Belgian Ale | Queen City Brewing Limited

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Brewed by:
Queen City Brewing Limited
Virginia, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mmmbeer on 04-13-2006

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by zaphodchak:
Photo of zaphodchak
3.42/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber body, translucent, with very little offwhite head.

Nose smells a bit like licorice. Unexpected.

Taste has a surprising element of anise (given that it's not in the description) and too much coriander. This is not what I was expecting. Fortunately I happen to like anise, but I may not end up finishing this one. Ironically the yeast profile on their Bavarian Bock struck me as more Belgian than this guy, but that could just be me. The beer is decent, but is neither as sweet as the bottle suggests, nor does it "contain balanced hop flavors" (which would be a bit counter to the style anyway). The surprise licorice will make it unpalatable to some.

Feel is decent, but a bit carby. Is that a word?

Were I to have tasted this blind, I would've pegged it as some kind of winter seasonal beer-- somewhere between gingerbread and licorice. Spicy. It gets docked a bit for being not what it said it would be, but not too much, because it's not actually bad.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Boone757
3.34/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mmmbeer
2.71/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. with no freshness date, served in a chalice. It pours a hazed, rich honey color with medium carbonation and a thin white head that leaves slight lacing. It smells of malts and hops (bubblegum?, grassy?) and it's pleasant enough but too mild. The flavor is about the same with some fruits or spice, a mild bitterness and a sweetness that is pronounced, but not as strong as I was expecting. It has a medium body that is a bit dry and leaves a short finish. It's drinkable enough, but nothing to rave about.

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Photo of hman43
2.45/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: It pours cloudy dark golden, with a frothy off white head.

Smell: It has fruity esters in the nose with some barnyard aromas.

Taste: It has flavors of grass, some fruity esters, and a few barnyard flavors.

Feel: It has a semi dry finish.

Overall: It is a Belgian Ale has a light taste and aroma.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian Ale from Queen City Brewing Limited
Beer rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 5 ratings