Wicked Weed Brewing

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #45
Ranked #8,997
4.02 | pDev: 6.72%
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
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Reviews by StonedTrippin:
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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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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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zac16125 from South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub

A: Crystal clear, pale golden yellow, white head, retention ok and lacing is good 4.25

S: sweet fruity esters, subtle Belgium yeast, not much else 3

T: fruity esters, spice; really just mostly overwhelming sweet fruity notes; meh 3

M/D: medium body, carbonation appropriate, drinkability is average 3.75

O: pretty disappointing, probably my least favorite WW beer to date 3

Oct 16, 2015
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StoutSnob40 from California

3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mar 31, 2016
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 29, 2016
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Agentveba from North Carolina

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

Feb 06, 2016
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HopsForBrains from North Carolina

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

Apr 12, 2016
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SFNC from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 25, 2016
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hockeypuck from Maine

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

Jul 10, 2016
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Irish57 from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 14, 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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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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Patches826 from Massachusetts

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

Feb 18, 2017
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reebtaerG from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 03, 2016
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JMFP from Delaware

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

May 09, 2016
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target88 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 08, 2015
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Nat1975 from Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 01, 2017
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WCKDVBZ from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Sep 22, 2014
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Jhfinn from New York

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

Oct 15, 2016
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CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 14, 2016
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MemphisSooner from Tennessee

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

Oct 22, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 OZ bottle into a tulip glass. The appearance is a slightly cloudy yellow with a small white head. The aroma is light citrus. The taste is non-descript but hides the 9% ABV well.

Mar 18, 2016
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Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 23, 2016
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DrMindbender from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 17, 2015
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mrob22278 from Maine

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

May 25, 2016
Bedeviled from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 106 ratings