Or De Belgique | Blacklist Artisan Ales

Or De BelgiqueOr De Belgique
BA SCORE
3.75/5
28 Ratings
Or De BelgiqueOr De Belgique
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blacklist Artisan Ales
Minnesota, United States
blacklistbeer.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by dougofthefuture on 07-01-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,323
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
28
pDev:
13.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by dougofthefuture:
Photo of dougofthefuture
1.49/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I feel compelled to review this, as the packaging tricked me in to believing this was a good beer.

Appearance was awful - it pours a very muddy brown, with a fizzy head that lasted about half a second. Instantly, this reminded me of early homebrew efforts. Aroma was more of the same - yeasty in an unflattering way, with a bit too much malt character. Drinking this was a chore - it definitely seems like the yeast wasn't allowed to finish. Booze and unfermented malt dominate. Overly bubbly and harshly carbonated.

Yuck. I tried, but I dumped most of this. Pretty label anyhow...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popping the cork releases fruity aromas – primarily peach with a hint of fresh laundry, a hint of smoke, floral notes and some biscuit.
Or de Belgique pours a hazy peach color under a 2” bone-white moussey foam cap that descends to a very thick, lace producing film.
The attack starts with pear, peach, bubble gum over toffee malt flavors that finishes with a medium hop bitter emphasis on the end.
The alcohol is pretty much masked by everything else in the beer. The beer has a very smooth, creamy, rich and luscious texture giving it a very effervescent, medium body.

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Photo of optimator705
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BigAl18
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bunuelian
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VashonGuy
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: on tap, at the Blacklist taproom. Or de Belgique is hazy golden, with a big head, and generous lacing. The aroma is yeasty, just a little sweet, with mild spicing, and the taste is similar, with mild fruit (bananas?). This beer is a very good example of a Belgian strong pale ale, and could stand up in comparison with the more famous benchmarks of the style. It's well worth seeking out, for anyone who likes the style.

The ABV wasn't apparent while drinking it, but at 9.5%, you'll notice the effect of a couple of these.

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of mrseano
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sparx1100
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kguard
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Metalsnota
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, orange color with a small, short-lived head. It smelled fruity, estery and sweet with a hint of candy sugar. Sweet with a hint of tartness. Fruity flavors of apple and pear. A mild bitterness.

Note: the can I bought says the ABV is 7.5% not 9.5%

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Photo of ONUMello
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, no obvious freshness date, poured into a tulip
A: Golden/straw colored with a 1+ finger head that slowly settles
S: Malt, coriander, Belgian yeast, a bit muted
T: Matches the nose adding banana
M: Medium-bodied, somewhat sweet
O: A decent beer for the style but nothing particularly stood out

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Photo of carlmoberg
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of olafphysics
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip.

Pours a hazy/cloudy orange/gold. The head is three fingers and very foamy, with remarkable staying power for the ABV. Excellent lacing.

The nose presents with malt and fruit at the front, though somewhat muddy and elusive as to which fruit profile is pursued. Muted spice notes in the background. A bid lacking in complexity, but a nice aroma.

The flavor is somewhat like the nose. Malts and fruits forward, but the fruit is difficult to describe beyond "fruity." Trending more toward the apple/pear flavor, with yeast and a touch of sourness at the finish. Muted peppery spice notes. Completely lacking in hops, leading one to wonder if a bit of bitterness would have helped discern the sweet flavors more effectively. Overall a pleasing flavor, but somewhat sweet, muddled, and subdued. Still--solid.

The mouthfeel is awfully good. Medium to full bodied, but deceptively so thanks to excellent carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid offering from a Duluth brewer. A bit sweet for the style, and lacking in clarity, but very drinkable and approachable.

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Photo of sacrelicio
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a creamy, lighter golden color. Fairly clear. Head was fairly thick and frothy. Nice carbonation bubbles rising in the glass.
The nose is interesting, in a pleasing way. This beer almost smells like a wild ale. Some malt notes.
The taste is quite rich. Lots of flavors. I get, almost a fruity hint. I get nice malts. I don't really get any hops.
Full mouthfeel. Nice body. Nice creamy feeling going down.
Delicious beer.

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Photo of Vukusich
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heytomcat
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of mnbrewery
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CMEG
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very pleasant beer! Pours a hazy gold with minimal white head. A slightly yeasty smell - like a good Belgian. Taste is more complex than the smell - bright and spicy on the front with a pleasant, mildly bitter aftertaste. Despite the ABV, not boozy. Mouthfeel is balanced - carbonation is perfect - a bit more than many Belgians. A solid beer!

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Photo of donaldgarner
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of DaveMiller
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 28 ratings
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