Brewer's Art Beazly Golden Ale | The Brewer's Art

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Brewer's Art Beazly Golden AleBrewer's Art Beazly Golden Ale

Brewed by:
The Brewer's Art
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our answer to the Belgian «devil» beers (i.e. Lucifer, Duvel, etc.). Both rich and dry, this beer is all too easy to consume in large quantities. Hopped with Styrian Goldings.

Formerly Ozzy Ale

Added by Todd on 06-17-2003

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Photo of AMBNT_notes
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From 12 oz can into mason jar glass. Last consumed yesterday.

Let me first say, if it was based on look and smell alone, this beer is easily a 9/10. It has a fantastic color to it and a wonderful smell. At very first taste, it is fantastic and refreshing with a very small bit of hop and then tasty deliciousness. However, (to be blunt) once the initial taste goes away in about 2 seconds, it both tastes and feels like Baltimore tap water. I bought a six pack and still have 3 of these sitting in the fridge because I simply cannot finish the rest of them.
The Brewers Art is were I went on my 21st, and I highly recommend going there. They have some fantastic beer in-house. If you can get to the Brewers Art, I'm sure this beer is fantastic. However, I cant say that I recommend this beer canned.

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Photo of mwa423
2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a can from the brewery in Baltimore, poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a light fluffy white head with a great retention. The beer is clear enough that I can read text through my glass. The head leaves a soapy retention down to the bottom of the glass.

S - Very floral and yeasty aroma with a light hop bitterness. The aroma is perfectly balanced, you get a nose-ful when you take a deep whiff, but not overwhelming.

T - The taste offers very little of the smell that got me excited about this beer. The taste is just a light bitter mess that tastes like an old pale ale. I bought a fresh six pack from the brewery, so I doubt it's aged. The aftertaste is just flat bitterness, similar to very bitter chocolate. I'll drink it but am certainly not impressed.

M - Mouthfeel is flat, bland and watery. There is a slight bubbly bite at the end, but not much going.

Overall, this beer isn't a winner. The aroma and appearance thought this would be an out of the park home run, but the taste and mouthfeel left me disappointed. Brewer's Art makes much better stuff.

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Photo of PatronWizard
2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
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

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Photo of Mises85
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I thought that it was going to be like duvel since the description said it was their answer to it. Didn't have much of a smell. served in a chimay like goblet glass. Touch of apple on the nose, some alcohol, and malt. half-one finger head. For me it didn't feel like a belgian strong ale. It tasted more of a saison with a boozy bite to it. That didn't mean the beer was bad but it was not described properly. Would I get it again? Probably not.

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Photo of stirgy
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the tap at the Grey Lodge, this beer poured a clean and clear gold color. A thinning white head topped off this brew. Low carbonation. From this beer emits a strange egg like aroma, or it can maybe be described as a Sanford felt tip marker. The taste is light fruity and has a spicy, almost peppery hop bite. Lemon cough drop notes come out. Medium malt bodied beer and finishes sharp and clean with a light and peppery dryness and a dry spicy hop sting. This is an enjoyable beer that has a distinctiveness about it.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into tulip. cant make out the canned on or best before date printed on the side of the can.

A: pours with virtually no head. hazed orange body. theres some brown stuff on the bottom of my glass. it looks like wood splinters. limited lacing.

S: soft fruit. pears. no hop aroma. sweet unfermented sugar.

T: very similar to the nose. a lot of fruit. very sweet. pears. a little bit of yeasty, earthy bitterness. chalky for a moment. finish has a lingering sweetness.

M: moderate carb on a medium body.

D: not bad, not great. finding this very middle of the road. wish I knew what this crap was sitting at the bottom of my glass. working past that, this thing still doesn't have anything that really grabs me.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Glad to see this on tap, as a full bottle would be a little much for me. Golden colored pour, pristine clarity, topped with a small, rocky, white head; low retention and just a bit of lacing at first. Quite Belgian in the nose, bready yeast, light spice, herbal hop notes. Taste of toasted cereal grains, Belgian yeast with fruit ester undertones, grassy, peppery spice. Light body, pretty easily drinkable, but nothing amazing. Not really sure what this beer has to do with Ozzy, unless it's a "prince of darkness" reference or something.

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Photo of jtw004
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Apperance - A very hazy darkish orange with no sort of foam/head

Smell - A light smell that gives you some wheat

Taste - A very very strong wheat beer taste. Those who do not enjoy wheat beer will not like this

Mouthfeel- Excellent mouthfeel that seems to almost gain carbonation at the end

Overall - Good warm weather beer for people who like wheat beers. Blue moon fans meet your king!

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Photo of esv
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A) Like so many Belgian-Styled blondes, dubels, tripples, etc., the head is no good. It barely had 1/8" head when it was handed to me. There are so few breweries that can hit it.

Straw color.

S) Spicy noble hops. Light grain/maltiness.

T) A high sweetness and alcohol that was a little nauseating. The bitterness was too medicinal. Not as clean as other belgian strong pale ales.

M) Medium body. Medium carbonation.

I loved the place and look forward to trying other offerings.

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Photo of tpd975
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale yellow hue with a big white head. Lots of fizz rising to the top as tiny bubbles.

S: Nice blend of spice, apple, pale malt and sweet fruit.

T: Fruity with a nice spice blend. Hints of hay and a bit of bitter hops in the finish.

M: On the lighter side. Nice snappy carbonation.

D: An okay version of the style.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clean and clear golden color with a small white head and lots of carbonation.
The aroma was somewhat unimpresssive with mild malt and grassy notes and almost no hops to speak of.
The taste was almost a pilsner/lager skunkiness up front, but changed into a sweet mild fruit aftertaste.
The mothfeel was a little harsh for me, with the bitter taste up front and a lot of carbonation throughout, although as I mentioned before, the sweetish aftertaste was pleasant.
Overall, I wasn't too impressed and the high ABV might make this a one-a-night kind of beer. This was my least favorite of the Brewer's Art beers; that having been said, I still think I'd drink it agian.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a house goblet. Really looking forward to this. I've been in Baltimore for almost four years now and haven't been to Brewer's Art until tonight.

3.5 A: Golden color. One finger of snow white head that fell fast but wouldn't die out. Left some lacing, but not much.

3.5 S: Spicy and sweet. Candi sugar and straw. Not a lot of hop character.

3.5 T: A good beer to start the night off with. Nothing spectacular, but very solid. Spicy and yeasty taste. Straw and sweetness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Very bubbly with good carbonation. Not as smooth as I'd hope.

4.0 D: I would have had another if I didn't have other beers to try.

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Photo of joedon
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If you are a fan of the earthy, spicy, astringent Belgian style of ales, this beer will blow you away. If not, however, it is a major avoid since it is an almost overpowering example of the genre.

Pours a bright golden with gigantic, fluffy head and gigantic torrents of carbonation. In fact, this appears to be overcarbonated. I would assume it was a one-off fault in the bottle except that I see this is a persistent complaint in BA reviews.

The aroma is large, like a slightly sour pilsner and with generous floral hops.

The flavor is even larger, with a big slap of pale malt and the sour sting of Belgian yeast, suggesting coriander or even anise. There is a sweet tingle of flowery hops on the finish.

The mouthfeel is slightly clingy, emphasizing the bitterness and spice, but that over-carbonation is distracting, making this the clear weak-point of the beer. If you want to enjoy the beer the best, I would suggest letting it settle considerably in the glass (which might also warm it slightly, which mutes the sourness and brings forward the pilsner-like malt character).

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Coming out of a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

A half-inch of semi-creamy head forms on-top this lighter than orange ale. Light waves of visible carbonation run from bottom to top, and a few splashes of lacing cling around the glass. The aroma is floral, dry, with hints of candied apricot and mint. This beer hits with syrupy apricots at the front. A note of booze follows. Honey and floral notes trail. This comes in a medium body which has syrupy moments, and overall a fine example of a Belgian Golden Ale.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is fruity, sweet, some malts. Taste is the same, but milder, still fruits, some hops and malts, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable and good quality beer.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from Dyan in my first trade, thanks! Shared with a couple friends this evening over some dinner.

Appearance- Pours with a massive white head over a golden, slightly hazy body. Off of a very mild pour, I have to stop half way through to let it settle. Really quite an impressive amount of carbonation going on, but not quite a gusher. Nice looking though with the pillowy white head.

Smell- Hmm, lots of spice, candy sugar, yeast, and grain in the nose. Most prominently, I get a lot of bready yeastiness and slightly musty (though not in a bad way if that makes sense) grains. Spices follow in the back of the nose notching up the complexity just a tad.

Taste- First thing that I notice is that this is very sweet in my opinion for the style. Lots of the sugar up front, followed thereafter by the yeastiness I got in the nose, along with lively spices. Grains are still present, but not nearly as much as I was expecting. Not a bad flavor overall, but much sweeter than I was expecting and a touch too much for what I like in the style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is quite nice on this brew. Not overly aggressive carbonation despite the initial pour and goes down quite smooth, though not quite as dry as I'm used to. Drinkability suffers again a bit from the sugary sweetness given that I found it to be at a higher level than most Belgian pale ales I'm used to however and I couldn't do much more than one glass of this.

Overall, a pretty solid shot at the style on the part of the Brewer's Art and I'm happy I got to try an offering from a brewery I've never tried before. That being said, it was a bit overly sweet for the style in my opinion and there are other examples I'd turn to first when seeking out a belgian pale ale.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass cork and cage bottle thanks to Carl (sleepnbballrlife) for this hook up. Date on back looks like 4/23/13.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow straw color with lush white giant head. Continuous stream of tiny champagne-like bubbles. Nose is wheaty with the Belgian "yeasty" nose, little white pepper, floral, etc.

Palate is crisp and zippy with carbonation. White pepper and flowers followed by sweet citrus pulp and a little sweet grass. Moderately long finish.

Notes: flavors are spot on, but the mouthfeel gets a little cloying after a few sips. Decent, but not Duvel.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, drank straight out of at Shake Shack upon arrival in Baltimore. A Belgian Golden, nice refreshing flavors, and Brewer's Art knows how to use the Belgian yeasts correctly. Never too overpowering, but definitely has the necessary presence. Sneak abv on this one as well, when it's this easy to drink.

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Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Fred for this one! Much appreciated GB.

Ozzy pours a pale pastel yellow, it has a slight haze but is generally clear with visible carbonation trails rising. A few fingers width of foam on the surface. Pretty decent lasting coverage, spindly lace sticks to the glass.

Peppery phenolic spice in the yeasty aroma leads off with some bitter orange peel and coriander. Lightly bitter and grassy in the dry aftertaste, mild grainy malt sweetness in the middle. Sort of thin bodied and spicy in general from the yeast strain. Definitely more drinkable than Duvel, etc.

Overall it's pretty good BSPA, it could use a little more body, but that's a minor knock.

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Photo of nickg902
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer before Orioles-Red Sox game at a local Baltimore bar. Appearance is of most other belgian strong pales, golden with a little haziness and a small white, foamy head. Aroma is nice and malty, with a hint of fruit and some peppery spices. The taste is of citrus fruit with a nice bitter hop aftertaste lingering. Not too powerful or complex. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Drinkability is high, nothing too special about this beer but a good local brew for sure

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by gford217 at one of our Brick Store Pub gatherings. Thanks for the opportunity. My first beer from this brewery. Pours a relatively light golden with lots of suspended particles. Okay head. Smells very grainy with some late creaminess. Tastes a bit like a Saison- certainly far more than it tastes like a Belgian Strong Pale, but with a lot of graininess thrown into the mix that distracts somewhat from other flavors and muddies the taste a bit. Not as sweet as a Tripel, but sweeter than most Belgian pales. There are some grassy hops here as well as a touch of lemon citrus, but the grain kinda dominates everything else. medium bodied, and fairly pleasant, but a bit of a mixed bag.

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Photo of Foolmonkey
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I decided to try this Brewer's Art beer, after being recommended to it by my friend. I hadn't heard of their beer before, but am definitely going to stop by the brewpub if I ever get the chance.

~Ozzy pours a pale yellow color with a huge head that lasts and plenty of carbonation. Smell is a very earthy, obvious yeast and wheat, with a slight apple cider aroma but lacking any amazing quality.

~Both the taste and mouthfeel are good. Has a dry woody finish with a healthy aftertaste. Fairly smooth with average drinkability. A good brew, but from what my friend tells me, I'd probably like the other Brewer's Art beverages more.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a can at The Bottle Shop on Passyunk - had not seen Brewer's Art in cans before.

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is golden, straw, nicely transparent; head is off white presenting thickly but dissipating to a ring and light lace.

Smell is phenolic upfront, light pepper and some malt notes, pilsent and biscuit.

Taste is right on the BSPA track, light sweetness, good off yeast flavors, could use a hint of more maltiness or something but very tasty.

Mouthfeel is upfront on the tongue, good pepperiness and drying qualities with a hint of lingering sweet malt flavors.

Overall I really like this coming from the can, great flavors and BSPA qualities, just missing a bit more malt flavoring in taste.

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