BSDA | pFriem Family Brewers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
pFriem Family Brewers
Oregon, United States
pfriembeer.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beertunes on 08-06-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
8
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
17.07%
 
 
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0
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2
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Impfan
4.48/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Possibly the driest 10%+ ale I’ve ever tasted. Cognac colored with a finger of slim white head that vanished fairly quickly. Very complex nose of dry apple cider, armagnac, Calvados,, chocolate, fig, toffee, roasted chestnut, banana and clove. Extremely long and dry (even austere) finish. Great stuff!

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Photo of jnsjnsjns
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I visited pFriem during the Hops Fest held in Hood River, OR this year and couldn't have been more pleased. A fantastic brew pub with fantastic food and beers. Their strong dark was a stand out to me. A little bit of an alcohol tinge, especially as it warms up, otherwise a wonderful beer all around. Smells of currant, a bit port-like, caramel, toffee and a fatastic flavor. A sipper, well worth the time. I live in Bend and was so happy to find it on tap at Crow's Feet! Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of ricke49
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

not specifically released as a winter warmer/treat; this brew however provides the ideal winter characteristics of malti-ness, alcohol warmth and spice notes to make it an ideal choice for areal winter, snow-bound, evening. I'm perplexed by one of the earlier reviews which actually mentions 'barf' - must have either been a bad bottle, or bad palate. This offering is amazing. Spice, figs, perfect carbonation. Very smooth for 10% abv. Great brew.

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4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaybeKatie
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a darkish brown color with some red and purple highlights, a lightly dirty cap sits atop. This beer has some decent head retention leaving a few rings of lacing.

S: Dark fruits, candy sugar, chocolate and booze come to mind at first. Much like any for this style. I detect a little bit spiceiness, perhaps pepper, cloves?

T: Initial candy covered dark fruits. Some chocolate in there and the booze sordove dashes in and out. A little bit of spiciness comes out and some does a grape bubble gum like note with more chocolate. The finish is a bit sweet, plenty of heat but not overly sweet and tends to dry out a bit

M: Medium-full bodied, robust,sweet and creamy. Well carbonated for the style.

O: A very good representation of the style and this is a style I absolutely love.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark mahogany brown with red highlights. Thin off-white head dissipated slowly to patches and a ring around the glass. Aroma of sweet bready malt, dark stone fruit and spicing that was reminiscent of winter warmers; cinnamon and cloves. Inviting. Flavor is unusual, starting with semi-sweet dark stone fruit, clove, dried dark fruit, earthy. Finishes much drier with a strong neutral hop and peppery spice finish. The cinnamon and cloves are strong in this one. Medium bodied. A different take on a BDSA, surprising dry for the sweet aroma, and almost medicinal in the bittering herbs and hops. Somehow this all came together for me and I enjoyed this quite a bit, although if I had my heart set on a classic Belgian dark profile, I wouldn't have been as happy. Cloves were very dominant here. I found the high ABV well hidden, making this a somewhat dangerous beer in a growler, sneaky to drink. One of those ales that are unusual enough that they invite continual tasting to try to figure out what's going on. Not what I expected, but quite good. I've heard good things about Pfriem and this is a fine start. I would have been very happy with this as a winter warmer.

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Photo of MacStinson
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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BSDA from pFriem Family Brewers
3.69 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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