a huge bright white head that slowly faded into a bubbly film.
S: Bright notes of champagne yeast, dry grains, pale malts, earth, lemon zest and a hint of sweet honey fill my nose. There is a mild spiciness as well.
T: More of a bready lager taste than anything else. Honey shines through nicely alongside more potent notes of bready grains, yeast and earthy spices. Very clean drinking and refreshing. I get a few notes of herbal hops in the aftertaste.
M: Medium body, very clean, light, and refreshing mouthfeel, with bubbly carb that isn’t over the top. Drinkability is off the charts.
O: Three for three from a great new brewery. I could drink this all day. Light and refreshing but flavorful and unique. Definitely check Calicraft out.

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4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Something different a sparkling ale, it wasn't to bad...gotta try it

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy and pilsner malts with some Belgian yeast, lemon zest, and some coriander and other spices.

T - Starts off with a mix of pilsner and grainy malts with some lemon zest and coriander. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast flavors come through with some more spices and a bit more fruity esters. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy and pilsner malts, lemon zest, and Belgian yeast.

M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with sweet, dry, and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel. Good yeast character.

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4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a New Belgium glass.

A: Hazy pale gold with small, white head. Effervescence.

S: Smells kind of like a tripel. Sweet grain. Belgian yeast.

T/M: Very tasty. I can taste the honeyed sweetness. The spicy-clean-sparkly yeast is spot on, providing for a ever-so-slightly tart (and dry) aftertaste. The mouthfeel is engaging and fantastic.

O: I was told that this beer was an accident in the brewer's dorm room, where he tried to make a mead and it went to hell and his buddy said ,"Just throw some champagne yeast in there to dry it out and all." Regardless, it's great. Recommended strongly.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours from a foil capped 750 ml bottle a clear yellowish with a solid 1-finger thick effervescent white head which leaves semi-rings and splotches.

N: White grape skins and some must, yeast, floral and hay/grass.

T: Fruity esters, grassy, some mild spicy pepper, faintly musty/mold.

M: Moderate body and semi-full carbonation. Finishes champange-like dry with zesty yeast and pepper.

O: A hybrid experimental with slightly too much pepper for me. 1 is enough.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear copper amber, yellow cream colored head which receded fairly rapidly, little lacing.

Aroma is mildly phenolic dominated. An underlying herbal clean richness.

Nice orange citrus. Properly balanced dry and bitter. Defined by a pleasant long evolving aftertaste, lingers appropriately. Medium bodied fizzy mouthfeel, crisp in spite of its thickness.
cheers
jd

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Buzzerkeley from Calicraft Brewing Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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