Wicked Weed Brewing

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #47
Ranked #8,924
4.02 | pDev: 6.72%
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Slightly hazy gold. Two fingers of thick white head with endless retention.

Smell: Sweet dough, bananas, and Christmas spices.

Taste: Sweet, spicy, cinnamon, banana phenol-heavy.

Mouthfeel: Full and smooth, with very high carbonation.

Overall: A great American take on a foreign style.

Jan 04, 2021
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Golden with haze (yeast was poured). Massive Rocky white head shows excellent retention. Chunky lacing.

S: Crisp grain and bread. Juicy pear and golden raisin, soft clove. Light green hop accent.

T: More fruit-forward with a lot of that juicy pear. Booze-soaked golden raisins. Mild clove. Yeast. Freshly baked bread. Mild green hop oil.

M: Heftier medium body. Thick and creamy, even a bit chewy. Stiff prickle of carbonation.

O: Really good take on the style. A bit more rounded and hefty than Duvel (let's face it, that's the benchmark), but well brewed and pretty spot on.

Dec 16, 2017
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Gavage from Nevada

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1/2" head that slowly falls.

Smell: belgian yeast, spices, and lemons are in the aroma.

Taste: grass biscuit base with clove, pepper, lemon zest, and a spicy belgian yeast. Alcohol is slightly warming. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with dryness late.

Overall: a full flavored belgian ale with plenty of spiciness and refreshment.

Sep 02, 2017
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nick_perry from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color. Foamy white head that quickly recedes. Yeast aromas. Biscuity flavor accented by notes of spice and yeast. Very carbonated mouthfeel. Lingering finish.

Mar 11, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden amber light haze. Medium, foamy, white head that lasts a while.

Smells clove, spice, grassy, yeasty, banana.

Tastes light bready, cloves, spice, light banana and grassy finish is semi-sweet with a light clove and banana linger. Medium body and medium picky carbonation

Feb 27, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 12/19/16:
I was being careful on the pour and did notice a little trail of yeast near the end of the pour and tried to decant. The beer has a light haze to it (maybe chill), but I can easily see my finger on the other side of the glass as I grab it. Fairly lively carbonation yields a nice couple of fingers of white foam. Thick tufts of soapy head collects at the edge. A sheet of this stuff is left against the back wall as I take a sip.

The nose has a nice spiced note to it up front, almost like a spiced white ale (without the wheat notes). I get clove mainly mixed in with Belgian yeast. With a few whiffs, I start to notice a lighter hay-like note in there as well.

Taking a sip, there is a little prickly carbonation but also an alcohol bite that hit the front of my tongue. As the beer hits the middle of the tongue, I start getting the spice and yeast from the nose. As the beer continues its journey, I start to notice a grassy to maybe lightly herbal bitterness. The beer loses its opening bite here and fills the palate better.

For most of the glass, the balancing to slightly bitter-leaning nature of the beer is enjoyable. However, the taste doesn't end there and the yeast comes on again and I get apple and pear. As I get near the bottom, these two phases blend together and the fruit ends up slightly more prominent, but not as sweet as when I noticed it separately.

I appreciate this beer but wish the bitter phase I got in the middle of the beer early was the flavor I got more of. As I sipped and didn't analyze for a review, this was a fine beer beer to sip and enjoy.

Feb 05, 2017
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a nice clear gold that looks a bit yellow and really nice. Despite the head retention being a little poor (although that may be , the beer has a very nice look to it.

The smell is fairly good. It has a nice sweet and fruity note to it with a bit of light bitterness and Belgian sugar notes. The spice tends to come underneath the fruit notes.

The taste strongly resembles the taste but with a much more prominent hop bitterness but barely. The fruit and sweetness as well as the Belgian sugar and yeast are still there and work well with the bitterness.

The feel is decent. It's a slick beer with some very light carbonation and slight syrupy body. It has a heavy body and a bit of weight to it.

Overall, a pretty decent beer and a nice average Belgian. It isn't super unique bit it is well made and worth while to have as a dessert or beer to chill with.

Feb 04, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Wicked Weed globe/snifter glass. Bottled Dec 19th 2016.

Golden amber body color, slightly orange with a little bit of carbonation. Bright white head, but low on creation reaching just a little over a finger off the pour. Creamy topped appearance with some swiss cheese bubbles.

Solid aroma if a bit neutral. Large amounts of spicy phenols but not overboard hinting at clove like aromas. Minimal fruity character and a touch of light sweetness. Mostly comes off a bit spice hot on the nose though.

Palate sticks to the basics. Soft candied and malt body, with little syrupy play. Good amounts of spiced clove and a bit of a herbal hop bitterness as well. More pungent than fruity, savory than sweet on the palate. A bit of a clean finish with a little bit of honey feel but without cloying sweetness.

A pretty basic Belgian strong but does have a good spicy punch.

Feb 04, 2017
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aac5269 from Massachusetts

4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really bright golden color, super fruity and mildly spicy on the nose, great bubbly and crisp mouthfeel. Lovely beer all's also 9% sooooo

Dec 20, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Asheville NC area.on 1 November 2016.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber body. Small and bubbly but semi-durable white head. Head leaves a some spots on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet biscuits, hops, yeast and tropical fruit notes including banana and pineapple.

Flavor: Moderately strong flavor that's fruity, bready, peppery, slightly tart and mildly bitter. The high ABV is well hidden. Moderate complexity; low funkiness. Relatively good finish and aftertaste.

Feel: medium body with medium+ carbonation. ABV mostly hidden. Dry finish

O: true Belgian quality.

Nov 01, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i am finding myself liking some of the not wild beers as much as the more highly acclaimed funky beers from these guys, now that they have been in colorado a little while and i have had the opportunity to drink through much of what they have sent out. definitely a fan of this one, they have done the belgian stuff well. maybe a little more simple here, especially on the yeast side of things, than you might find in belgian beers themselves in a similar style, but i like how its sort of clean on the yeast, lets the sweeter malt come through easy in the middle, has a fresh herbaceous quality, and just enough booze bite. mild white pepper notes from the yeast, even a faint sage hint. crystal clear golden honey color with an attractive white lace head with great retention. hints of banana and pepper on the nose, sweeter and lighter in the flavor. awesome carbonation and some warming alcohol strength as it winds down. somewhat easy drinking for what it is, i could happily make an evening of these. the recipe is simple and the quality is high. just a bit of earthy spicy hops in the finish too. quality brew and in some ways every bit as appealing as some of the wild ones i have had lately!

Oct 11, 2016
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very pale, light yellow body with glunky-looking, suspended particulate matter. Smallish, whitish head.

Smell: A lightly sweetish, honey-tinged scent of golden barley housing minute notes smelling of citrus, chewing gum, pear nectar, white wine, a hint of grain, florals and peppery clove.

Taste: Honeyish, rock candied pale malts, moderately bready with a lightly grainy backing. As with the nose, spicy phenolics and fruity notes abound, still with apple, pear and banana. White pepper, powdered clove with some well warming alcohol. Spicy-sweetish, lightly boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Lightly creamyish mouthfeel.

Overall: Decent enough, but not outstanding. Though, I will say it's better than a great many American-born Belgiany brews by a fair margin.

Aug 27, 2016
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jcattey from Wisconsin

4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I thoroughly enjoyed this take on the style. It is a bit more boozy than some others, but it works. It was a great sipper on the deck in 90 degree heat.

Aug 01, 2016
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jcflorian from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with light head and minimal lacing.

Aroma- it's def a Belgian. Yeast flavor very evident.

Taste- yeast upfront with back end sweetness. Def get the Belgian twang late.

Mouthfeel very creamy. Goes down easily for a 9 Perc beer.

Overall- while def not my fav Belgian, this is enjoyable as a change of pace beer. Worth seeking out for sure, just significant notch below the rocheforts

Jul 30, 2016
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a murky golden yellow color with thick lacing on the sides and a thin head that is maintained throughout the drinking. Aromas were thick with grassy yeast and an almost flowery honey spice. Taste followed the nose with a light bready flavor mixed with some fruits, cloves, and spices. Generally sweet in taste. The mouthfeel to this beer is slightly heavy and creamy with a good carbonation. Overall, this was fantastic.

Jul 24, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I began NBS (# 595) with Duvel, so I guess that it is apropos that I am now Bedeviled at this point in the day.

From the bottle: "Heat-waved visions of liquid gold bewitch our will for any other. Our desire for the spice and warmth of Belgian tradition is made more intense by her smoldering touch. We give in and allow her to quench our bedeviled thirst."

I Pop!ped the cap, but seeing the lees in the punt, I was VERY gentle in decanting the beer. I then gave it a gentle in-glass swirl to raise a brief finger of foamy, bone-white head that quickly fell back to wisps. Color was a Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a mild musty funk, much akin to the Duvel that began the day. Impressive! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, but with a champagne-like effervescence, Man, it was scrubbing on my poor, beaten tongue and it felt really, really good. Speaking of really good, I was fully digging the taste. It was clearly yeast-driven, with notes of banana and black pepper along with the trademark old newspaper-like mustiness. Needless to say, it was a very dry beer, very quenching and very big. One was plenty. In fact, I put the last two fingers of it, still in the bottle, back in the reefer, to allow the lees to settle back down before a last pour or two.

Jul 17, 2016
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to my mom who picked this up at the brewery while in Asheville. Bottled April 8, 2016 and served cold into a pint glass. This version is advertised as 9.0% ABV.

Appearance - Moderately pale golden straw color that is very hazy and full of carbonation. Forms a nice finger and a half of fluffy white head on top with good retention. Some sparse lacing left behind.

Smell - Some yeast, with a grassy lingering background and just a hint of wood burning smoke. A little candi sugar for a well rounded aroma. Not much fruit and a bit of a dank smell as well. Some banana thrown in for good measure.

Taste - Not quite like the nose, additional smoke, some yeasty and a steady graininess. Fruit is low but maybe a hint of pear in the backing flavors. Banana and clove continues here too.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, well carbonated, light body but substantial presence. Well crafted.

Overall - Bedeviled Golden Strong is a fine Belgian Pale Ale, with a nice use of smoke and hefeweizen flavors to complement traditional Belgian pale Ale flavors and aromas.

Jul 13, 2016
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with a 3F head in a tulip glass.

Nice Aroma: spicy, banana, possibly coriander. Very close to classic Belgian aroma.

Lightly bitter , just the right amount for the style.

The taste is excellent: spicy, banana, very traditional, with a lightly bitter finish.

Overall: excellent approach to the style. Is this 9%. It goes down too easy
Recommended warmer to bring out the spice and bitterness.

Jul 09, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Instead of siding with the religious sector that's largely responsible for flavors like stronger, golden ale of Belgium, the more secular or commercial brewers who think its disingenuous to mimic the monks beers when not brewed by them, an anti-religious genre of labels emerge, yet the taste is synonymous with the quality of that out of the abbey.

Heavy on weizen character, the resemblance to German-styled wheat beer starts with its hazy golden hue. Carrying a thick and frothy cap, its scent is redolent of banana and clove with bread and white wine underpinnings. Its taste is sweet, bready and fruity in the sugar cookie realms.

With the flavors rolling across the middle, the banana, papaya, and pawpaw flavors reveal a citrusy lemon and orange character playing secondary to the tropical and orchard fruits. Mild cider acidity plays into a light chardonnay character before closing with a simmering peppery taste with clove, vanilla and a mint-like hop after-tow.

Richer and breadier than true Belgian counterparts, the resemblance to hefeweizen continues. Bready, lightly sugary and medium-bodied, the beer's finish is warm with vinous alcohol and the cooling evaporation the vanilla and mint carry. Lightly bittered the after-palate is peppery and warm with a medium-length linger of straw and grass.

Jul 05, 2016
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twage04 from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing light yellow with average to high carbonation. Smell is of fruit, booze, spice and taste is much of the same. This beer almost tastes more like a strong saison or wit at times with the spice. An enjoyable unique beer but for its style it doesn't seem to hold up well against others I've tried.

Jun 11, 2016
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JamesBondGA from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a hazy yellowish color with a huge 2+ inch head that slowly dissipates. Yeast gets you on the nose along with banana. There is kind of a spice taste to it. Good carbonation and it drinks really easy. Don't even taste the alcohol with is surprising considering it is 9%. Very enjoyable.

Jun 05, 2016
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jopezu from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear straw with a massive head that hangs out for a few minutes. nose; belgian yeast, sourdough, & mild hops. taste; lightly sour yeast, wheat, apple, grassy hops, banana, & gum. medium+ carbonation & mouthfeel. pretty solid belgian ale that hits all the required notes.

Jun 04, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint, bottled 4/8/16

A- pours a hazy golden color with a huge frothy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- spicy Belgian yeast gives aromas of clove, peppercorn, banana, ripe pear, must and phenolic notes

T- spicy and peppery up front with big yeasty and musty notes, followed by a mixture of banana, clove, pear and melon. The finish is phenolic, with hints of lemon & pepper on the linger

M- medium-heavy body with light carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy into the finish, ABV is hidden well

O- this is pretty much everything you look for in this style, delicious beer

May 26, 2016
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle poured into chalice

hazy yellow, solid one finger white foam cap, good lacings

nice yeast aroma, whiff of banana

little sweet, good yeast , nice representation of a Belgian

good carbonation, alcohol is well hidden

Good beer, repeatable

May 26, 2016
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farrago from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Two to three fingers of nicely dense white foam, even surface, very good retention, the lacing is more or less unremarkable, a few streaks here and there but nothing visually distinctive. The liquid is gauzy from very fine particulate matter floating about, multiple tight beads give it visual activity and feed the surface foam, basic golden color. The nose has a pleasing compactness to it, pepper and unprocessed grains before softening slightly into banana, clove and leesy notes, cane sugar, orange peel, apricot to peach fills it our further, what it may sacrifice in richness and sweetness it makes up for via good posture and directness. Medium-bodied, same general approach in the mouth as it is dry from the first sip and offers a slight vinous grip. The carbonation is inconsistent but more prickly than soft when present. The tartness adds green apple, pineapple accents to the base of peach, cherry, banana fruit. The clove, ginger here trumps the white peppercorns. More cotton candy and violets than pure sugar. There’s a clean earthiness to the finish, only a minor metallic ring. Were it not for the higher alcohol content it drinks smoothly enough to session a few.

May 15, 2016
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