Longshot Nanzer's Belgian Golden Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Longshot Nanzer's Belgian Golden AleLongshot Nanzer's Belgian Golden Ale
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Longshot Nanzer's Belgian Golden AleLongshot Nanzer's Belgian Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 40
Reviews by tone77:
Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of apples. spices. Taste is apples, spices, a bit sweet, a touch of pears, alcohol makes it's presence felt. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of garymuchow
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice malt rich aroma with a good shot of sweetness and a pleasant spice enhancement. Some and lighter in fragrance and this seems more heavy than those, but pleasing nonetheless.
Darker gold color and very clear. Good bubble action. Solid dense white head. Good lacing.
Enjoyable taste. A firm shot of alcohol right up front. Heavy pale malt character and then the blending of spice and other yeast flavors. Dryness on the finish. Even a little hop character rolled into this one.
Overall seems a little heaver in taste and feel too than I typically think for this style. There is adequate carbonation.
This is all right. As with the other two, I'd easily accept if offered.

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Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Completely clear, golden brew, capped with a white head. The aroma is spicy...sugary, fruit, pepper, phenols...lots going on. The taste is sweet, with a nice bitterness and belgian flavors. Soft flavor, with pale malt and oranges. The abv is hidden well, and only comes out after you've had a few sips. Spicy finish and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mitchster
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

9.1% ABV, 18 IBU's. No specs per the website or bottle.
Pours out to a beautiful and brilliant deep golden, forming a tall poofy white head with beautiful retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, about 2.5 carbs or so. They nailed the color, just perfect for the style. The nose smells great...pure chimay yeast here (wlp570)...pears, phenols, cloves, green bananas, a little dust. Gorgeous nose, true to style. The mouthfeel is very nice...densely bodied, but not syrupy or too cloying, finishing lightly dry (still just slightly sweet for the style) with a firm bitterness and a touch of hop flavor in the aftertaste. No off flavors or aromas, the only fault being it's still just a little sweet and heavy for the style, but the firm bitterness makes you think otherwise at first. Alcohol warmth, with a very subtle solventy character

A pretty nice beer, comparable to matilda in many ways.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one brings me within two of my massive Samuel Adams horizontal in support of the purge of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. Following that, I will be getting in my Christmas/Holiday Ales for the year & moving on to the next series of bottles.

From the bottle: "This Belgian Golden Ale has noted of fruit, clove, and pepper in the aroma, balanced by a subtle malt character, and a clean citrus taste and bitterness from the hops. At 9.1% ABV, this beer should be sipped slowly to savor the delicious flavors."; "Brewed by: Kevin Nanzer, CA".

Yo, Nanz, I'm Pop!pin' the cap, baby! I went with a gentle pour since it never really seems to matter with my Samuel Adams Perfect Pour glass with its nucleation etching on the bottom. A pseudo-cascade gave rise to a massive three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, French Vanilla-colored head that sat there in defiance of me. Fine. The neck label seems to indicate that allowing to warm up is encouraged. I will start a load of laundry while I wait for it to subside. (Pause.) I'm back. There is now enough lacing in my glass that I may make some doilies & antimacassars with it. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity & if you don't think that it acted as the clarion call for the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas, you are sadly mistaken! They were in like a flash. Nose had a spicy mustiness and I fully agree with clove & black pepper as well as light apple and pear. Mouthfeel was full, dense, thick, like a dollop of honey on my tongue. The taste was perhaps not as complex as the label on the bottle's neck made it o to be, but it was still very tasty. There was a prevalent Belgian yeast mustiness underlain by a light citrusiness, like tangerine, and then the bite of clove and black pepper kicked in. Phew. The Nanz's yeast really did its part as the finish was totally dry. The peppery mustiness lingered in the back of my throat and the Zephyr winds blew across the Sahara.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours clear and amber colored, the head not quite to the level of what I would expect from the style; modest lacing action

Smell: Juicy fruit gum, candi sugar, clove and cakey malt tones

Taste: Opens with a cake and stone fruit profile, that adds sweet (candi sugar) and spice (clove) through the middle; the alcohol amps up the heat through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Easily the best of the three beers in the Longshot series this year; true to the style and well-executed

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of the 2016 Samuel Adams Longshot Pack - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a burnished golden body with noted clarity capped by a medium-small, white layer of froth.

Smell: Sweetish, candy-hinting nose, a spritz of grandma's very best perfume, half-spent fruity chewing gum, wax lips and cloves.

Taste: A candyish sweet glug of golden syrup edged by a bit of graininess. Same perfumy quality, floral with some orchard fruitskins. A touch of wax lips, chewing gum. Spicy phenols, some alcohol showing. Flavors culminate a bit oddly into the creamy, stickish, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A bit heavy-handed.

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

Pours an effervescent bronze with 1finger of pearl colored head. Decent lacing and average head retention

S: Juicyfruit, green appleskins and perfumy hops

T: Pears, dryness, green appleskins, grassiness a little bit of phenol up front. Pears, honeycrisp apple, green appleskin and a little dryness as this warms. Finishes fruity with a little honey, and juicy fruit

MF: Medium body with fairly firm carbonation

Well done take on the style, very drinkable

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Photo of EMV
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a clear medium golden-peach color. 1.5 fingers of head... little retention and modest lacing.

S: Belgian yeasts... fruit and spice.

T/F: Malts and alcohol up front... spicy cloves and bread. Mild citrus and peach... fruity from the yeasts. Generous carbonation. A bit zesty on the tongue.

O: A reasonably good Belgian Strong Pale, and definitely fits the style. A bit on the 'fruity' side which isn't a bad thing. Easily the best of the mix-a-six 'Longshot' sixer I snagged.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, Belgian yeast, slight alcohol, slight earthiness, and slight citrus hops. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, Belgian yeast, slight pale malt, earthiness, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: light gold color, nice whispy two fingers of head, with decent retention. looks higher on the carbonation side which is appropriate for the style.

S: spice and alcohol up front with some nice Belgian fruity aromas/esters. stone fruit/apricot specifically.

T: nice clean, full rounded flavor. nice fruity suggestions of apricots, pears. dry finish. very smooth.

F: nice carbonation. creamy. dry. nice finish for a 9% bomb

O: a very nice homebrew! could easily be a year round offering. and probably should be. well done! and best one of the pack.

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

Sample while checking out the expo at HomeBrewCon.
Slightly hazy deep golden color with a smallish off white head. Spicy earthy fruity with some Belgian yeasty esters. Light bready malt sweetness. Decent sipper.

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Photo of animal69
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of secondtooth
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy golden, with an off-white head and little lace. The bottle is a wee old, though…

Aroma: Strong Belgian yeasts and spices. Very nice!

Taste: Strong and kicking with notes of fruit, spice, and yeast with a peppery zing and notes of dried fruit and a little funk. Well-done abbey ale here, for sure.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance- The beer pours a beautiful deep golden color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a light bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of fruitiness of orange and pear with some light tropics and a good showing of banana. Along with these aromas comes nice notes of clove and a little bit of bubblegum and yeast.

Taste – The taste begins with a very smooth fruity taste of tropical fruits mixed with some nice thick doughy tastes as well as a little bit of a yeasty and clove flavor. The yeast and clove increase and are joined by some nice flavors a light graininess as well as a strong showing of bubblegum. The sweetness is big in the end, and leaves one with a very pleasant and smooth Belgium flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the medium side with a carbonation level that was very effervescent and bubbly. The feel was quite nice overall for the flavor profile and made for one super nice, and way too easy to drink beer.

Overall – This was one great Belgium golden ale. Tons of flavor and super easy to drink. Dangerous and delicious.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful golden color. Like holy fucking crap, this beer shines like no other. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Retention is very good, with a consistent texture to boot. Webs of lacing stick to the glass. I'm giving this a 5 - I can't think of a more aesthetically pleasing beer I've had to date.

The aroma is pretty textbook for a BSPA - in fact, it seems to resemble a tripel at times. I pick up plenty of candied sugar primarily, with a bready undercurrent beneath that. Gentle touches of black pepper, coriander, and clove also appears. Like I said, it's pretty basic, but there are some interesting notes to be found.

I first taste notes of candied sugar and bread. Slowly, the flavors transition into citrusy flavors, with just a twinge of black pepper. Apple, pear, and apricot finish things off. There are boozy touches here and there, but it doesn't really detract. Somewhat simplistic for 9.1%, I find the complexity too subtle for its own good here.

Usually, American BSPAs are heavy and sweet. This is actually pretty clean, though still a bit on the bulky side. It's not as light or effervescent as Duvel - then again, it's a bigger beer than Duvel. But it's not a syrupy or flat brew. It goes down fairly easily for 9.1%.

A fine beer. It doesn't stand out from the pack by any stretch, but it works well enough. This has been a pretty fun Longshot 6-pack, I've gotta say. Even if there weren't any world-beaters, this one compensated for just being so damn distinctive.

3.43/5: Standard issue, but the drinkability is there

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Photo of Uniobrew31
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Longshot Nanzer's Belgian Golden Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 40 ratings