Atlas Extra Strong 8.5
United Dutch Breweries B.V.

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2.61 | pDev: 0%
United Dutch Breweries B.V.
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2.83/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer while in Rome. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1-2 inch head. Smell is of malts. Taste is alcohol, malts, light metals, way to much alcohol for 8.5%. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is not so good.

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2.38/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

500ml can, the last in this quartet of high-test lagers to reach we Albertans from the Low Countries. No corn in this one, apparently.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three zaftig fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves some splattered hovering island lace around the glass as it quickly books it outta town.

It smells of grainy and bready pale malt, Poire Williams, dead yeast, and some menacing metallic booziness. The taste is cheap and sweet graininess, hot pears and apples, phenolic yeast, damp cardboard, some ethereal grassy and perfumed floral bitterness, and a hovering sword of Damocles alcohol measure.

The carbonation is typical via its barely supportive frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and not particularly smooth, but not un-smooth, either, if you get my drift. It finishes well off-dry, the sugary and boozy malt pretty much putting a suplex on my weakening palate.

Overall, this is the least 'impressive' of this lot of boozy-booze offerings, which is weird, as it's also the lowest in ABV. I actually preferred the 'Mega Strong 16', as it somehow hid its flaws more carefully. At any rate, if you're going to go and drink this shit on a regular basis, why not go big or go home, eh?

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Atlas Extra Strong 8.5 from United Dutch Breweries B.V.
Beer rating: 2.61 out of 5 with 2 ratings