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Brewed by Arbor
Style: Belgian Ale
Bristol, England

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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cask, special
Freestyle Fridays #35
Cloudy, Belgian smoked pale ale.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (10674) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle during the High Speed Tasting Pt. II on the train back to London after the Black Country Bus Tour. This one I purchased at Cotteridge Wines. Pours clear, deep gold with a warm, frothy white head. Nose of light farts and orange citrus. Light sweet flavor, some ham, dry straw, oranges. Light bodied with high carbonation. Some further citrus notes on the finish, milder ham, dry bread. OK. Kind of odd.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle. Hazy golden brown with an off white foam. Aromas are toasted malts with rye bread and light smoke. Bready yeast with hints of earthy pear and traces of banana and metal. Raisins with herbal and spicy aspects. Flavours are rye toast with floral notes and some lemon. Herbal with toffee and bready, zesty yeast. Spicy on the finish. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brief_smile (110) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle. Deep hazy amber in colour with a fluffy white head. Aroma: grapefruit, mango, Belgian yeast, caramel, touch of smoked meat. Taste: zingy citric hops, smoky caramel malt and candied/spicy notes from the Belgian yeast. Finishes dry and bitter, with a lingering roasted malt/smoke presence. Lively (maybe to lively) carbonation. Interesting!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8076) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle on the Black Country Train Tasting Part ZWEI, 06/07/13, thanks to Leighton. Hazed golden amber with a medium sized off white head. Nose is orange sherbet, light hops, caramel, bitter tropical notes, touch of smoke. Taste comprises caramel, bitter orange, fruits, light hops, sugars. Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation, hop bitterness in the finish. Ok stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (3083) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 9, 2013
Cask at Friends of Ham. Sure this was the same beer others are rating, but was definitely yellow, not brown! Aromas of smoke were muted on the nose, but came through in the taste. Little to no carbonation. Hints of caramel and Belgian yeast. Interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (2244) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. This is a hazy brown beer with an initial malty smoke flavour with hints of red fruit, caramel and a vanilla and smoked finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommann (2663) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2013
500ml bottle at 5.2%. Pours a very lively dark brown with a large head. Aroma is a mix, smoked ham, Belgian yeast and mango hops. Taste has sweet ham to start and a yeast smoked ham finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
badmansam (58) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2013
Cask @ Jolly Butchers 2013/6/25 Oh yeah that’s how you do it. That’s how you brew a cask conditioned cloudy Belgian smoked pale ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2013
Fruity nose with a strong Belgian tang. Cloudy pour with a lot of life in it. The first thing you notice on tasting is the excessive carbonation. But then you remember it’s Belgian yeast and you forgive it. Flavour is fruity and spicy with a lingering dry hop presence. A lot going on here, and most of it good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6176) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Cask-conditioned at the Three Tuns, Bristol 29/05/2013. Slightly hazy amber with a frothy, off-white head. Stone fruits, solid malts, some leafy hops and a touch of smoke in the finish. Good.


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