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75th Street Ex Desparatus Belgian Style Pale Ale

75th Street Ex Desparatus Belgian Style Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Whats in a name really? The first time the Master Brewers at 75th Street Brewery sampled this beer, they realized that a simple or clever name would never do this beer justice. "Ex Desparatus, a votum pro spes" is a Belgian style pale ale that pours a dark copper color with an aroma of coriander, malt and a slight hint of yeast. The taste profile reveals a higher than normal carbonation followed by coriander and a touch of noble hops. A malty finish rounds out the taste to complete an ensemble several times more laudable than the name the brewers have chosen for it. Ex Desparatus, a votum pro spes... Out of desperation, a prayer for hope.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2009
On tap at the brewery. Served a bit warmer that I would have liked, which enhanced some flavor, but decreased the nice palate I think it would have had. Nose was a nice belgian yeast - I was getting somewhere between banana, bubblegum, and cotton candy as the glass went down. Taste was nice and malty with a good spice to it and a lovely hoppiness. Id have this one again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear, pale gold with an inch thick, dirty white colored, creamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast and herbal hops, but more caramel malts jump out than anything else. Some light banana and citrus. Flavor is initially a slippery and watery caramel maltiness. The middle is a light Belgian fruitiness before a growing bitterness kicks in. Stays moderately bitter and herbal with a light pine in the finish. Some of that Belgian yeast and banana remain in the lingering flavor as well. Palate is light to medium bodied and dry. Overall, a decent beer. Not the best balance, but enough flavor to enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009

Name: Belgian Strong Pale
Date: February 25, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: hazy yellow, creamy off white head, thick lacy patterns
Aroma: sweet estery aroma with lots of spicy phoenolics combined with floral hops
Flavor: sweet and spicy flavor, lots of spicy phoenolics melded with floral and spicy hops to where there is no division where one ends and the other begins, hint of malt candy adds sweetness, long bitter finish rolls out of the spicyness, bitterness gets to be a bit much after a while
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Sample at GABF 2007. Light amber in color with a medium white head. Seems light in body. Some mild orange flavors, but uninspiring. Finish is unusually dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Draft at the brewery. Malty, spicy and citric aroma, grainy, bready, doughy, peppery and lightly fruity, perhaps some faint mustiness. Clear medium copper color with a large-bubbled, lasting head and sheets of lace. Flavor profile is also lightly sweet and fruity, caramel and malt grains, blended with tangy fruits, spice, lemon and spicy, peppery, green hops, these mostly towards the finish. Hints of honey late. Mouthfeel is creamy, effervescent and smooth, body is medium. An interesting experiment for this brewer, seems more like something Id expect from New Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2007
GABF 2007. Not impressive. Clear yellow in the glass. Strong smell of yeast and diacytl; not appetizing at all. Mealy in the mouth, very grain forward in the sweetness and flavor (reminding me of a maibock). Corriander is faint in the weak finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - AUG 17, 2007
On draft at the brewpub. Pours a clear copper, with a creamy off-white head. On the nose, I picked up coriander, caramel and yeasty banana. Medium-bodied and slick it finishes lightly bitter and dry. The flavor is toasty caramel malt, citrus, and Belgian yeast (including a faint banana/cloviness) followed by a light hop kick. It finishes mildly bitter and dry leaving you with yeasty banana after-burps. A nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 I had another pint of this the other day. A much better beer now. I got lots of Belgian yeast character to go with some aggressive hops. A strong bitter finish. Lots of carbonation.

On draft at the brewpub
Dark copper, almost brown, with a white head. Light corriander and orange aromas. Some toasted malt character. Dish soap like aroma. Toasted malt flavor with some citrus. A touch of bitterness. I get the metallic aftertaste the Tim mentioned. Medium body. I had 2 pints. Dont know if Id have another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3734) - Kansas, USA - AUG 3, 2007
16 oz draft at the Brew Pub. Pour is a very clear orange yellow with a smallish off white head. Aroma is coriander, orange, spice and malt. Taste starts with the orange citrus and coriander, then moves to a nice grainy (malt / wheat) middle and finishes with some tart bitterness. There is something a bit off in the aftertaste, almost metallic. Despite this, a nice beer.

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