The Brewer's Art

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #22
Ranked #5,668
4.04 | pDev: 10.4%
The Brewer's Art
Maryland, United States
Notes: Our tribute to the "devil" beers of Belgium. This beer is light in color with a full flavor and dry finish. Be careful, as it may sneak up on you. After receiving a cease-and-desist letter on behalf of musician Ozzy Osbourne, the Baltimore brewery has renamed its Ozzy beer Beazly. It is named after Mark Barcus, a bartender of the Mount Vernon bar for nearly 17 years. His nickname around the bar is Beazly. Both rich and dry, this beer is all too easy to consume in large quantities. Hopped with Styrian Goldings.

Formerly Ozzy Ale
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Reviews by smcneave:
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smcneave from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 15, 2020
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Nice, a Devil Beer! No need to tempt us--we won't be looking for a job at Piggly Wiggly either.

Stunningly clear, pale golden color, massive crown of head, which is a trademark for most devil beers. Seriously, the head retention is out of this world. Lovely aroma of dusty yeast, oily hops; dry, doughy, biscuity malt, lilac and other wildflowers, ripe apricots and a faint peppercorn from the alcohol. Super smooth with a lush, crisp backend, medium bodied. A beautiful hop character is thrown at the palate, bitter and oily and melding well with the medicinal phenols that bring a little roughness to the table. Slight fruitiness of pear and apricot, more orchard roundness rather than just sweetness. Alcohol is mild yet still has a slight sting to let you know its strength. Finishes dry with a lingering doughy malt and a spicy hop, phenol and alcohol trio.

Uh, is there any way to sublet our souls to be able to drink this beer on a regular basis? Sure, it ranks very well within the "Devil Beer" realm, but it comes across more like a Belgian IPA / Devil Beer hybrid, which makes us salivate that much more. Dangerously drinkable. Another glass, please.

Sep 20, 2010
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SoLittleKarma from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Picture yourself in a dungeon, with a thin shaft of light streaming in, illuminating your golden goblet full of a golden hued elixir. You are wearing a sheepskin tunic and your feet are shod with leather thongs. Your parched lips meet the Golden liquid that at once ignites the fires of Bezelbub from the depths of your loins. But this beast of a bar beverage DOES put the beast in Beazley. Never queasy, always easy, this golden ale is a delight for the senses. Subtle yet bold, with a dry finish, this is a refreshing brew with a clean and sharp mouth feel appropriate for a hay ride or campfire with friends.

Nov 16, 2015
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Clear gold with a finger of fizzy white head that leaves patches swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is mix of sweetness, fruit and spice. This is quite zippy in the nose. The taste is similar. Bready sugars, fruit (getting a good bit of tart apple) and spicy throughout. The finish is especially dry and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp and lively feel to the carbonation that pops in the mouth. There is a little alcohol here. I’ve always thought that Ozzy was a decent beer but I’m happy to see that you can now enjoy it in a 12oz portion instead of having to commit to a 750ml bottle. This translated to the canned packaging well.

Jul 31, 2013
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Daniellobo from District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great US take on a Belgium Golden Ale, rich and tasty.

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked bottle. Light colored label with a prominent name of the brew in heavy metal Ozzy typography, faded background has the image of a estate of the fallen angel? Back label along the perfunctory legal notes adds briefly that "a portion of the proceeds will benefit bat preservation programs… Nice ironic touch for those picking up up the reference :) Notes best by date (11/18/12) Shows O.G. Plato (16.8), and Alc. by Vol. (7.3%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy pale gold pour, rich and towering frothy head, nice retention, good surface memory, and fair touches of lacing.

S - Lightly fruity, a sweet touch with a Belgian yeasty touch.

T - Sweet malty sense with a nice sense around the yeast, fruity with a faint hint of spices, caramel touch as it folds again with a floral touch.

M - Light/medium body with generous carbonation early on, smooth as it settles with a a nice dry touch in the finish.

O - Great flow, very pleasing. Tasty, leaning on its sweet side, but not dull, or with an acidic finish at any point. Very recommendable.

Notes: I was looking forward to try this one for a while but since it is not particularly a style I´m after I was setting it aside, and setting it aside… That was quite a mistake, this is very quaffable, rich and pleasing, and makes for a great quality social brew. Regional touch to it, and if for people getting the nod to Black Sabbath-Osborne it even adds an extra nice touch to it.

Jun 03, 2011
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hagbergl from Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance (4/5): 2.5 fingers of bubbly white head sit atop a clear golden body. It reduces quickly to a ring of foam. Lots of Belgian lacing on the sides of the glass and carbonation trailing visibly to the surface. Good head retention. An appealing looking beer when in proper glassware.

Smell (4/5): The smell has an herbal/medicinal quality that you get with Belgian witbiers and pale ales, but also a more pronounced banana quality (much like Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen) than what I’m used to with Belgians. On the spicy-fruity yeast spectrum, this leans heavily to the fruity side. Fairly mellow with a hint of clove and wheat. Not much hops to speak of.

Taste (4/5): Wheat-like notes. Notes of clove, banana, pear and golden apple in the foretaste, the beer goes medium dry with a touch of spicy, lightly bitter and grassy Noble-style hop flavor. More medicinal and earthy in the finish. A very slight warming in the back of the throat. The yeast and malts are doing some very nice things in this beer that lend complexity and nuance.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Slightly less than medium carbonation, nonetheless, which I find off the ideal level stylistically speaking. The drinkability is quite high, however, and I appreciate the lush creaminess of this beer’s feel. An extremely pleasant dryness to it, too.

Overall (4/5): Beazly/Ozzy is a very good, easy-drinking Belgian-style pale ale that works in quite a bit of complexity. I particularly like how it goes from fruity to slightly bitter/grassy to earthy and dry in the finish. Good transition of flavors. I do wish that this beer was slightly more carbonated. After it sits in the glass for a while (we're talking 45 mins.), it tastes flat and still. This can EASILY be remedied, so I'm hoping the good folks at Brewer's Art do so.

Aug 09, 2014
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JohnK17 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

Mar 29, 2013
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InspectorBob from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

May 20, 2013
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Drknight from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Aug 18, 2013
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runner72 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Feb 08, 2014
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PatronWizard from California

2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yet another big thanks owed to mikereaser from the Under 100 Bif. I think I have just one more treat after this. Helluva haul that was.

Big 750ml. Pours an apricot colored semi-opaque fluid under an absolute abomination of a snow white head. There's three inches of beer and four inches of head, she said. Mushmellow. I wonder if it will ever die or it it is immortal. The beer contains a full onslaught of bubbles racing to the top. Damn head might still be growing. Looks like alka seltzer. IT'S ALIVE!

I smell citrus and spice through the foam. Tastes like lemon. With spices. Not bad.

Carbonation is over the top rude as hell. I'm talking unnecessarily rude. Mouthfeel and drinkability suffer as a result.

Overall: served its purpose

Jan 12, 2009
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joedon from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a small firm head and deep gold color. The head didn't persist very long.
Nice aroma with subtle fruit and spice.
Light, balanced flavor but not much hoppiness; very fruity, Dutch flavor ale
Easy on the tongue, good texture. Nice, yeasty, malty aftertaste
Substantial, goes down good, tasty finish. A beerdrinker's beer.

Sep 11, 2005
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hoppymcgee from Maine

4/5  rDev -1%

May 28, 2013
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calcnerd from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

Nov 27, 2013
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pitasoup from Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at brewer's art. golden yellow color, pours clear with slight white head. this ale was crisp and dry, it has the essence of most belgian ales without the deep fruit flavored hearty body. the more i have it, the more it becomes my favorite BA beer. the distinct hops come through clean and finishes well.

-notes from 02/06

Jul 29, 2010
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mcphish22 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Feb 11, 2012
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Urbancaver from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at brewers art

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow. A good amount of white frothy head. Very pretty. Smells yeasty and lightly flowery. Hops are barely detectable on the nose. Tastes sweet and little citrusy. Floral flavors coupled with some nice hoppiness. The sweetness masks the bitterness of the hops well. Good carbonation. Solid mouthfeel. Overall very enjoyable

Sep 05, 2011
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

Dec 24, 2013
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mrebeka from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Apr 28, 2013
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AlexFields from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

May 21, 2014
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klkatz from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Jul 19, 2013
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a very nice clear golden color. The head was fluffy and white with a thin retention and decent lacing. The smell of the beer is floral, fruity and very bready. The taste of the beer was a little metallic up front, the more you have the less of that you get. The beer has a nice bready sweetness with a banana-like fruit flavor. The hops give this a nice balanced bitterness. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a good body and carbonation. Overall this beer was really quite good. I wasn't sure what to expect but it turned out to be really good.

May 04, 2013
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nukem5 from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice carmel color with a nice fluffy cloud of thick heady foam.

S: All the wonderful spices and herbs come up from the tulip glassware and flood to nose with every inhalation.

T: Nice blends of spices and slightly yeasty we got 4 glasses 2 rounds the second having more flavors than the first.

M: Medium body with creamy smooth finish.

D: Nice drink and could would will hope to again.

Thanks Chad for the trade was a great way to kick off the trip to WBF Raleigh 2010

Apr 27, 2010
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mdfb79 from New York

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 5/22/10 notes. Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of yeast, spices, and malts.

t - Tastes of citrus fruit, spices, and yeast.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good Belgian. I enjoyed the citrus fruit in the taste and thought the spices and yeast made for a typical Belgian style beer. Would try again.

May 24, 2010
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

4/5  rDev -1%

Jan 09, 2013
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 421 ratings