New Peculier Ale | Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2006

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of scaliasux
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AgentZero
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A brownish red beer with a one finger head that dissipated to a to a thin ring along the edges.

S - Kind of a strange beer, and don't see it much as a brown, smells more like an ESB. Little nutty with some english style hops and brown sugar malts.

T - Tastes a bit like a robust ESB. Browns are a style I'm not usually into but then find myself liking if they're good. This isn't bad, with some caramel malts and a bit of roasty tasting, the english hops make it taste like a robust ESB.

M - A little bit flat, but all of the beers here seem to be. Medium bodied.

D - This is an okay beer, little bit different, nothing great, nothing bad.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the brew pub into a 4oz taster...Pours a medium to dark brown, pretty light on the edges. Not much head or lacing...A light aroma of roasted coffee and a touch of nut, but just not enough going on, needs to be stronger...The taste is a 180, sweet and boring, the roast is gone, just not enough going on a little boring but easy to drink.

Sadly, one of the better beers here but nothing outstanding. Worth a shot if your there.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pecan brown with bright orange accents... that became a beautiful shade of red-orange-bronze when the glass was held up to the brewpub's sunlit front window. The small beige cap looked fine to start, faded fairly quickly and left a little feathery lace.

The nose was different and somewhat hard to describe, partly because the beer wasn't as aromatic as it could have been. NP smelled dark (but not roasted) and fruity. It was also a little woody, although I probably imaged it. Warming didn't help because it was already at room temperature.

According to my server, this brew is The Dane's version of Old Peculier and is supposed to be an English brown ale. I happen to love Theakston Old Peculier and the New is nowhere near the Old when it comes to flavor, complexity and drinkability. Still, it isn't bad beer.

New Peculier tasted like a low-ABV old ale, something that isn't very common in this country. Other comparisons would be a Belgian dark ale without the estery yeast and a fruity brown ale with no hint of roasted or chocolate malt. The fruitiness was akin to mushy apples and raisins (mostly golden, some dark).

The finish was nicely, although not quite tightly, focused by what tasted like a reasonably generous amount of English hops. Bitter bested tart, with sweet coming in a distant third. Part of the beer's lack of complexity can be attributed to its mouthfeel.

Since beer from a beer engine is supposed to be room temperature and almost flat, I felt like an above average score was warranted. That said, I prefer most beer to be at least slightly chilled, with at least a little life in it. Drinkability (ease of) was definitely on the high side.

I find it peculiar that neither Old Peculier nor New Peculier spell peculiar correctly. Maybe that's part of what makes them peculiar. This beer's biggest problem is that it's too simple and does nothing to stand out from the crowd. Oh well. I guess it isn't easy to teach Old Peculier new tricks.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at the brewpub. I wasn't quite sure what to think of this beer; I'm surprised to read it is in the Old Ale style; to me it seemed reminiscent of a Scotch Ale or a Wee Heavy. Taste is lightly peaty with a bit of sweetness.

Appearance is a dark brown, nearly opaque, with a small amount of head. Aroma was lightly malty. Taste was as I described above. I found this beer somewhat interesting as I couldn't classify it, but I can't say that I would strongly recommend it.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the downtown Dane.

Pours a hazy dark-brown with a skim of khaki bubbles in a small 10-12oz tumbler. Nose israther subdued, toasty malts and a faint floral hop. Taste is similar to their Dark Mild with a big biscuity malt backbone sharing the stage with metallic-muted prune, nutty caramel and herbal hops. Mouthfeel is a little astingent and thin, very...British. I've never had the Old Peculier, so I have no comparison there, but this is very similar overall to their Dark Mild. Not really my style.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually an Old Ale (Currently listed as an American Brown)

A: Aviator jacket brown with a massive white head. Lasting at ½ inch in perpetuity.

N: Biscuits and English hops. On the light side.

T: Caramel and toffee. Nutty. Mild roasted coffee. Bready/bicuity yeasts. Molasses. Hints of plums.

MF: Smooth and creamy. A winner.

D: Quite high.

Not as good as its (and mine) name sake but damn close.

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New Peculier Ale from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 8 ratings