Collaborative Evil 2009 | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black wax.

Added by orbitalr0x on 10-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by redjameskidd:
Photo of redjameskidd
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally starting to come around to select Belgian beer. Perhaps the key is first appreciating American 'belgian' beers before hopping the pond, as it were.

Surprisingly mild for a 10% abv beer. Had as a few tastes out of a bomber at a tasting with the brewmaster at a local liquor store. He said it was flavored with hibiscus leaves, interestingly enough.

Not much of the belgian funkyness in the nose. In general, surprisingly mild in both flavor and smell. I am not qualified to review belgian beer, really, but it seems to me like a good place for a neophyte to get aboard. I could probably have polished off that bomber, but it would have likely knocked me back a bit.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this at a recent tasting (possibly Exiled?)

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the bread and sugar, with some yeast and grainy notes mixed in.

The flavor is heavy on the orange citrus notes with some yeast, sugar, assorted spices and toffee malt mixed in. Very interesting.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml waxed bomber poured into a chalice.

Pours a nce ruddy ruby red ith a small white head. Nose is really belgan, fruity an taschty.

Taste is a bit odd, it's very malty with lots of caramel and sweet, really sweet and smooth. Yeast is very low for a belgian style, it's not very fruity which I think would help but overall fairly mediocre.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review number 500 and couldn't really think of a better beer to try than a highly sought after beer from a highly sought after brewery.

Served in a goblet.

A: Comes out clean and clear out of the tap, topped with a meringue-like bleached white head, very soft looking but drawn tight over the body of the beer, leaves behind some wonderful Belgian lacing though the entire drinking session. The beer itself is a light rose tinted orange and looks incredibly beguiling sitting in front of me at the edge of the bar.

S: This is the only week spot for me, but perhaps I had to fight off too many other aromas, like the food from the bar and other things that could have possibly distracted my nose. Knowing this the aroma seems a bit muted, honey, hibiscus flower, orange blossoms with a delicate and sugary maltiness, I am straining in these comparisons as all these aromas are quite faint and after the initial sip the aromas seem to dissipate completely from the beer, but what you get initially shows quite a bit of promise.

T/MF: Feels wonderful crossing the tongue, smooth, slightly bubbly that wraps around your tongue, floats just above the taste buds and leaves just the slightest bit of sticky sweetness on the back of the tongue that practically dares you to try not gulping this beer down in one sip. Taste is just as good. It's listed at 10.5% but you could have fooled me. This beer is so incredibly easy to drink, light on the stomach and head but not on feel or taste, a kind of balance that I could only dream of recreating myself. I'm getting bits of honey, orange blossom, and mix between herbal and floral fruitiness.

D: Could drink this all day long if it were not for the ABV because even though I can't taste it, I'm positive that it would catch up with me eventually. I am really hoping I can snag a few bottles of this when it is released in bottles. A beer to seek out and a wonderful beer milestone at that.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Flossmoor.

A- Came to me a very clear soft amber color with orange highlights in there. Nice 1 1/4 finger cloudy white head dies down slowly for me leaving nice strings of lacing on the sides of the glass the entire time. Good looking beer.

S- This is where I had a little trouble with the beer. Maybe if I was home I would be able to pick up a little more aroma but it seemed too faint for me and I didn't enjoy that. I think I spent 5 minutes sitting there with my nose almost all the way in the glass and here is what I came up with: Sweet underlying malts, citrus (orange) peel, Belgian sugars, a very light floral scent, and spices. The alcohol was there in the nose but it didn't overpower anything and wasn't an annoyance at all.

T- This department picks up for where the smell was off. A very tastey beverage to say the least. I picked up the sweet malts in this right away with some Belgian sugar thrown in there for good measure. Clove and other floral flavors kind of sneek up a little on the sweetness and also a little orange citrus flavor in this with some cherry tartness. This has a sweeter ending to it that I personally enjoy. For this being a heavy hitter in the ABV it really isn't too noticable.

M- Medium mouthfeel to this one. Carbonation is a little weak for me but the beer makes due with what it has. Beer seems to glide across the palate with almost no effort pushing across a sweet taste all over the palate when gone. Inviting aftertaste makes you want another sip of this beer quickly.

D- This is a very drinkable beer. I would like to see what happens when this has a little more age on it. It is wonderful brew to enjoy now and a good one to have a couple of bottles set back. I would suggest anyone to grab a couple before they are gone!

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Photo of dtx00
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sugar with light spices is not the most enticing. Taste is also dominated by overly sweet notes with too much residual sugar with light spices also noticeable. Body is somewhat full with oily consistency and medium carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. I thought this beer was too sweet with too much residual sugar.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

nice murky color and a light head that is almost non existent, but still manages to produce a light bit of lacing. but the aroma starts to come up with nice touches of banana, apple, pears, light fruits mixed with hearty spices. nicely done. but as soon as you take that first sip it is over. just a wonderful mix of flavors that simply devour the palate. apples, currants, peaches, banana, clove, its all over the map but blended soo well. really just a wonderful beer. smooth finish with a light dryness.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2009 vintage... stored upright in mini fridge since purchase...

First off, I have to admit I really enjoy the brews from Flossmoor Station... This one I purchased on a night I ate at Flossmoor Station, the beer-b-que ribs are to die for... Awesome. I likely had the house IPA with the ribs and took this one to go.

Appearance.. An earthy golden hue. ..a thin white head initially.. then as the bottle empties, I swirl around the sediment at the bottom and pour in the snifter.. and then I get a nice white head..

Smell.. As the beer warms, the aromatics get better and better. Smells a bit like an English IPA, only better.

Taste.. Wow Even at 3+ years, this beer is exquisite This is what a Belgian strong ale should taste like fresh. The alcohol is mildly masked. Earthy, yeasty, wonderfully brewed.

Mouthfeel.. What can I say. Flossmoor Station brews some excellent brews. This one ranks right up there with my all time favorite, Pullman Brown.

Overall.. Paired with a marie callender chicken pot pie fresh from the oven. This was a great pairing.

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Photo of ackeeper
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of mdwalsh
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange-red, sort of opaque, less than one finger head but good active carbonation. The haze is really too much though.

S: FULL of spice, citrus, sweet marmalade, maybe some other spices. Hops and malt aren't really part of it here.

T: More citrus, creamy orange tastes. Like I said, marmalade, mostly orange, but there are other spices like coriander. Fruity. Lots of very small flavor elements presented together in a way that makes them huge.

M: Perhaps the orange is doing this for me but it really feels like a dreamscicle. Full bodied, but still well carbonated.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.57/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 22oz bottle to Portsmouth glass on 4/5/12
*From notes

-- Another off-the-wall pull from billab914 --

A: Clean golden. The dregs, when finally poured, clouds the beer like a Hefe. No real head here. Minor, thin white collar and no lacing follow a standard pour.

S: I seemed to be the only one at the table who thought this smelled like stale cat piss in a litter box. As it opens, I do get a touch of honey and wild flowers.

T: Ugh, liquid honey. Mead, anyone? Too much residual sugar. It's all too one note.

M: No complaints here. It's properly carbed for a three year old beer, and the weight and texture are all alright.

O: If given the chance to tick this, you may want to consider passing. It's like diabetes in a bottle. Too sweet and really fuckin' weird. In a bad way.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle not sure who sent me this but thanks!!

Poured at fridge temp into a tulip glass

A- Pours a nice golden copper with no head but a good amount of carbonation. Tiny bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass even being from 09.

S- Fruity begian yeast, bread, citrus or orange peel, spices, caramelized burnt sugars and strong hibiscus.

T- Creamy lighter malts with sweet caramel and burnt sugars create a nice base and mouthfeel followed by fruitiness from the yeast and fruits. All that is strongly complimented by a strong array of spices, citrus orange peel and tons of floral hibiscus.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice slight bitter finish.

This beer is holding up great and definitely one of the most unique Strong Belgian Pale's I've had. The hibiscus creates a very interesting flavor unlike any I've come across.


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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 release acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, spices, caramelized malts, apples, honey and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, fruit, caramel and some spice. Then some bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character follow. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance and there is little trace of the 10.00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, well-disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a nice bold and flavorful “Belgian Style Golden Ale” that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage courtesy of Alewatcher.

A - pours a nice amber color with a yellowish off-white head that dissipates to a thin covering in a few minutes. Nice lacing. Slight haze.

S - Strong aroma that is full of apple. Apple sauce and spiced apple cider. A little one-dimensional in this regard.

T - A little bit of apple, but not as much as the nose. I also get hints of plum, orange and spice, maybe cardamom? There is some phenolic character, but it's not overpowering. There is a good bit of heat and a bit of a numbing sensation. I don't know if this is the spice or the alcohol.

M - This is medium bodied with moderate carbonation level. It has a very slick feel up front with a dry finish .

O/D - This was my first time trying a Flossmore associated beer and also the oldest belgian-style strong ale I've had. I think it held up very well and was a pleasure to drink. I would not turn this down if I had another chance to try it.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to imperialking for hooking it up with a couple bottles of this.

A: The pour is a cloudy light golden color with plenty of orange highlights. The head is large, fluffy, and white, leaving great lacing.

S: The smell is floral, yeasty, and mildly spicy. There is quite a bit of citrus, hibiscus, pepper, doughy malt, honey and some alcohol.

T: The beer has a very interesting honey and orange flavor up front that I actually found enjoyable. The spice, malt, and yeast take center stage on the finish, as does a bit of alcohol.

M: The body is medium to full and the finish is actually fairly dry. I was not expecting that.

D: This is definitely a big beer, but it hides the alcohol fairly well. I found this beer to be quite intriguing and I am interested to see how this beer develops.

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Alex (MasterSki) for this gift, and for countless other acts of graciousness. He is one of the most awesome and generous people you could ever meet!

A - I cut the wax, pop the top, and then out pours a murky orange-amber brew replete with a soapy khaki froth; needless to say I am quite surprised by the appearance of this BSPA. It looks quite a bit like Barleywine or DIPA. As I drain the glass, random flecks of lace cling in scattershot fashion.

S - Big sweetness leaps out, first and foremost, followed by sweet cereal grains and tea-like herbal and floral nuances. It really is quite complex, exhibiting traits of BSPA, Tripel and Saison. Oak-y vanilla tones and vinous sherry-like nuances are increasingly available as it airs out. After about 15 minutes, subtle nuances of fresh-, overripe- and blossoming-orange segue into a more (too-?) prominent role in the nose.

T - The flavor is not exactly in line with the aromatic; it is strongly spicy and saucy, flavored with what seems to be white pepper, (the ghost of) sundried tomato, dry sack, and candi sugar. I am beginning to appreciate the orange blossom as it airs out, though I am not appreciating the accumulating sweetness. Overall, I could use more Pils-pale malt dryness, as this is beginning to cross into cloying territory.

M - Rich and silky, bordering on syrupy.

D - This beer reminds me of a De Dolle brew, but not in a particularly good way.

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Photo of Deuane
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden highlighted copper with bright orange highlights. Medium white head slowly reduces to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

S-Spicy and herbal with floral notes a bit yeasty with subtle honey sweetness and a touch of alcohol heat.

T-Spicy honey with a noticeable orange and lemon zest twang. Malty sweetness takes over in the finish and smooths things out. A building alcohol burn kicks in with a bit of warming.

M-Medium body, somewhat syrupy with lingering honey sweetness, spicy bitterness, alcohol heat and a drying finish.

D-A big, bold, burly beer that comes off a tad too sweet for me. Certainly a good beer but doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz black waxed bottle courtesy of sproser and the welcome to Liberty City LIF.

A- pours a hazy gold color with a finger of fluffy white head. lacing is quite heavy.

S- smells of belgian yeast mixed with some floral notes. some nice citrus and spices in the backround as well.

T- the spiciness comes out at first followed by some sweet, almost candy-like citrus flavors. the first things I picked up in the nose mix in the backround in the taste. a slight floral quality and the belgian yeast comes out in the finish. the great thing is the 10% is no where to be found, a very smooth drinking beer.

M/D- the mouthfeel seems spot on for a BSPA, an ample amount of carbonation and medium to light in body. possibly even a bit dry in the finish, which I usually associate with belgian pales. this beer is goes down very easy for a 10% beer. I took down the bomber with ease, minus a few sips donated to some curious people.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Matt. Consumed on 11/21/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is dark orange with a creamy white head, nice retention, scattered lacing, and good clarity.

The nose is spicy phenols, white pepper, hibiscus, strong orange blossom. Alcohol is evident. Sweet honey is noticeable. There's a slight Belgian yeast character and the malt is baked white bread with a dash of vanilla.

The flavor opens up sweet with a distinct spiciness, honey, hibiscus, and white pepper on the back of my tongue. Sweet orange blossom is present with lingering alcohol. Baked white bread malt. The finish is spicy white peppery hibiscus and lingering orange notes.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This was a delicious spicy strong golden.

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Photo of thebouch01
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Collaborative Evil 2009 from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 55 ratings