Esther | Platform Beer Co.

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EstherEsther
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3.86/5
Very Good
48 Ratings
EstherEsther
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Platform Beer Co.
Ohio, United States
platformbeer.co

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Papismurph on 11-10-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,880
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
48
pDev:
6.48%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a 6pck of this from my local meijer. It poured a clear dark amber with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had dark fruit and Belgian flare. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with dark fruit mixed with Belgian sugar. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—when held up to a bright light it is very dark red. It poured with a collar of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass and a patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of plums are present in the nose.
T: Lots of flavors of dark fruits—plums and raisins seem to stand out in particular—are present in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a little more like a quadrupel than a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of smithj4
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrProBowler
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donzilake
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MeIquiades
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WormGod
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puck1225
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Clear,dark brown with a decent head and lacing. Smell of dates and dark raisin. These carries over to the taste along with warm spices and a bit of cola. Enjoyable winter warmer.

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Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/6/18 draft @ The Brew Kettle Hudson

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice roasted malt combo in this sweet Belgian. Chocolate plum and spice notes. Head vanishes with a soda-like appearance. Lots of carbonation. Finishes bitter chocolate, a little sassafras with thick body.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CaptainHate
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Quizlock
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tony210
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This can was bought in Dec 2016

Pours dark ruby red with minimal head. Aroma is molasses, cherries, caramel. Nice Xmas flavors, brown sugar, light clove, allspice, cinnamon. Some esters from the yeast. Sweet and sticky with light carbonation. Overall a really enjoyable beer that held up nicely for being 1 year old. I recall the beer being a bit more vibrant when drank fresh, but it is still delicious.

12/5/17
12 oz can
4.25 rating

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Photo of travelguy
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate in a snifter. This nice little ale
pours a dark brown with a light cola highlight and a nice head of off white foam
the subsides to a thin ring, thin pool, and showcases light sudsy lacing. Nose of
light cinnamon, subtle coriander, subtle chocolate, light toast, caramel malts,
brown sugars, and light fig. Flavors follow the nose with a light brown sugar
and mild cola flavor dashed with a touch of coriander and nutmeg mingling with
mild cocoa and fig notes that are dashed with cinnamon and a mild wafting herbal
hop. Very nice mouth feel; medium body, medium light carbonation, and a spice and
malt finish.

Overall a more than solid offering from a solid brewery!

Cheers

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Photo of nitter
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aj81789
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zombiefeynman
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BamfBacon
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yeldarb92
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Babalu614
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to snifter at Mad Mex in downtown Columbus. Poured dark brown with a tan head almost stout like. smells of chocolate, spices, fig, malts. Nice smooth feel with a kick of spice. Tastes of chocolate, honey, sugar, spices. Each sip tasted better and better. Overall this felt more like a stout than belgian ale, that said it was the best beer I have had from Platform Brewing.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass; no can dating, but is a recent seasonal release. Pours lightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apple, peppercorn, clove, caramel, honey, brown sugar, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of banana, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, honey/candi sugar, and dark/bready/light roast malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apple, peppercorn, clove, caramel, honey, brown sugar, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of banana, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness and light herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, apple, pepper, clove, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, light cocoa/nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, honey/candi sugar, and dark/bready/light roast malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from yeast spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden, minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, honey/candi sugar, and dark/bready/light roast malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV. Very impressive complexity, with great balance of yeast/malt flavors; never overly sweet or heavy feeling. A really enjoyable offering.

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Esther from Platform Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 48 ratings