Old Soul
Crazy Mountain Brewery

Old SoulOld Soul
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Crazy Mountain Brewery
Colorado, United States
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
3.49 | pDev: 10.89%
Apr 13, 2020
Jul 15, 2011
Old SoulOld Soul
Notes: None
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Rated: 3.5 by Danzifer from Ohio

Apr 13, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Feb 05, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by mountaincoffee from Kansas

Nov 12, 2018
Photo of JuicesFlowing
Reviewed by JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into a cervoise glass.

Look: Clear golden body under an off-white head that recedes to a film and collar, with fairly decent random squiggles of lacing.

Aroma: Soft bubblegum notes, light juniper berries, as well as clove, banana, white pepper.

Taste: Opens up with very soft bubblegum then transitions into dry hay, light citric tanginess, and a bit more of a spicy hop, peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry.

Overall: Taste and aroma are mostly the same, it’s pretty spicy overall, but in a white pepper kind of way.
Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 2.94 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Nov 25, 2017
Photo of ICTguy21
Reviewed by ICTguy21 from Kansas

3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Look: gorgeous brew, nice golden color with a billowing off white head and tons of lacing

Smell: malts and spicy yeasts predominate, some faint floral notes, not bad

Taste: Belgian yeast breadiness with some candy sugar, wheat and floral spice

Feel: creamy, a bit thin, could perhaps use a touch more carbonation

Overall: it's growing on me as I drink it but I'm still not digging this beer, especially after getting my hopes up since it looks so great, hard to pinpoint what I'm not liking but it's just not working for me, seems unbalanced. Not a terrible beer but I won't revisit.
Oct 07, 2017
Photo of biboergosum
Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz single bottle - no description for 'Luther' on the label, but he appears to be a combination of man, badger, and hawk.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some streaky and chunky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs out of sight.

It smells of bready and doughy pale malt, Belgian yeast, a lesser cereal wheatiness, free-agent candi sugar, ethereal ground black pepper, and some mild earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, wet wheat crackers, a soft earthy berry fruit note, sort of acrid and estery yeast, muted rainbow peppercorn spice, and more tame leafy, weedy, and slightly perfumed floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, but for a bit of yeasty intransigence hanging about, looking to make a fuss. It finishes trending dry, the malt bottoming out, while the yeast and spice hold 'er straight between the ditches.

Overall, this is a fairly representative version of the purported style, with the yeast, spice, and alcohol all meted out in the appropriate manner. What isn't so judicious is the supposed juniper berry component, which merely comes across as a meek, generic fruitiness. Not great, but worthy of a go if you're into this type of thing.
Sep 10, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by JustinPStewart from Texas

Jul 23, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by evanwoertz from California

Jul 09, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by bundy462 from Texas

Jul 02, 2017
Photo of allforbetterbeer
Reviewed by allforbetterbeer from Colorado

3.09/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
No indication of date of brewing or freshness on the bottle. No way to know if this is 1 or 12 months old.

Nondescript aroma of light corn, ethanol, slight ripe fruit basket, and hint of grain.

The flavor is driven by a moderately bitter grainy quality paired with yeasty dough. There is more bitterness and less spice than I would expect from a beer "Belgian style ale" in the title. There is almost no hop flavor, so the bitterness is unexplained and feels out of place. I don't taste juniper (but I want to!).

Conclusion: A little odd and totally forgettable. I always want to praise beer from my home state, but this is more what I would expect from a newer homebrewer who has talent but not experience. It is just fine, but could be so much better.

Here is my issue: My state (Colorado) and much of the US is absolutely jam-packed with incredible quality beers coming from countless craft brewers. There is no longer shelf/tap space for "pretty good" beer; the competition is simply too great. Considering there are hundreds of mind-bendingly amazing beers left to try just from breweries within 100 miles of my house, I will never seek this out again... I believe that the time has come to no longer accept anything less than amazing beer, as the industry can (finally) actually support that kind of standard!
Apr 03, 2017
Rated: 3.43 by SStein from Colorado

Dec 22, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Sep 06, 2016
Photo of jeranbrews
Reviewed by jeranbrews from Oklahoma

2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
A - murky pumpkin orange. Egg white fluffy head. Minimal lacing. 3.5

S - slightly aluminum. Cool. citrus. Spicy almost turmeric like notes like some kind of flower. 3.5

T - a bit overly lemony. Slightly peppery citrus aftertaste. 2.75

M - watery and thin. But slightly sleek. 2.75

D - not a bad beer but certainly not a good representation of the style. 2.75
Aug 19, 2016
Rated: 3.53 by Vonerichs from Colorado

Aug 13, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jul 31, 2016
Rated: 3.95 by deebo from Michigan

Jun 18, 2016
Photo of Bitterbill
Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a hazy straw gold with an inch of foam after settling down.

Smells fruity with notes of candi sugar, wheat, and pepper. It has some tartness.

Peppery, a candi sugar sweetness, fruity like the rind of oranges, a bit tart. Not bad.

Light bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable beer.
May 21, 2016
Photo of Devon-Ceylor88
Reviewed by Devon-Ceylor88 from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A rich golden color but slightly cloudy, aroma warns of sour overtones, the taste is initially bitter but turns more floral as it settles on the lounge, thin bubbly texture. A very solid Belgian style ale overall
Apr 09, 2016
Rated: 3.05 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Feb 09, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by BeerTest from Florida

Feb 07, 2016
Rated: 3.59 by StevenMilligan from Florida

Jan 13, 2016
Photo of FriarMickOnThePlateau
Rated by FriarMickOnThePlateau from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
New Belgian Wannabe, didn't have what it takes in complexity.
Dec 02, 2015
Rated: 3.73 by andrew8626 from Minnesota

Sep 24, 2015
Rated: 3.56 by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

Aug 16, 2015
Rated: 3.17 by swgwilt from Tennessee

Aug 06, 2015
Photo of SLeffler27
Reviewed by SLeffler27 from New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Fills a Dogfish Head snifter with SRM 8-9 clear amber with a sight, fine, white head that immediately dissipates, leaving rings and spots, while occasional carbonation rises from within.

This golden ale is dominated by fruit aromas with apple cider vinegar and faint herbal notes in the background. Warmth brings out touches of lime.

As expected, the flavors are fruity, however, it lacks complexity. Equal shares of sweet and bitter with faint juniper and pepper in the background. The finish is long and dry.

A medium body with alcohol as expected. Light carbonation is set against a satin texture.

While I had hoped for more of a brooding complexity, this is still a fine beer.
Jul 19, 2015
Rated: 3 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Jun 22, 2015
Photo of beergoot
Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Partly cloudy, light gold color; fizzy, rapidly disappearing head. Musty, fruity aroma; tangerine. Tastes like an old orange; grapefruit. Medium-heavy body; rough carbonation; sticky yet dry finish.

A rather drab and forgettable beer offering. Eye-appeal is so-so, and the flavor and feel are uninspiring and mundane. Fine enough to sample, bad enough to not warrant a return visit...
Apr 26, 2015
Rated: 3.49 by benloho from Utah

Apr 25, 2015
Photo of dcscientist
Reviewed by dcscientist from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Strong ale sounds about right, though I enjoyed this more than I thought I would from the description. I'm getting more into Belgians, and although this is a slightly different style than most of what I've found that I liked, it was still worth getting.
Apr 07, 2015
Photo of pat61
Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From tasting notes. Appearance: Pours hazy gold under a 3” fluffy persistent porcelain white foam cap that persists and produces rich lace. Smell: Some of the added juniper berries shows up in the aroma with malt, citrus and melon. Taste: Melon, a hint of peach, caramel, and big spice. Mouthfeel: Creamy and effervescent, with a medium body. Overall: Refreshing and the Belgian yeast esters work better than I thought with the added juniper berries and the melony hops.
Mar 31, 2015
Rated: 3.43 by RDW from Nebraska

Feb 13, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by jbeervt from Vermont

Jan 28, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by kraticus41 from Minnesota

Jan 27, 2015
Rated: 3.02 by DenverHopHead from Colorado

Jan 01, 2015
Photo of zeff80
Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled of toasted bread, caramel, hay and yeastiness. Sweet caramel and toffee taste with some fruitiness and a spicy bite.
Dec 23, 2014
Rated: 3.3 by Keepnitrl from Washington

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by DarthGuitarHero from Minnesota

Nov 07, 2014
Rated: 2.25 by drone from Oregon

Oct 06, 2014
Old Soul from Crazy Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 80 ratings