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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2013
13th July 2013
Almost clear amber beer with a big pale cream coloured head. Palate is minerally crisp. Good orange and tangerine citric hops. Goes well with the lightly smoky malt. Finishes with thin creamy malt and minerals. Decent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 14, 2013
bottle at home ... copper ... massive tan head ... soft toffeee light smoke ... big zezty pine nose ... over fizzy ... little fish smoke ? ... light yeast ... soft toffee ... not working for me

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (11890) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9960) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8323) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (8159) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2013
bottle from Tuckers Maltings. Hazy amber colour, mid-sized off-white head. Shy smoky nose. Medium-bodied, malty with a shy touch of fruit, some faint smoky flavours in the far background. Expected it to be more smoky, nevertheless this is very, very tasty!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fin (7698) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle picked up at ’Jacks’, Westholme Stores, Goring-on-Thames, Oxon. Consumed at home Sunday 15th September 2013 Cloudy amber/muddy light brown colour. Fresh, tingly nose, I would have hoped to have detected a little smokiness but I can’t. Taste is fresh, clean, soft carbonation late subtle smokiness and even a unintentional nod to Orval in the finish. This comes across as a more saison style beer to me, its fine but no great shakes. A6 A3 T6 P3 Ov10 2.8

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (6530) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2013
50 cl bottle. BBE 31.03.2014.
Pours amber color with a huge frothy head. Aroma is surprisingly strong with smoke, some grass, yeast notes and hops also. Flavor of smoky malts, caramel, mild wet hay, hops and faint goose berries at the end, distant yeast also. Medium carbonation, light-bodied, mildly bitter. I didn’t actually have that high hopes for this one but it managed to surprise me. The smokiness works very well considering the light body. Nice.
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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6526) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (5739) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2013
50cl bottle courtesy of and shared with jmgreenuk. Good smokey aroma. Very thick white head. Hazy amber pour. Nice smokey taste. Very drinkable.


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