Buzzerkeley | Calicraft Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
58.4%
Liked This Beer
3.69 w/ 89 ratings
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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:
#28,203
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
89
Liked:
52
Avg:
3.69/5
pDev:
13.82%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 17
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and white grape juice. Taste is much the same with a yeasty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and tasty.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
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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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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 largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive golden color in what seems like the appropriate Stella Artois glass. White head and sudsy mouthfeel. The aroma of honey is not so nice.

My first thought on tasting this is "Champale is back!" I'm waiting for the Almonetta, Coconetta, and all the other ladies' favorite flavors. The champagne yeast seems to be just the ticket for a lighter, smoother Belgian-inspired beer. This is one beer that you don't want to warm up. When I had this on tap at the Church Key in San Francisco it was really cold and delicious.

From the 750 ml bottle bought at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a tall white head. Nose is bready with plenty of sweet malt. A bit of spice along with yeast, floral notes, and a light fruit ester quality. The flavor is typical of a Belgian pale ale. Good esters and spices, yeast, and a bit of biscuit malt and toasted bread. Didn't expect much from this, but found it enjoyable.

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Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.46/5  rDev -33.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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 AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Photo of dertyd
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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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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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Buzzerkeley from Calicraft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 58.4% out of 100 with 89 ratings
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