BSDA | pFriem Family Brewers

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

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

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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Photo of wlynch
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Moose90
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of dshansen1184
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Beerbeard
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of woodenbones
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of crowbar540
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of TaborTime
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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 mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of loren01
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of flexabull
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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 grittybrews
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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