Bison Organic Belgian Ale | Bison Brewing

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Bison Organic Belgian AleBison Organic Belgian Ale

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Bison Brewing
California, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 12-01-2003

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Photo of aracauna
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, true gold body with a fluffy, slightly sticky, white head that builds nicely and easily, but fades a little too quickly. The aroma is lightly spicy and has a touch of sweet straw malt. The flavor is lightly sweet, straw and cake malt, coriander and a bit of yeasty spiciness. The Belgian yeast character could have been a bit more promounced, although the alcohol is surprisingly well covered up. The flavor is also a little too quick to fade. Immensely drinkable though.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its emancipation from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a shining clear gold color with the head portly in size and a creamy white with the residual lace a thin velum like sheet. Nose is slightly musty sweet malt, crisp and clean with the start modestly sweet and the grain profile adequate, top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is biting in its acidity and the hops pleasantly spicy; aftertaste is desert bone dry with a slight hint of alcohol bitterness, a drinkable beer.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a flattish clear golden brew, looks like a Belgian trippel.

Smell is sweet with a scent of coriander and flowers. The bottle says there is a plum scent, I didn't smell that, just coriander and flowers.

Taste is sweet but not overly so. Mild coriander flavor and the flowers, tastes more like a Saison than a Belgian really. Fruit is there and is milder than most trippels.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty Belgian style brew, this is a good one for those that find most Belgians too sweet.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.89/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body is “flat soda” orange and light. That’s OK, but what’s not OK is the complete lack of carbonation. This is supported by other BA reviews, so I don’t think I got a bad bottle.

Smell – Very sticky sweet, spicy malts lead the way here with a nice hop balance. It’s the fruits though that run this show. The orange and peach in particular stand out. Otherwise, it’s a bit yeasty at times with some big coriander and white pepper.

Taste – The bitter orange almost reminds me of a pale ale. This is very well-balanced. I enjoy also the spicy malts and complex fruiting along with that sharp candy-type of sweetness. There are some nice watermelon flavors in there too, which you don’t find very often.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and very exciting in the mouth, due mostly to the spices. I didn’t care for the lack of carbonation, though. On the other hand, I liked that little alcohol sting. It was just right in my book.

Drinkability – I’m not going to can this review just because it’s uncarbonated, mainly because all the other components of a good Abbey Tripel were present. It was a distraction, though, I must admit.

Comments: This Abbey Tripel had almost no nose until it warmed. Take your time rating this one.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22oz Bomber, picked up for $3.49. Most noticeable is the purple & charcoal paper strip that covers the crown cap and which is adhered to the front of the tall neck by a green and white roundel sticker that has the words ‘USDA Organic’ on it. The main label lists the beer as ‘Bison Organic Belgian Ale’, stated as 8.1% by Vol. No freshness date.

The blurb states “Our organic “Tripple-Style ale contains hints of fruit. Most notably plum, and was made with authentic Belgian Candi crystals, organic malts, water and yeast. The brew is balanced with a robust maltiness, a touch of coriander, and the subtle spiciness of organic Cascade Hops”

Appearance: It pours with a nice looking deep golden with amber-yellow hints when backlit. A small white head formed as the beer settled but disappeared as quickly as it formed. Once stabilized in the Goblet it has a very thin halo head that is completely devoid of any presence over the surface area of the beer. Medium-low carbonation and some active streamers give the beer some life and are the only things that prevent a dour ‘flat’ appearance.

Nose: Spicy fruity malts with some light hops. It has a nice nose similar to that of many other good Tripels, but just a little more reticent to let you know this, the odors are feint at times.

Taste: A spicy malt starts the beer, hops and coriander twang. It is pleasant and immediately relaxes the drinker, but it has a little raw quality to it which never really goes away. The alcohol is partially hidden, and only really comes through in the ending when it adds mild warmth to the swallow. A nice enough Tripel, but a little raw at times, and often restrained.

Mouthfeel: Above average mouthfeel that is aided by a large sweet malt character but sometimes detracted by the rather low carbonation lending a ‘heavy and lifeless’ feel to the beer at times.

Drinkability: The lack of any real carbonation can make this beer a little heavy going. In conjunction with the sticky sweetness and raw character that this beer has, makes one Bomber enough, I noticed that it took me a while to finish this one; I slowed as I worked my way down the bottle.

Overall: A little unrefined for a Tripel, and at times the sweetness has a sticky aspect to it. Not bad, but not one that I would invest in again, I would much prefer to pay the extra and have a Westmalle any day of the week.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It poured a light golden yellow with not much foam and no lace at all. The smell was of a spicy and hoppy nature. The taste was of spicies and hop's like the aroma. The only set back was that had a little to much sweetness. Not really that bad, just not used to a Belgian Ale with so much sweetness.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange gold color. Small white, quickly dissipating foamy head. Aroma is fruity and spicy. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Oranges, apricots and peaches are the predominate fruit flavors. Slightly spicy, with a touch of coriander and slight hint of candi sugar. Very smooth taste. No hint of the 8.1 % alcohol. I’m not sure if I would call this a ‘tripple”, it a toned down Belgian style ale. It has a lot of the Belgian character to it, but they are way to mild. It needs to be kicked up a notch! Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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