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Belgian Brown Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Belgian Brown AleBelgian Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 01-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of mothman
1.63/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

3 ticks only? Super tick!!!

Poured into kbs chalice.

Pours a light layer of beige head. Leaves very little amount of lace. Color is a clear light copper amber.

Aroma: Belgian candi sugar, caramel, some dry spices, Belgian yeast flavors, and a bit of dry fruit.

Taste: A ton of spices. It also has a herbal/grassy flavor. Some caramel with a lot of malt flavor. It has a burnt buttery popcorn.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some booze.

Overall, the flavor was so off-putting that it was hard to finish my review. This beer was not tasty at all. Drain pour for sure. Keep this in Montana please!

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Photo of kbutler1
1.64/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark copper reddish color with an off white head that quickly settles to collar around the glass. Caramel, slight banana, cinnamon, and clove. The aroma has something in that is offputting to me, can’t put my finger on it, maybe burnt popcorn. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet start and a mix of flavor including; caramel, buttery, and some banana. Not the biggest fan of this one. Little alcohol notes. Some lace. The look and the mouthfeel are the only good qualities, all else fails for me. After several sips, I dumped this one out.

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Photo of timmick
3.91/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: One finger of light tan head on the pour that reduced down to a nice, light film with a little lacing. This beer was beautiful in the glass... clear, reddish brown with a few strands of carbonation bubbles running up the side. Light really intensified the beautiful reds in this pour. Made me want to drink this.

S: Fruity malts hit me first with a hint of alcohol. Pleasant aroma that is sweet, toasty, and nutty.

T: Nice dark fruit flavors, toned down with a nutty, whole grain toast backbone. Alcohol is noticeable on the tongue after the swallow, but does not distract from the taste.

M: Medium feel with the right amount of carbonation. Finishes clean and crisp

D: Nice. I enjoyed this brew. I tasted a little more alcohol than the 7.8% listed, but very nice. I would love to have one of these sitting next to a campfire under the Big Sky of Montana.

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Photo of Phelps
3.82/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the tap and poured into a tasting snifter at Tops.

Pours a clear dark ruby, topped with a fuzzy head of medium tan that recedes quickly to very thin ring. No lace.

Nose displays a lovely nuttiness, like roasted peanuts, along with toasted wheat, maybe a hint of Belgian fruits. Very nice for a brown.

More fruits emerge in the flavor. Brown sugar and dark plums are offset by substantial nuttiness, like roast peanuts. Crisp finish. Interesting combination of flavors.

Smooth medium light body, with a prickly carbonation that makes the beer lightly fizzy. Slightly tongue numbing alcohol content, nice heft.

An interesting experiment, this Belgian brown ale. I appreciate the attempt, but I can't see myself buying a bottle.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buckeyeboy brought this over on New Years Eve.... Thanks Jeremy.

This is the next brew in the "Limited Montana Release" series.

Nice tan head with good lacing... the brew is perfectly clear polished chestnut brown... very pretty.

Nose shows deep toast and some pretty heavy nuttiness.. Very malty... some minor "Belgian" yeast influence, but again you have to try and find it.

Flavor mirrors the nose but is even more rich and malty... the Belgian qualities emerge with warmth as a bit of minor clove... and a little dark cherry.

Body and carbonation seem about right...

Overall, this seems much more like a big brown ale than something Belgian... but I dig it and think it is pretty okay.

I was hesitant to put this in the BSDA category... but the ABV is right... Maybe should have gone in Belgian Dark... Oh Well.

Thanks again Jeremy... The other bottle, I will save for Doug.


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Belgian Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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