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 Clydesdale
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a fairly hazy golden-yellow color. The white head is reasonably large, with medium density. Retention is good. Some nice lacing sticks to the glass.

S: There's a pleasant honey-on-a-biscuit aroma up front. Quite fruity underneath those initial tones. Big notes of white grape and peach, with secondary notes of pear and granny smith apple. Hop aroma is pretty light, with faint herbal and perfumey character. A bit of light, dusty spiciness and alcohol is also noticeable.

T: Some dry, faintly graint maltiness up front, with some light sugary notes. Hops crash in with some drying bitterness and very light herbal flavor. Fruity notes lurk throughout; white grape acidity, stone fruit vibrancy, and apple/pear sweetness are prominent. A bit of clove-like spice adds depth. Alcohol is mildly apparent.

M: Medium-light body. Carbonation is fine but quite perky, adding a nice prickle to the mouthfeel. Dryness, as expected, hits hard toward the finish. Alcohol adds a bit of heat, but it's within expectations for the style.

O: I like this one a lot. It's vibrant and tasty while remaining fairly approachable - perhaps because it's a bit less phenolic than some other Belgian-style pales. A fruity, dry, and drinkable winner.

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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 ThisWangsChung
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy golden color. The head is a rocky three finger white shade. It really has the texture I look for in the style, but perhaps not the retention. A decent amount of splotchy lacing is left on the glass.

S: There's a definite apple presence here, to the point where it seems like a dry cider at times. Other noteable aspects include bubblegum, phenols, earthy hops, and some subtle spicing. Decently complex, a lot more than I expected from a canned BSPA.

T: It opens with both a pleasant touch of phenol and distinct breadiness. Touches of spice and fruit esters appear mainly near the cidery, apple-laden finish, though it should be said there isn't a significant presence of Belgian yeast here. A faint hoppy bite sometimes appears. Perhaps a little sweet, as well, but certainly refreshing.

M: This is where the lack of bottle conditioning lets it down. The back end is a bit syrupy, and it doesn't feel that lively on the palate. Or maybe it's not much of a letdown - there's no annoying astringency some in the style feature, either. It slides down the tongue without any friction: in layman's terms, it's every bit as dangerously drinkable as the best in the style.

O: I'm always skeptical of any Belgian-style ale in a can - they always seem syrupy and strange. This, however, really does a deft job of skating around the fact that it's not bottle conditioned by successfully pulling off a sweeter, more cidery bend. Even better, it keeps the epic drinkability I look for from the style. It's not quite Duvel, but I reckon it's as good as a canned BSPA can get.

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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 Hopscat
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into stemless wine glass. Golden color , very clear and 2 finger white head subsides to a nice ring of white with persistent lace. Alcohol legs apparent.
Spicy yeast aroma is mouthwatering, with candi -sugar and alcohol .
Taste follows smell with big sweetness upfront / candi sugar and spice present. Very malt forward. Some dryness does come in middle with noticeable alchohol burn to end .
M- medium body with nice carbonation bite.
Overall this is an interesting beer but it's a little too sweet for me. I agree with another BA that the ABV seems higher than the label indicates

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass. Hazy golden body covered by a layer of white foam that dissipates quickly to a ring, with a little lacing on the glass. Not as much retention as I'd expect from a Belgian devil style beer.

Aroma of sweet light malt, coriander spice, grassy hops.

Husky Belgian yeast flavor with a little metal, quite a bit of coriander, some tropical/pear fruit and toffee, good amount of grassy hops. Good balance between sweetness and hop bitterness.

Body is medium and carbonation is fizzy, for a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Has a little alcohol burn on the tongue.

A flavorful, complex devil beer that is a delight to drink. Seems the ABV is a bit higher than advertised. The alcohol, strong spice, and good amount of hops makes this a strong ale that takes the palate for a serious, tasty ride.

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Photo of DIM
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

a: Chill hazed golden straw color; poured with a short lived fizzy head.

s: Soft candi-sugar, banana and other fruit phenols, and hint of grassy hops.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part only more so, if that makes sense. Softly sweet candi-sugar, plenty of fruity phenols, leafy hops and clove at the finish.

m: Silky smooth and gently carbonated.

o: Deliciously simple and a bargain to boot. A case purchase is imminent for sure. I wonder if a little something was lost without the bottle conditioning? I need to buy a bottle some time to find out.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A CANQuest (TM) salute to co-owner Volker Stewart of The Brewer's Art for bowing to my insane suggestion to put this beer in a CAN! I don't care what it tastes like at this point - it's going in the cooler to the beach and I'm taking my boom box and blasting some Black Sabbath. That's how The CANQuest (TM) rolls at this point in time.

The Crack once more revealed a brimful CANtainer and I CANnot hold back my joy at this seeming trend among craft CANners! An inverted Glug later and we were on a roll. I had a solid finger of rocky bone-white head that boiled and bubbled like any good witch's brew and slowly fell, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and suddenly King Midas and Croesus were wrestling with me, not over the beer, but over our new favorite Nebraska native, Val MidWest! Nose was spicy, but not from adjuncts, but undoubtedly from the yeast, which also imparted a pleasant mustiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was a CANglomeration between JuicyFruit and Big Red gum. It was mixed fruity, but also hot and spicy! Jeez-O, man, I may need a lay-down after this one. The lacing that had begun to appear was going to require a jackhammer to remove and I just returned my rental the other day. My mind is starting to smooth out and this is not helping! In fact, it may be paving the way. Finish was dry, thanks to the yeast having done its job in a big way. I'm done.

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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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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear golden color in the glass. Not a speck of sediment in the bottle. A fair amount of frothy head at first pour, though less after that. Nice swirls of lacing. Fruity aroma.

Sweet on the lips followed by a tart taste. A dry peach and fruit cocktail taste. As the flavors linger it's more of a pear taste, with the skins and a bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. Honeydew melon and bitter greens. Quite an interesting and complex beer.

The dry yeasty finish is quite pleasant, and not overly dry. Even some honey taste. It seems like a nice balance of yeast flavors-- the bitterness, fruit, and dry sensation. From the 750 ml corked bottle bought at Whole Foods in Washington, DC.

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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 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 Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a Gandhi-Bot tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale amber body under an inch of fine white foam. Decent retention and good lace. Attractive.

S: Floral and fruity esters dominate, with some moderate earthy hops and a hint of citrus. Light spice and substantial maltiness as it warms. Good, not quite great.

T: Malt and fruit both take over here, with major apple and bread notes. Spice, minerality, and light booze on the finish. Moderately medicinal. A little harsh.

M: Frothy, lively, and fairly light-bodied. Overly insubstantial, but fitting for the style.

O: Enjoyable, thoroughly drinkable, but unremarkable. I love seeing exciting craft beer in cans, but this pales in comparison to 668.


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Photo of justintcoons
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip.

Pale gold with 2 fingers of fluffy, white head. Good retention, excellent clarity and low carbonation.

Pear, apple, bread and honeydew.

Pear and golden delicious apple through and through. Doughy bread and caramelized grains. Has a light Belgian yeast character along with touches of hay, honeydew melon and lemongrass.

Light bodied and incredibly smooth.

Insanely smooth and easy drinking. Overall a fantastic BSPA!

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Photo of poolpog
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful golden color. Inch of foam. I'm not a beer connoisseur/fanatic but i do like beer.

Anyway, pours a pale gold gold golden color, really nice looking. Rather foamy, idk if that is good or bad, but it is a thing at least.

I'm terrible with description of smells, but to me this beer smells very nice. You know how some beers, even freshly poured, smell like last week's frat party's floor? This one is NOT like that. Fresh and grassy, just a nice pleasant smell.

Taste is slightly sharp, mildly hoppy, very smooth, and goes down very easy. sweet notes, but not unpleasantly sweet. even burping it up tastes good the second time.

Mouthfeel? i didn't even know this was a thing, for describing beer. I'll abstain on that one. Feels like beer.

overall, I am buying shitloads of this one. my new favorite. Also, it is now available in cans!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Very nice bright gold colored body with a thick, frothy white head. The head lingers around and leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Peppery Belgian yeast, aromatic tree fruits (pear, apricot), slight bready aroma, citrus, along with an herbal note.

T- The aromatic fruit notes compliment the flavors, but do not shine as much as in the nose. Citrus flavors up front give way to grainy, bready flavors, with the fruity flavors showing up in the finish.

M- Medium-high carbonation, medium bodied, very drinkable especially as it warms a little.

O- A very enjoyable, above average Belgian style offering.

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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 johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity Mike!
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates slowly. Smells of sweet and candy sugar with a hint of citrus and a bit of light caramel, pepper and spice. The flavor is malty sweet with sweet sugars up front that are sandwiched between tangerine and orange peel. Light pepper and spice with a hint of yeasty funk before a sweet lingering finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice Belgian ale, a bit sweet and fruity but so easy to drink.

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Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy golden color with a huge four finger white head.

S- Light fruits, pear, floral notes, musty yeast, pepper.

T- Light fruits, some apricot and pear, pepper, floral, touch of musty yeast, some earthy bitterness in the finish.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A nice easy drinking beer. Worth seeking out. I will definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish gold with good head that stuck around forever. Had a decent aroma of yeastiness, touch of orange and citric and bitter hops, tad bit of fruit and some sweet sugary malts. Easy to drink, has a mix of sweet and tart fruit as well as some spiceiness for a little kick. A bit on the plush, juicy side with a filling mouth, can't really pinpoint the fruits other than something like apple/pear and a touch of tropical as well. Some sweet malt as well but ultimately finishes dry with a crisp kick and is an excellent beer to relax with on a terribly hot summer day.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 750ml corked and caged Belgian bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin, 1-finger, white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace and not leaving much of a trail.

S: Fruity Belgian phenol and ester aromas fill the nose. Hints of dark fruits in the background.

T: Similar to the aroma this flavor consists of a fruity Belgian taste with hints of dark fruits and phenols.

M: Pretty strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Another great Belgian beer by Brewer’s art. I liked this more on tap than the bottle.

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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 zrab11
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice dark yellow color with a huge 3 1/2 finger head that i had to wait about 2-3 min to settle.

S-Has a nice earthy smell with some citrus notes as well as some fruit and spices. Also has a champagne like smell with some hints of yeast.

T- Has a nice bitter hops flavor up front with a nice tart sweetness in the middle and then finish's with a dry champagne feel

M- Medium body with good carbonation

D-overall this was a good BSPA but it wasn't as good as i hoped. I had really high hopes for this one but it just wasn't balanced enough for me. the spices and hops and champagne flavors just didn't mesh as well as i hoped. it was still an easy drinker but not the mind blowing flavors and complexity that i had hoped.

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Photo of Urbancaver
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

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