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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 TheMistler
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft during the first of my soon-to-be frequent trips to Brewer's Art.

A bright gold in color, with a slight bit of a creamy looking head that displayed spotty lacing.

Alcohol and white pepper to the nose, with a fruity spiciness that lingered in my nostrils. The aroma leaned more towards spice than fruit and malt, more so than the Duvel it honors, to my nose.

Sweet, maybe with some caramel sugars, and molasses. A grassy earthiness comes in front of and introduces spicy and tart grapefruit (nice, if slight, bittering) as the dry, crisp aftertaste settles in, accompanied by alcohol warming.

A crisp, well balanced beer in taste, with a nice bite. A slightly astringent alcohol taste and the warming contribute nicely to the overall taste and feel of the beer. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Easy drinking.

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, from notes (I've also had it a few times on draft at the source)

Straw golden in color, nice 1/2 finger head, nice aromatics (flowery, a bit, some spice). Spice in the initial taste, again more floral notes in the mouth, alcohol hidden reasonably well, lots of complex little flavor things going on. Enjoyable, sessionable Belgian given the ABV.

Delicious, isn't lacking in anything, isn't overpowering or too light on the flavor. One of the best and most consistent offerings from a great brewer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body with a huge white head. Pretty good retention and a little bit of thick, sticky lacing.

Great smelling beer. Some pilsner type malts and hops.

Taste is good. Some sweet, pilsner malts dominate the flavor. Coriander and other spiciness are very noticeable. Grassy, earthy hops are present. Very dry mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable, decent beer.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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 MiScusi
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my friend USCTrojanBrian for sending me a bottle of this. This will be my first taste of Brewer's Art, which my friend Brian raves about.

750mL corked & capped bottle. This was the hardest i've ever had at getting a cork out. When it finally did a huge pop accompanied it.

A really nice light golden with a three finger white foamy, fluffy, rocky head. Tons of bubbles stream up from the bottom of my tulip.

S- pilsner malt is pretty apparent here with some pretty big amount of fruity esters and some belgian yeast earthiness.

T- The usual yeast qualities here with some fruit. But it's also quite peppery as well. That earthiness from the belgian yeast comes through very strong. It's actually quite a bit more earthy and peppery than Duvel, and has a little less fruitiness. The key here is really letting it warm up. I poured it way too cold and the first impressions were somewhat harsh. As it warms up a bit everything blends very nicely.

M- carbonation is pretty high. The body is about right though, light yet has somewhat of a slickness, probably from the alcohol content. I wont mark off too much for the carbonation because that is something that is easy to modify via vigorous pouring, re-pouring, or swirling.

D- nice overall. This is one of my favorite beer styles and they did a good job with it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle split with my roommate 'cos it's his birthday and I'm a sweetheart. The cork flies off this one with a huge bang and the deliciousness inside is poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Clear 22-carat gold with a massive, billowing white head. Incredible carbonation, great retention. Can't ask for much more

S: Unlike Le Canard, this one's spicy with pepper and maybe some sage? Mild floral character. A hint of sweetness is present in the back but this one _smells_ dry.

T: Starts off a mix of floral and spicy with jasmine and rose and white pepper dominating the palate. Dries up on the finish leaving a great, long lasting spicy finish

M: Excellent carbonation, lovely finish

D: At 7.2%ABV, I can see myself drinking a lot of this

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very soft pour easily produces three fingers of pale, tan tinged, off white colored froth in my 25cl tulip glass. The head forms characteristically textured, rockied structures as it slowly subsides all the while leaving a substantial layer of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a rich gold color that shows an almost clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. Ah, the aroma is quite divine (after smelling a vegetal hop note when I was pouring); the aroma focuses on a light pear fruitiness, a hint of green apple, plenty of earthy, peppery spice notes as well as some earthy esters and phenols. Interesting aromatic notes reminiscent of Meyer lemon zest, coriander, grassy pale grain, light saltine cracker grain notes, spicy wild flower nectar, and some dusty grains of paradise aromas all dance in and out of focus as I find my self enjoying the aroma for an extended period of time. Damn the aroma just hits the spot, this is exactly what I was hoping this beer would smell like.

Lightly sweet up front, which is backed up by a carbonic fizz that is quite lively. The beer has a nice mix of fruity esters and spicy phenols as it moves across the tongue; notes of pear, bright honeydew melon, aromatic apple and sweet lemon zest as well as notes of clove, some woody black pepper and light notes of spicy ginger. This has a bit more sweetness and a touch more fullness to it than the Prototype of the style. As it warms up the beer picks up a bit of heat in the finish with some cleaner higher alcohol notes becoming a bit more noticeable.

A second pour of this, warmer than the first, starts to accentuate the earthy spice notes that were so noticed in the aroma. This gets an herbal, slightly vegetal note toward the finish at times and there is also a light hop bitterness here that at times is not noticed because of the sweeter fruit flavors.

Damn, what is up with Brewers Art, all three beers I have had from these guys have been outstanding. Why am I not hearing more buzz about these guys? They certainly deserve it. This is a fantastic take on a Duvel inspired beer; fruity and spicier than Duvel, the added character definitely works wonderfully, especially considering that this is a bit sweeter than Duvel, that added flavors definitely help to tame the sweetness quite well.

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Photo of Kraken
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes-
Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an oversixed wine glass. Best by/bottled on date is unreadable. Sharp pop from cork tells of massive carbonation. Color is of lite straw. Immense head reminescent of De dolle, five finger massive expanding sticky head, great lace.
Nose- Belgian yeast, hops, and shortbread. My mouth is watering.
Taste- The wait for the head to fall is well worth it. lite sweetness from the malts, very smooth, faint hop bitters. Shortbread. Alcohol is hidden.
Mouthfeel- A pleasent myriad of fine carbonation. Long dry finish.
Drinkability- I could drink this all night long.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold. Doughy, yeasty, spicy, funky nose. Flavor brings much of the same with a fairly thick dough thing. Very earthy. Lots of dough. Smooth feel. Thick carbonation. Pretty nice. A bit too on the earthy side for me personally, but still a good overall production.

Had this on the can and it's much better; just as I was told it would be at The Foodery. Not so earthy this time, but still very thick on the profile. I'd get this in cans if it was readily available.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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 John_M
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know the Resurrection is the more popular beer in Baltimore, but this has always been my favorite of the regular line-up at Brewer's Art. Had this beer on tap the other night at the brewpub.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The beer is very spicy on the nose, with aroma's of honey, black pepper, butter, cherry and a touch of bitterness. The flavors replicate the nose on the palate, making this beer as complex as it is delicious. The beer has moderate sweetness, but the spice and bitterness cut right through it and keep the beer from becoming the least bit cloying. This beer is quite smooth and easy to drink, with the abv. very well disguised.

Just an excellent beer from the folks at Brewer's Art.

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Photo of cichief
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy gold with a thick white head of foam.

S- Very earthy, spicy, yeasty, with an underlying sweetness.

T- Sweet, but overly done, citrusy and earthy. Reminds me of orange peel and spice.

M- Smooth, well carbonated, with a medium thickness on the palate.

D- Very drinkable for such an alcoholic beer, very refreshing.

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Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid 4.0 it just works that way. Simply 'Good' =)

Appearance: Served a clear gold with a rapidly fading white head but the body showcases lot of tiny fizzy carbonation bubbles.

Smell: The aroma is of pale bread malts like a Pilsener with sugar and Belgian yeast, a hint of floral hops.

Taste: Dry grain and malt flavors with a bit of spice, citrus and smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with a dry finish.

Drinkability: A strong Belgian Ale is not a session beer but this one drinks very easily. I recommend giving it a shot.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time at the brewery in Baltimore. It pours a pale, straw color, which wasn't expected for this style, but still appealing. Nice retaining head and low subtle lacing.
The aroma is of fruit, undertones of fresh hops and Belgian funky yeast. Wheat aromas and slight sugar, but not expected for the style.
Good taste, front of honey, wheat, good dry hops, funk, pears. More like a pale ale than strong Belgian ale. After talking with the brewer and owner it makes a bit more sense why the overall appearance, smell and taste say nothing of the actual style. They claim yeast variations and alterations in hop use change the outcome in each batch. That's fine, but it's pretty far from a typical Belgian strong.
Nice full mouthfeel, good carb, flows throughout the mouth.
Drinkability is good, would definitely have another.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearnance: Arrrives at the bar with a hazy golden color and and decent head that deposits copious amounts of lacing on the glass

Smell: Biscuity, with interesting aromatics of grainy wood, stone fruit and a touch of sweet Belgian candi sugar

Taste: Grainy sweetness on the opening, followed by an earthy, yeasty aspect with herbacious hints that lead up to a dry finish, that has some spicy hop to it

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Nicely balanced Belgian Pale; love the finish; in the top echelon of US brewed Belgian style beers

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear gold with a rose tint in color. Hardly any head and no lacing.

S - Strong gumball and basil. Interesting, unexpected, but not unpleasant.

T - Fresh yellow cherry tomatoes (a very sweet mild tomato) is the first flavor that comes to mind. There is a lot of basil and a touch of a mild mint (like fresh mint leaves). Definitely unexpected, definitely interested, and, surprisingly, not bad at all.

M - Medium viscosity and not refreshing.

D - Considering that this tastes more like a mild picante salsa than a beer, this is pretty good. It is definitely unique. I would imagine there are a lot of foods with which this would go well (tortilla chips stands out in my mind). Sessioning would be difficult, but not unimaginable. This is one worth seeking out.

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Photo of weeare138
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sckressler for having this in his home kegerator...
Appears a light gold with a small amount of CO2 rising to the top of the super fluffy white head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of Pils malt, delicate citrus hops, and sugar.
Taste is of of the aromas with a bitter-sweet flavor that touches upon gentle notes of citrus and candy.
Mouthfeel is smooth, bitter, sugary, and dry.
This one is definitely Duvel-ish...not as complex and certainly more mild.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handed a golden pour in a Brewer's Art chalice. Appealing white head, not "stiff peaks" like some in the style but nice. Some lacing, and decent head retention. Not a steady stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass, though, like Duvel.

Smell: Some candi sweetness and a Belgian yeast fruitiness..

Taste: Here we go... Sweet at the front, then you get some of the Styrian hops. Finishes on a fruity note, but the aftertaste is all dry hops, which pleases me.

Mouthfeel: Seemed to me like it could have benefited from a little more carbonation. Moderate body from the sweetness. Drinkability is good, but it seems a little "rich" to be a true sessioner.

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Photo of nickg902
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
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 ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at UJ's on the Manatawny. Nice to see a Brewers Art beer in the Philadelphia area as they don't come around that often. The beer poured a light golden color with a medium thickness white head that lasted for a bit. The aroma of the Ozzy was a nice malty / sweet smelling bouquet with a bit of hop bitterness to the nose. The taste is a nice malty, bready taste with some sweetness and a good touch of hop bitterness at the end. With a medium body, I found this beer to be rather drinkable.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ozzy is spreading (pumps right hand in the air, flashing the "devil's horns") Slowly being available now in other parts. It's been on tap at Austin Grill in Baltimore for the better part of the year. By far, this is their best on tap, though some Shiner Bock fans out there might get perturbed.

Pale gold in color with a wisp of white head. The nose of grainy malts and peppary spiciness come through rather good in the flavor as well. Sweet, citrusy, and dry finishing, this is just an all around good pounder. Finished one or four while watching the Yankees recently lose in the postseason. The best of both worlds.

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Photo of joedon
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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 cubedbee
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in the Brewer's Art. Pours a liight gold with a thin finger of head and pretty good retention. Nose is a grainy malt with a slight bit of pepper. Taste is a pretty rich malty bread, with just a slight bit of sugary sweetness and a citrussy hop finish which is strong for the style. Medium bodied this beer has a really dry finish. This is dangerously drinkable for its alcohol content and goes great with the garlic fries.

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Photo of marburg
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I suspect English ale and American hop bomb lovers would appreciate this a bit more than a Belgiophile. It's quite good, but they really shoot themselves in the foot comparing this to Duvel (even if it's just a tenuous, "inspired by" sort of comparison). This is clearly a good take on the style, but it's nowhere in the same league as any of its Belgian big brothers or even similar offerings from some top North American brewers.

A very clear pale yellow with a decent head, this gives off the expected sweet lemon and spice/pepper aromas with some hints of cracked, dried coriander and light malt. Similar flavors with a bit of a rind-like bitter twist on the end, which threw me for a bit of a loop. Not nearly enough body; this really did taste and feel just a bit watered down. Perhaps it's a bit too filtered? I didn't notice any haze at all.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellow with a thin veneer of white head that leaves receding lace on the glass.
Aroma is cracked grain, pale malt and citrusy hops.
Flavor is a beautiful blend of pale malts, grains and citrus with a distinct tangy bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel starts light and citrusy that then moves to a grainy, wheat bread middle and finishes with a tangy, herbal and citrus finish.
Drinkability is very good. Smooth and lush on the palate with nice transitions between grain, pale malts and the citrusy hops.

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