CBC Hersbrucker Belgian Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by cpetrone84 on 05-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a light copper hue with a one half finger finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel and full esters.

The taste consisted of a an upfront spicy yeast ester, and herbal hop, caramel and a touch of mint.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an easy drinker with nice esters.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice light golden color with a white head with nice staying power. Lace rings on the way down. The nose is definitely pretty interesting, with some light caramel and bread notes alongside a bit of citrus and grass. Some floral aspects as well. The taste features more generic malt and less of the more interesting hop aromas. Feel is nice--fairly light body and somewhat dry. Drinks quite well and I like the concept.

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Photo of mgironta
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of John_M
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Victory the other day. None of the CBC BPA beers I tried were particulary impressive, and absent a few subtle differences, they generally all tasted the same.

The beer pours a honey gold color with decent head retention and minimal lacing. The nose is fairly spicey, consisting of clove, lavendar, ginger and some nutmeg. Unfortunately, this is another beer that smells better then it tastes in this light weight, dry style ale. Really don't get much in this beer, just some light spice, rose petals and light bitterness, leading to a dry, nearly flavorless finish. Given the nose, I was surprised by the lack of flavor, and how dry this beer was. There is literally almost no mid palate to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery. Drinkability would normally be OK (it's apparent the alcohol isn't too high), but there's so little flavor, I just can't call this a drinkable beer.

While by no means terrible, I'm really not very thrilled with this beer. A bit more malt and/or honey would have helped this beer a lot.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewery

A-pours a darker golden orange with a white head that leaves little lace

S-the nose is a little bit buttery and it seems like diacetyl has taken hold. Grainy wheat behind with a grassy hop presence in the back.

T-definitely notes of diacetyl, very buttery. notes of toasted grain and a slight wheat characteristic, grassy hops in the finish.

M-syrupy and cream with a fuller body and a little too chewy lacking the carbonation to balance that thick feel.

D-would have been a very solid offering but the diacetyl took hold and took away from this.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April, 2010 draft at Victory.

Pours a medium gold with a white head. Next to the other CBC belgian-style offerings this expressed a more tangy, almost limey hop presence without the bitterness or malt heft of an IPA. Very dry in fact, almost minerally. Light and spritzy. Quite good play as usual with the fresh, tight hops. Very pure CBC offering from Victory as always.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Victory on 5/16/10.

A - Clear golden/light bronze liquid with a half-inch foamy brick on top that receded to a thin veil and a splash of lacing.

S - Butterscotch paired with grassy and herbal hops and a hint of lemongrass. Malt is sweet with a hint of caramel and toffee candy. Light citrus hop notes and a hint of toasted grain rounds out the equasion.

T - Sweet caramel and toffee notes get things started, although the flavor quickly makes a left turn to reveal a predominantly grassy hop character with a light citrus zing. Some light butterscotch notes are also present, although much more prevalent in the aroma. Is that cilantro I detect? Hmmmm. Finishes with a distinct toasted grainy/bready malt character.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture, although it is just a tad watery overall. Finishes with subtle hop bitterness and a slight dryness on the palate, although there is a bit of residual sweetness that accompanies the bitterness.

D - I wasn't sure what to make of this right away, but this one grew on me over the course of finishing the pint. While the sweetness and slight buttery notes detracted from some of the enjoyment, this was ultimately rather pleasant and boasted a nice grassy hop profile with a hint of citrus, which made for a pretty tasty combo.

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Photo of tubbnik
4/5  rDev +8.7%

CBC Hersbrucker Belgian Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 8 ratings