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Barley Johns Big Nicks Belgian Ale

Barley Johns Big Nicks Belgian Ale
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Pours a hazy copper/amber color, with not quite a half inch of white foam. Decent lacing. Aroma: Malty with a spicy Belgian yeast character with a bit of sliced green apple. This beer is about the malt and the yeast flavors. In the malt department, I get a bready flavor, with some honey or candi sugar. There’s a ’Belgian ale’ fruitiness in there too, and a mildly spicy finish. Almost full bodied, the delicious taste lasts well into the aftertaste. I don’t discern any hop flavor, but this beer is wonderfully balanced. This very smooth and softly carbonated

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4747) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Tulip glass at the brewpub. Boy this is a weird one even for BJ: cloudy bright orange with a thick solid lasting snowy head, lovely and typically Belgian...nose is absolutely gigantic, a knockout, an orgy to the nostrils of sweet and bitter oranges, honey, currants, black pepper and vanilla, mostly sweet but zesty and extraordinarily complex...on the tongue, it couldn’t be more different, Orval-sour but without the zest, rather on the heavy side of creamy, with a cutting sour apple/lactic quality throughout that isn’t quite cut by the citrusy dryness..somewhat metallic at the end. Man, if the whole thing were only as good as that aroma, I would have never left...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Slightly hazy orange/amber color, clinging white head. Very fruity banana then flowing in mid palate to the sensation of banana *peel*. Some spicy notes, though mild, and some of them appear in the aroma but don’t carry through in the flavors, including a sense of when a steak hits a hot griddle pan and the fat burns off. A curious form of acidity as it went down the hatch. There is a coating quality to the palate that comes off as a bit of flatness--it is not especially spanking as I sometimes expect here. But this is an excellent beer overall. (on tap at brewpub)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Tap @ brewpub. A hazy dark golden color with a laced white head. Corriander, orange, and banana with a lively flavor. Dry at the finish. Quite a nice beer for a Minnesota brewpub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Tart citric aroma. Lemons and some considerable yeasty spice--perfumey. Very big flavors hit the tongue. Full-bodied, but not syrupy. Full of yeasty spice notes (unless this has been so elegantly spiced as not to tell with what it has been spiced.) Big, spicy, and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Consumed between a Winter Ale and a Barrel-Aged Rosie’s, 11-25-04, National Conspicuous Consumption Day... Thick, cloudy amber appearance, slim, creamy white head. Sweetness starts it, in the aroma, sugary and fruity, yeasty, too, but not overly forward. Very pleasant taste, big carbonation, flush and full in the mouth. Light to medium-bodied, loaded with fruity notes throughout, banana/peach esters rising up. Very easy-drinking, but substantial, brew. Loaded with flavor, a truly tasty treat. I recommend it as an aperatif, post any of BJ’s fine entrees.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Big yeasty banana on the nose. Cloudy oragnewith no head. Looks like a cross between a wit and a tripel. Big aromatics of clove and banana. Deep spices that would balance well with spicy hot food

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 24, 2004
Milky orange/gold w/little or no head. Nose of orange, vanilla, light spice, banana, and a mandrain orange note. Med weight w/sweet bitter finish. Flavors of vanilla, orange, coriander, sweet peach and most notably the alcohol is well concealed. Awesome brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Cloudy Amber Coloring. Small White Head. Enjoyed This Brew WIth Some Great MN Raters.. Aroma was Sweet, and Citrusy. Some Spice Notes on The Tongue...wheaty Taste.... Alcohol Hits You After You’ve Been Drinking It For a Bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2391) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Smells like a German weissbier with banana notes and some orange. Although 7.8% alcohol, there is not a discernable alcohol presence in the nose. Dark, cloudy orange body with a small white head and no lace. No head. Tastes like a Belgian wit and somewhat like a German weissbier. Deceptively strong. Very nice flavor. Went very well with spicy hummus and pita bread.

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