Yagan Dark Ale | Cervecería Austral S.A.

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Cervecería Austral S.A.

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vacax on 05-27-2009

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 13
Photo of EMV
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass in Chile

L: Pours a deep brown, nearly black color with thin tannish head.

S: Roasted malts and mild hops. Faint chocolate notes.

T/F: Roasted malts forward. A bit more yeasty than expected. Not quite sweet, and pretty tame on the flavor. Not unpleasant. Moderate carbonation. Lacking in hops at the finish.

O: A very drinkable/serviceable dark beer... especially in a country where craft beer is in its infancy. I had several of these on a hiking trip to Patagonia and they got the job done. This can't compete with your favorite brew but it's not half bad either.

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Photo of Svart
2.96/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 4-pack of 33cl bottles of this beer in Jumbo, Santiago, Chile.

Appearance: Dark ruby red/brown colour with a nice thick foam head that disappear quickly though.

Smell: No strong flavour of anything actually, little bit malt but no smell of hops.

Taste: It feels like a full body dark beer but no sentential hint of flavours here either, a little bit taste of malt and blackcurrent.

Mouthfeel: It's somehow a bit sweet in the month and stick a little bit on the tongue.

Overall: I expected something more of this dark ale, the appearance was greater than the actual taste, I would expect a more powerful beer of a Belgian ale style, more chocolate taste and alcohol degrees. The difference between a dark lager and this dark ale is not much. in my opinion.

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Photo of mcbiydw2
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled in a bar in Southern Argentina

Not a remarkable beer in any way but does nothing wrong. For South American beer itt´s very passable. A little too fizzy for my liking with a strongly pronounced Sasparilla flavour.

A little lacking in body and depth with a dissapointly watery appearance.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from Amato's Liquor in Leichhardt. Imported by "Wines of Chile" to Australia. Huh...

Pours a deep reddish brown, and forms a decent fine-bubbled head of tan foam when induced. Settles to a film, but the lacing and retention is reasonable. The colour is particularly nice.

Some weak dark notes, a little sour on the nose, with some vague resin or dark fruit notes that I'm not sure are intentional. Not bad, but a little weak.

Depressingly sweet on the palate, with a real corn or rice character dominant. Light roasted notes on the back, but by then it's too little too late. Almost no bitterness apart from those dark characters on the finish. Mouthfeel is actually surprisingly slick.

Not bad overall, really. It's not terribly interesting, but it's not offensive either. I can see why the previous reviewer classified this as a Belgian Dark Ale - it does have some of those sweet Belgian yeast characters. Personally, I'd have just called it an English Dark or Porter and noted it's a poor example of the style.

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Photo of vacax
3.22/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from sampler pack, third of four bottles given to me as a gift after my folks visited Chile. Apparent bottling date says ELAB 190608. Bottle states in English "Dark Ale" though I am making my best guess as to the style--it has a distinct yeastiness that says Belgian Dark Ale to me. Label talks about the spirit of the Patagonian people and the "Pioneer Flavor" but not about the beer specifically.

A: Pours a very dark brown with some reddish coloration. Tan head looks quite lovely at first but retention is low and lacing nonevident.

S: Candi sugar, dark fruit (raisin), chestnut, and a spicy/fruity yeast quality. This smells pretty good, a lot more complex than the other beers I've tried from Cerveza Austral. The smell is what seems to me like a Belgian Dark Ale.

T: Nice, but not as good as the nose. Relatively inauspicious and nutty maltiness with a spicy fruity yeast quality. Some bite to the dark fruitiness. Possibly a bit of a metallic off-flavor. Surprising.

M: Light to medium body, seems a touch thin and bubbly. This is where the intially beautiful head came from (which did not last). These Cerveza Austral beers all seem like they could use a bit more body.

D: The most interesting of the Cerveza Austral beers I have sampled thus far. A decent dark ale, definitely not what I was expecting after the lackluster pale ale and lager. Not something I would want more than one of, but an interesting change of pace.

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Yagan Dark Ale from Cervecería Austral S.A.
3.19 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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