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Barley Johns Belgian Special Bitter
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Spiced with corriander and fresh orange peel, this golden ale enjoys a beautiful clarity with a thick foamy "Belgian Lace" head. We added a pale ale's worth of East Kent Goldings hops into this one for a crisp and bitter finish.Optionally served with an orange slice.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Draft @ Brewpub: Yellow hazy, light head and lacing. Nose of belgian yeast and spicy herbs, moderate hops and malt. Thin flavor though, not much in the yeast areas in the tail. Meh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2007
(Draught) Pours a lightly cloudy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of coriander, orange peel, and soapiness. Flavor of grassy/floral hops, herbs, and spicy yeast with a dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/23/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

hazy yellow, fine white head, drippy lace, sweet estery aroma with light fruit and a nice spicy character, light sweet malt flavor, nice bitterness from start to finish, spicy character blends well with the bitterness, touch of fruityness keeps it balanced and complex

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Draught glass at the brewpub, RBSG Minneapolis pub crawl, June 22 2007. Cloudy, bright gold-amber body with a small lasting white head, bit of lace....aroma of pears, lots of sweet and funky Belgian yeast, light earthy English hops; doesnít meld perfectly but stays interesting....quite hoppy on the tongue, full-bodied, fairly juicy and fruity, lightly tart and a bit dry to finish.... to me it seemed more Belgian than English, but just barely so....a fascinating, reasonably successful experiment.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
yespr (30747) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2007
Pours hazy light orange to yellow with a white head. Fruity spicy aroma. Flavour is slight chemical and going into a mild bubblegum sensation. Mild bitter finish. Yeasty bubblegum flavoured beers I really donít get, well brewed, but I just donít like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2007
RBSG 2007 Pub Crawl: Pours a clear gold in color with a white head. Aroma, bubble gum, yeast, and spice. Flavor, yeasty, lemon, spice, some cloyingness, and some pepper. Tasty beverage.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2007
RBSG 2007 pub crawl. Nice thick head. Smelled spicey, tasted grassy with bananas. Smooth drink and finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2007
RBSG 07weekendl. Pours a nice hazy golden with a fluffy lasting white head- and decent carbonation (when I came back the following day for the pub crawl , this beer seemed to have less carbonation). Aroma is spicy yet clean belgian ale yeast- tons of herbal an dgrassy hops- hoppy saison-like. Very hoppy flavor with some spicy phenols, grass, herbal and flowery with a nice tacky almost harsh bitterness which I loved. Smooth body and mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2007
RBSG 2007 at Barley Johnís. The beer is a hazy pale straw colored body with a creamy white head. The aroma is fruity yeasty Belgian ale mixed with an English hop. The flavor is fruity with light oranges and hay with Belgian yeasts. Drying palate with a nice bitterness and texture.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4353) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
One of the better beers from BJís. It has a light Belgian yeast aroma that includes hops. Flavor is quite dry, lightly spiced. Cloudy yellow with a nice head. More of a saison than a Belgian ale.


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