All Souls Ale 2012 (Dark Tripel) | Big Sky Brewing Company

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All Souls Ale 2012 (Dark Tripel)All Souls Ale 2012 (Dark Tripel)

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by harrymel on 05-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by beerdrifter:
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4.17/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A friend picked this up for me from the brewery! Bottle 181 of 1200. Beautiful clear amber-mahogany pour with a two finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. The nose is sweet and boozey with hints of caramel, bubblegum, hops, pear, and pineapple. The American hops open up nicely in the taste along with hints of maple, butterscotch, caramel, orange zest, vanilla, tobacco, tea, and a good amount of booze. The mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and oily with a sweet, boozey, warming finish. Overall, this is a very unique and interesting beer. I think they really nailed the
"Dark Tripel" interpretation and I don't understand the low reviews for this beer. Yeah, it's a bit on the boozey side, but it's complex and flavorful and very unique.

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2.25/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -41.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass at Binny's South Loop.

I stopped by for Ivan and found another goodie as well. Fine by me. This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a half-finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises Belgian candi sugar, wild rice, light banana, clove, light black pepper, and a kiss of sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a small contingent of figs, some light candied orange peel, and a bit of booze. Things are a touch muddled. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent little "dark" tripel, but one that's missing some important yeasty components, and one that just quite settle its flavor combination entirely.

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Photo of neckbeered
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of zeledonia
2.21/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle 264 of 1200. Tasted 25 June 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a syrupy medium-dark amber, pretty clear. Almost no head, no matter how hard I poured. Just a tiny little cap that was gone in a second. No lacing. Color is nice, but not much else is.

Smell is malty and fruity, and definitely the highlight. Doesn't have the Belgian-style yeast aromas I expect. Medium-dark fruits like figs.

Taste started out with a touch of fruit, before it fell into a dark alcohol bitterness. There might be some hops fueling the fire, but primarily I get the alcohol. My only explanation is that there are so few things adding flavor, that there's nothing to hide the alcohol burn. Weird, and decidedly unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is slick, flat, just barely drier than water. It does nothing to accentuate the flavors or relieve me of the unpleasant ones.

I really didn't like this beer. I found it flat and dull, and it mostly tasted like alcohol. There wasn't much in it that was reminiscent of a tripel. It's like drinking straight alcohol with some mild flavoring.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
1.3/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Blind pour courtesy of Kyle.

Pours a tepid apple juice

Smells like...really nothing much of anything other than some diesel fuels.

Tastes...well...horrendous... Cleaning solution, solvent, harsh harsh concentrated atrocities.

In Kyle's defense he mentioned ahead of time that this beer didn't review all that well and that I had, at one point, shown interest in trying this beer. My love for Montana and affinity towards Big Sky for de-virginizing me with vigor in my college days only carries itself so far though. This beer not only crosses that line, it shat on it. Nothing redeeming here.

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Photo of harrymel
2.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Foremost, good on Big Sky for doing a beer for charity - this is sincere and commendable.

Bottled 2012. Different recipe and beer than the original, so gave it a new listing. Bottle has a stained glass label similar to the first in style, but this time of an angel sipping a chalice of beer in an alley in....Bruxelle?

Hard poured a brown ale with a quilt of fleeting cream foam. Leaves only a rim of bubbles over brilliant clarified beer. I agitate a bit before diving nose deep. The aroma is of commercial belgian yeast, some candy sugar, caramel, vinyl and hints of herbal tea and hops. Flavor is nice and sweet with plenty of belgian yeast character (grainy and coriander-esque). Some hints of butter and bubble gum with a noticeable level of alcohol and banana esters. Medium on thin bodied with, oddly, a resonant finish of note - carries the alcohol and esterification with it. Overall a good try, but I would have been happier to see another shot at a Saison. This one is hot and probably should have seen a better subscription to one of the characteristics of a tripel.

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3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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3/5  rDev +1%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Jwale73
3.86/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in my DT tulip. Pours a bright, orange-gold with a translucent clarity and a creamy, three inch, bright white head. Head gradually settles into a consistent, 1/8th inch skim; thick swaths of lacing form a half moon around the bowl of the glass. Nose expresses candi sugar, light pit fruit, Belgian yeast and a slight bready quality. Taste consistent with nose, but there's quite a bit of booze here. I also get candied tangerines and a slight herbal character as well that manifests towards the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to light) with a carbonation that falls just shy of lively, a slightly oily texture and some residual heat at the back. Overall, it's a still a bit hot, but a very respectable American Tripel, nonetheless. It would be interesting to see what another year or two in the bottle might do for this one.

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4.04/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 bottle. No bottle number.

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3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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1.25/5  rDev -57.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

All Souls Ale 2012 (Dark Tripel) from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.97 out of 5 with 22 ratings