CBC Hallertauer 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): 6.30%

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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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Vistory the other day. I thought this the least impressive of all the CBC BPA's beers I sampled - none of which were particularly impressive or memorable.

The beer pours a honey gold color with decent head retention and minimal lacing. The nose is fairly mute consisting of some light spice, a touch of clove and some nutmeg. Flavors replicate the nose in this light weight, dry style ale. Really don't get much in this beer, just some light spice and bitterness, leading to a dry, nearly flavorless fisnish. What I do get is passable, but it's hardly the sort of beer that has you jumping up and down for joy. 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.

Mehhh.... can't imagine ever ordering this again.

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Photo of dgherm
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of JAXSON
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April, 2010 rate on draft at Victory.

I was a little wary as I'm not normally a huge fan of their more yeasty, Belgian style stuff. Poured a deep gold with a white head. Slightly sweet, yeasty nose. Vibrant and prickly in the mouth, light fruits like banana, crisp grassy hops. Dry, no lingering bitterness. Shines a bit like their better pilsners do.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger, NYC.

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

The smell featured light esters and a super spicy noble hop.

The taste consisted of a full frontal spice due to the combination of the esters and the hallertauer hops. There was a slight doughiness detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a pretty good Belgian style pale ale. Very approachable.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a "leave" from base (the Reading WWII Weekend) on 05JUN10, so I scooted down to Victory for some lunch and biers. Started with one of their many one-off CBC offerings, and a 0.5l glass.

The drinking vessel had a clear, medium-golden/copper liquid filling it, accompanied by steady carbo. Up top sat a frothy, white head, at about 1/2" to 1/4", with excellent stick left in its wake. The nose had some earthy, herbal notes, with suggestions of spiciness. Medium-bodied, this one had a touch of prickle as it passed across the tongue. Just a touch, though, and no serious impediment.

The bier was dry from the start, with crackery malts leading off. The meat of the order had some herbal, grassy hoppage, along with some floral touches. That florality lasted well, sticking on the palate nicely. May have had another, but Victory has soooo many offerings on tap at their brewpub that I just had to move on...


look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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Photo of Soonami
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the smell and taste, this beer definitely nailed the Belgian character with spicy phenols and healthy amount of fruit. The beer was a substantial golden color with very good lacing and head. The earthy, damp grass aroma and flavor of the Hallertau hops was present and blended well with yeast contributions. The body full and satisfying.

I definitely enjoyed beer and would order another.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Victory

A-light transparent golden yellow color with a nice straight white head and decent lace

S-good nose, lightly toasted barley, notes of bread. sweet hops in the back, grassy, hints of herbal hops, and a touch of honey.

T-very nice, toasted barley and bread lay the foundation, notes of grain come up faintly. herbal hops, lemon grassy notes, sweet honey in the back.

M-smooth and creamy with a medium to light body, syrupy on the palate and nice carbonation to balance out the syrupy texture giving it a crisp finish.

D-very solid ale, good balance of malt and hop, nice toasted flavors and a good sweet finish with a soft full texture and good crisp finish.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery, then brought a growler home for the review two days later.

Pours with a huge, foamy white head that fades to film, with a decent amount of lacing. Body is a deep golden color, with plenty of visible carbonation.

Aromas are mostly malt-forward - fresh French bread comes to mind, with a lightly spiced and grassy hop zest.

Really smooth and rich mouthfeel, with plenty of malty sweetness partnered with an earthy/ grassy hop bite in the finish. Slight citrusy acidic twang as it warms, too. Very well balanced. Fresh and flavorful.

Huge on the drinkability meter - drinks like a session, but with all the flavor you'd expect from a Belgian Pale Ale.

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CBC Hallertauer Belgian Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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