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Apathy's Reward | Martha's Exchange

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Brewed by:
Martha's Exchange
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by sethmeister on 09-22-2008

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 5
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3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear glass growler filled a few hours ago and carefully protected from sunlight.

Poured into my Chimay chalice this ale is a very dark oaky reddish brown and is quite cloudy with particulates. There's a thin and almost immediately vanishing fluffy ecru head.

Scent is apples, sticky belgian sugar sweetness

Taste is apples, raisins, dark fruit, brown sugar, grapes and vinous notes. Somewhat tannic finish. Also a bit cider-like. Unfortunately it is lacking the sour belgian yeast notes which would improve it greatly.

ABV, if really 8% as noted at the bar, is remarkably well hidden.

Mouthfeel, although it could be thicker, is nicely mouthcoating. Beer is unfortunately nearly flat (note that this review is from a growler; perhaps there was some residue in the bottle?)

Not bad but would like to see some yeast sourness and perhaps either a weightier feel or more carbonation.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a dark, purple-tinted brown color with red hues, a thin, off-white head vanishes pretty quick, no sticking around for this one. a classic Belgian Strong Dark ale's head would show much better retention and last much longer to add a nice roundness overall. This Belgian-style ale does not show enough activity.

The aroma is really nice! Sweet, belgian candy with sweet red grapes and a very subtle spice. Very aromatic indeed.

The flavor is of VERY sweet malt with a deep, red fruitiness from grapes to dates. The sweetness factor is much too high for this style, it's not the fruitiness that overwhelms here, it's the overlly sweet malt. There is not enough robust yeast flavor to balance this out. The hops are also very subtle and do not give enough earthy bite to achieve decent balance. I enjoy the flavor and it's rather easy to drink for an 8% abv, but it shows little heat and adds no complexity. That's a bit strange.

The feel is simply not lively and active enough to pull off this style correctly, it's bit too relaxed, and is also missing that smooth, clean, foamy ending from the well-retained head that most nice examples of this style delivers.

This is not a bad beer, but since there are soo many FANTASTIC examples of this style out there I had to be a bit tough on this one.

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Photo of DrewKid4
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: on tap from the New England Brewfest.

A: Dark red in color with a thin bubbly head.

S: Smell of the fruits and sweetness of a Belgian ale. The complexities of a typical Belgian were here.

T: It had a very hoppy taste like a Belgian IPA which is quite different than expected.

M: The sweetness sensed in the Belgian Tripel-like smell seemed nonexistent which was a bit disappointed but as a fan of Belgian IPAs I enjoyed it.

D: A bit complex and thick with the sweet stuff to reccomend to any "novice" drinker but definitely interesting to try for the curious.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the source
Pours a dark reddish brown color with a decent tan head that shows minimal retention and lace. Smells of sweet malts, candy sugar, earthy hops, hints of dark fruit and lemon with a fair amount of spicy Belgian yeast esters. Taste is malt and sugary sweet with enough hops to call but never to raise. Sweet brown sugar with hints of dark sticky sugary fruit countered by a moderate level of earthy hop flavor. Yeasty phenolic and a hint of lemon remind us we are Belgian inspired. I couldn't find any rose hops in this, but I'm not sure if I would know what they were when I found them anyhow. Medium body and carbonation level with a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Decent brew, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Apathy's Reward from Martha's Exchange
3.5 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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