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Bellwoods Blitzen
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Formerly brewed at Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Saison
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A strong Belgian saison spiced with cloves, tangerines and kaffir lime leaves. A well-balanced ale with a biscuity malt backbone, spicy aromatics and a subtle tartness.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
matt7215 (2161) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2013
750ml bottle from the brewery, shared by distr0. hazy goldenwith awhite head. aroma of double mint gum. thick, sweet and spicey, very much like a big flavour wit beer, not even close to a saison.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2301) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2013
750 ml bottle from brewery. Pours a modestly cloudy orange with large, lasting, slightly off-white head. Aroma is quite fruit (mostly tropical fruits) with fair amount of spice. Flavour is apple, pear, lime, some banana, lots of floral character and a big clove hit. Sweet but quite dry in the finish. Fine but lively carbonation. Medium to full body. Interesting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaynsawchuk (435) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2013
750 mL. Pours a cloudy orange tinged iced tea, with a massive white head. Sour aroma, lots of spicy clove and ginger, mandarin orange, lime, yeast and biscuit. High carbonation and a smooth effervescent mouth feel. Complex and tasty, a great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rob6239 (621) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Pours dark and semi-cloudy. Good spice aroma. Taste has a very mild bitter to it that makes it different than a typical winter/Christmas spiced ale.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerWeg (1487) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2013
A heavyweight Saison you could lay down a bomber or two of, mine was on draught. Fuzzy orange look with creamy white head, aromas of vanilla, spice and fruit. Deep round flavors of rooty spices nd himts of candy lemon and vanilla. Apricots, apple butter and prunes. Creamy palate, late bitterness seems to be from hops and herbal spices. Only a hint candy-ish and never too heavy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3674) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Very strong, tasty beer. Pours clody orange with creamy head, good lacing. Smells like ginger and cloves - great saison for winter. Aroma has floral hops and alcohol as well. Taste is tangy with some bitterness. Tap at brewpub.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2013 2013-03-28. Crisp bright orange large foamy white head. 4 modest aroma, lightly spicey, modest pale malt, light alcohol. 7+ Flavour is similar, relatively dry, fairly spicey, floral notes, spice has a bitterness to it, sort of nutmeg or clove like? 7+ Smooth average plus bodied palate is quite carbonated, suits it. 3++ Much more depth than previous sample, but the clove grows a lot as it goes on which might entice me on another day but was limiting my enjoyment of it slightly today. 7/4/7/4/14 3.6 Bottle shared by GregClow.

2012-12-31. Dark orange body with a small off -white head. 3+ Flavour is quite dry and relatively bitter. Sort of floral quality to the hops. 6+ Aroma is similar, floral hops, dry sort of flour like pale malt. 6+ Average bodied palate with low carbonation. Something, I think the hops, are not to my taste. Didn’t quite get into this one. Will try again if I get a chance. 7/3/7/3/13 3.3 Bottle at Volo, Toronto

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
December 30, 2012 - on draught at Volo. Cloudy golden pour with a minimal head. Aroma of alcohol, spice, floral bitterness and fruit/banana background sweetness - very yeasty and appealing, if perhaps more summery. Taste follows, a tad boozier with less spiciness ("Carlos SpicyWeiner here!" keeps running through my head, I really should watch less Family Guy). Average body, nicely carbonation, finishes quick and a bit dry - I really liked it and will drink it again if I ever see it around.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2013 [5043-20121231] Tap. Mild orange hops aroma. Hazy, orange red body with a quick foamy off-white head. Dry orange hops flavour has a bitter white wine aftertaste. Medium-full body. Interesting, just a little too dry bitter winey for me. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)

[5174B-20130328] Big bottle. Fresh hop floral soap aroma. Hazy, orange amber body with a medium-lasting creamy white head. Bitter cloves and sweet orange hops flavour. Medium body. Really interesting, super boozy. (7/4/7/4/15) 3.7
(c/o GregClow)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Cask at Volo
Aroma: candy, vanilla , slight tartness. Alcohol notes with medium dry hop feel. Straight approach yet very nice. 8-
Apperance: murky amber with medium top. Some lace shown. 3+
Taste/Palate etc. Medium bodied. Dry mi with fuller walls. Vanilla , some peach , hint of plum with meadowy floral wrap. Good.


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