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Bete Noel | Elysian Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by ccrida on 09-15-2009

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 6
Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at City Beer in SF.

Pours dark brown with a small off-white head.

Aroma is caramel, molasses, roast, spices, and smoke.

Flavor is very nice - caramel, chocolate, and roasty malt flavors, along with molasses, gingerbread, spices (especially cinnamon) and substantial smoke.

Medium-full bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel.

Decent drinkability. Overall this is a really good, one of the better ones from Elysian that I've had.

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Photo of beertunes
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a barely translucent deep mahogany, with about an inch of medium tan head that dissipated at a an ambling pace and left nice rings of lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of spicy and sweet. The flavors were what the aroma had promised with a caramel/biscuit malt being the most noticeable for me.

The body was very good, but lost a little for being a little too sticky on the finish. Drinkability was very good, you could have a couple before palate fatigue set in.

Overall, a very good beer worth some effort to try.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Malt & Vine in Redmond, poured int tulip.

Pours almost black, small head. Smells fruit and a little sweet.

Taste is very Belgian, a little spicy. Dark fruits, mostly.

Mouthfeel is thick and a little sticky. Drinkable if you can take the sweetness and the thickness.

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Photo of ccrida
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shaker at the Capitol Hill pub, dirty murky brown, small,creamy off-white head.
Smell is really muted, even as it warmed from fridge temp, a hint of lacto sweetness, and finally some grape soda.
Taste is sweet, sugars and fruity esters, somewhat, phenolic alcohol. Dark stone fruits, candied plums, a hint of spice. A bit heavy handed and brash at this point, showing nice potential, but should be rested for at least another six weeks to round out,like, uh, during the holidays! Now that it's cold, I'd lager it, but otherwise I'd have extended warm keg conditioning, as it's obviously not filtered. The finish is dry and rather bitter, with herbal nobles and fusels lingering assertively.
Mouthfeel is on the thicker side, particularly for the style. The viscosity is somewhat cut by the frothy, light carbonation.
Drinkability isn't too high at this point, as it's still rather rough. Even if you warmed up to the taste, you'd have to be pretty drunk to not notice the bite.

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Bete Noel from Elysian Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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