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Belgian-Style Amber | Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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Belgian-Style AmberBelgian-Style Amber

Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
20 IBU

Added by Beertracker on 08-26-2008

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 19
Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beertracker for this one!

A-Bright orange copper with a thin white head that receded into a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Light spiciness with underlying caramel malt sweetness and a touch of sour cherry.

T-Tart initial zip with notes of Granny Smith Apple and Montmorency Cherry. Nice backing of spicy yeast notes, and sweet biscuit malt.

M-Medium bodied fairly sharp with nice lingering tartness and spiciness.

D-Totally solid and well made. A nice Brett like tartness with the spicy aspects tat I like and often more often in a saison. Not sure if the pale ale moniker fits this one but regardless I liked it!

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Photo of skeetermoses
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Okay this was way too sweet and way too orangey for the beer. I usually like Choc beers but this one was by far the most overpriced beer I have ever had from them. Not impressed by the least. Slow down on the spices and fruit, stick with what you know. Come on. I really want to try the other specialty beers they offer but I am affraid after this one.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into half pint via Deuane.

A - Clear amber/orange body with sparse carbonation and short white head that receded into a thin ring of retention and deposited a sparse amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Light hoppy aroma with caramel malt and a fruity character featuring sour cherries. There is also an underlying spicy, yeasty character with a mild hint of Brett.

T - Tart, fruity notes suggesting sour green apple, some Brett and spicy yeast. Malt character is light, sweet and caramely.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Mildly sour on the palate.

D - Nice take on a Belgian-style ale with a pleasant sour character that wasn't over the top like some other Belgians.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second Choc/Pete's beer - the first from the 'Brewmaster's Signature' series. 22 oz. bottle, poured to a tulip glass. Received this from coldmeat23 (thanks, Chris!). Served a little warm, out of the fridge for about 30 minutes.

An 'experimental' melding of two distinct beers: a domestically-malted blonde with Cascade hops and Belgian caramel malts; an amber with 3 varieties of imported malts and Perle hops. Kinda tough to categorize something like that; unsure if 'Belgian Pale Ale' best captures it, but it'll do...

A: Warm, honey-like orange; depending on the light, it becomes a rose-tinted auburn or a murky chestnut. Complexion is mildly hazed, unfiltered fine suspension of bottle-conditioned silt. Good carbonation, tiny bubbles rising everywhere to a small creamy ivory head. No lace, only a thin ring clings after a couple minutes.

S: Sweet/tart twang of Belgian candi sugar and a slightly musty peach and apple skin. Husky grain with a faint spice. With warming comes a slightly rose-like perfume.

T: Has the mild tartness of raspberries and a little vinous grape, paired with a spicy/grassy hopping. Slight lemon zest, more tartness from musty peaches. Curiously odd blending of two beer styles - a little muddled but intriguing flavors rise and fall.

M: Mouthfeel is a little mundane - a short-lived spritz, then a thin yeasty coating. Light body, but the modest tartness and a zesty, 'quenching' quality helps this to avoid being 'boring'.

D: Overall, an enjoyable beer. Remarkably drinkable at just 5% ABV, and an interesting experiment I'd liken to several styles (from a Biere de Garde to Berlinerweisse!). Not for everyone I don't suppose, but has its merits. Worth a try.

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Photo of tronester
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy amber/brown with zero head. Smell is faint but malty. Taste is quite surprising, very tart, strong taste of apple cider with a biscuity malt background. Tastes a lot like a blended lambic, IMO. Bitterness levels are low. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation levels very low. A definitely interesting ale, but its drinkability is not as high as others. Still an interesting beer that I would try again in smaller quantities (22oz is too much for one setting IMO).

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Photo of stephens101
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Experimental beer? I like experimental music, so why not beer, and it's always nice to see new things being tried. Pours amber with cherry red hues and little if any head. The aromas are complex with dark fruits, caramel, sweet bread and yeasts all coming through. Tastes, well, different, with some fruitiness and maltiness and a bit of lemon to boot. It's fairly well carbonated and light to medium bodied. While I respect the experimentation process, and this is a very drinkable and fairly tasty brew, there's something slightly off about it. Maybe it's the fact that it has many of the qualities of a lambic, which probably my least favorite beer. That being said, I fully recommend you try it for yourself and make your own decisions.

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Photo of wolffman17
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Based on the description I have no idea where they're going with this one! It's a blend of this and that...a Belgian/American/German experiment of sorts.

Choc's "Belgian-style Amber" pours golden-amber. Not much head or lacing to speak of, but the overall appearance is very nice.

Malt-dominated sweet and sour aroma.

Tastes unexpectedly tart! Didn't see that coming. Caramel sweetness tries to come through, but the tang dominates the palate. Honestly, it tastes like a Sour Brune more than anything. Dry and thirst-quenching.

No noticeable alcohol, and the shear uniqueness leads to a highly drinkable brew. Very intriguing.

Cheers to Choc and their ever-expanding lineup! Get a hold of this one if you can.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Commercial Description: A two-fold experiment...a blend of two seperate beers of different recipes. The first beer is a blonde, brewed with domestic 2-row and a small percentage of Belgian caramel malts and Cascade hops. The second beer is an amber of sorts, brewed almost entirely with malt impoted from Weyermann, Muessdoerffer, and Dingemans, hopped with German Perle. Both beers were fermented with our house wit beer yeast, and bottle conditioned. Pour carefully for clarity, and enjoy Brewmaster's Signature Series beer #3. Beers, Michael Lalli

Choc's Belgian-style Amber pours up with a low-moderate carbonation that creates a thin cream colored head that barely raises above the hazy, copper-tawny amber body. Head dissipates rather quickly, fair retention. The prominent grainy aroma has some bready, toasted caramel qualities with a moderate sweetness supplimented by a moderate-high fruitiness (lemonbalm, muscadine grapes, orange marmalade) and a low floral (geraniums) character with some herbal-hop spiciness (blackberry leaves, rose-oil) in the background. Very winey. No diacetyl. No perceivable alcohol. The flavor starts off with a low-profile maltiness that gathers momentum with a caramel sweetness and fresh toastiness (drop biscuits, sesame crackers, sourdough bread). These attributes are nicely balanced by just a touch of spicy (peppery) bitterness. Finishes semi-dry, with a vinegary tart, yeasty bite. This medium-light bodied, creamy amber is refreshing and has a lightly warming presence towards bottle's end. However, I find the acetic acidity a bit distracting and the lack of carbonation rather dissapointing for a Belgian-style beer. Overall, this artisanal Amber finds itself somewhere outside of Antwerp, but no one would ever guess it's from Krebs, Oklahoma. Hats off to Michael Lalli & crew for experimenting with the Brewmaster's Signature series. Now, "Hold my beer and watch this sh**!"

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Belgian-Style Amber from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
3.6 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.
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