Sun Pillar
Bad Weather Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #82
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
85
Ranked #20,036
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 5.6%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
22
From:
Bad Weather Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
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Wants
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Gots
  5
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews by einman:
Photo of einman
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of this beer. In my mind this was an attempt to capture the origins of this beer which was to make and ale with the refreshing crispness of the newer lagers coming from Germany and Scandinavia. I think this beer is a good version of that. Esp. cold it is crisp and bright. Yet holds the complexity of an ale. Doughy aroma with some fruitiness. Yellow and somewhat cloudy. White head. Smooth malt with the doughy quality. Fruit elements. Bitterness is blending and does not stand out. Nicely balanced. Medium light feel. Soft and smooth.

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Photo of Mnbrewstle
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It smelled of candy sweetness, yeastiness and caramel. Nice sweet flavor with a yeasty bite.

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Photo of morimech
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice yeast esters in the aroma and flavor. Thankfully does not go phenolic. Light body and nicely carbonated makes this an easy Belgian inspired summer beer.

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Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi hazed golden color. Smell was fruit and bubblegum Taste had bananas,citrus belgian yeast and hint of bubble gum. A refreshing Golden Ale that was crisp and flavorful.

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Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very yeast driven, with banana, bubblegum, clove and white pepper. Fairly sweet as well. Aroma is similar, but a little muted. The mouthfeel drags the beer down a little as it is syrupy with only a semi-dry finish. As a result, it comes off like a less crisp and refreshing Hefeweizen.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ish1
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A yeasty and spicy Belgian style aroma with a scent of spice and cracker. Belgian yeast with a scent of clove and white pepper. Dried fruit hints of banana along with some bubblegum. Malt hints of wheat, grains, and cracker. Sweet hints of candied sugar. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and yeasty Belgian style taste with notes of spice and cracker grains. Belgian yeast with notes of clove and pepper. Some dried fruit notes of banana and pear along with some bubblegum. Malt notes of wheat, grains, and cracker. Some sweet notes of candied sugar. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and creamy with a somewhat drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid light Belgian style Pale Ale. Nice spice flavor.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: moderately hazy amber gold under a 1/2" foam cap with fair retention

S: subtle aromas of bread crumb, fruit, faint citrus, banana and bubble gum

T: flavors are spice, black pepper, banana, and light bubble gum

F: medium light body, medium plus carbonation

O: packed with flavor and drinks easy making it a pleasant, sessionable summer beer

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jimmah120
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, "canned 07-12-27"

Small smattering of soap on the top, golden and cloudy with fine particles floating. Smell is powdered sugar and Belgian yeast. Taste is bubblegum, wheat, malt, with a touch of grass. Powdery feel and some slight alcohol burn.

Very good Minnesotan BPA

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakemn91
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lundste
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bwbrev
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adosen01
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of defunksta
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a deep, slightly clouded pale golden color with a tiny white head that is nearly nonexistant. SRM of 7.0. (3.5)

Aroma: First strong aromas of wheat, corn, and honey followed by a sweet Belgian yeast flavor of clove and orange. Some candy sugar underneath. (3.75)

Flavor: Strong Belgian yeast and pepper upfront. Lots of plastic-like clove and bubblegum yeast esters. A slight plastic taste upfront. Followed by a malty honey and candysugar sweetness. Finishes sweet with a clove and honey flavor. Very well balanced. (3.75)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Lower carbonation, but makes up for it with lots of pepper. Yet, leaves a clove and honey flavor on the palate. Mildly syrupy and hides the alcohol well. Smooth and easy to drink. (3.75).

Overall: A good Belgian blonde ale. Nice malt flavors balanced with Belgian yeast. Lots of clove & bubblegrum and gives it a slight saison feel. Not too sweet and it is relatively well balanced. (Final Rating 3.74)

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Sun Pillar from Bad Weather Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 22 ratings