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Bellwoods Blitzen

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


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

mabel's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (2585) - - NOV 9, 2014
Lovely saison, rich plum and lemony flavors with rich maltiness, gentle sour finish. Highly drinkable with a dangerously hidden abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (1254) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
(750mL 2012 bottle from the brewery, cellared ~20mo) Pours a hazed dark brownish orange with a big pillowy white head that really lingers with lots of lace. Aroma of bready malt, slight banana ester, cloves, orange peel, and a tart slightly lemony sour mash note. Palate initially kind of sweet, bready, orange. Bit of tartness pops up in the middle, it’s no Berliner but there’s a hint of lemon to it. Some slightly sweet malt persists alongside to the finish, with orange peel and an herbal bitterness for some balance. Mouthfeel is medium full with soft and effervescent carb that is creamy on the tongue and spritzes on the top of the throat. Drinks well with little alcohol present. Did not try this fresh but think the time helped it, the clove was not overpowering and the booze/sweetness seemed nicely muted. Not as tart or, in my opinion, as good as the 2013 but a nice big pale Belgian nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3762) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
Glass, 4-ounce, cask, Cask Days at Toronto, savoured on October 19 2013; eye: golden, lightly hazy, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: Brettanomyces yeast, horse, white wine; mouth: Brettanomyces yeast, horse, white wine, floral hops, finale in Brettanomyces yeast, medium body, good carbonation, lightly bitter, slick texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Verre, 4 onces, en cask, Cask Days à Toronto, savourée le 19 octobre 2013; œil : dorée, légèrement voilée, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : levure Brettanomyces, cheval, vin blanc; bouche : levure Brettanomyces, cheval, vin blanc, houblon floral, finale en levure Brettanomyces, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, légèrement amère, texture coulante; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (4170) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
Cask Days 2013. Hazy yellow pour, small white head. Tropical fruit aroma, lime, and kiwi come through. Malts are sweet, and bready, wth some light yeasty esters. Finish was lightly bitter, with more tropical fruit, and some light tartness, with some solid lemon, and the alcohol is nowhere to be found. Nice stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12940) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
A hazed amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with smooth butterscotch notes, tropical fruits, nice. In mouth, a sweet smooth lemony malt with kiwi, leechee, nice and smooth. Cask Days 2013.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle from the brewery. Pours a slightly hazy deep orange with a whole bunch of fine white head that doesn’t really seem to dissipate much, also leaves a bunch of lacing. Smell is slightly sour and tart, but also has a distinct fruitiness to it that may come from the champagne yeast, interesting. Palate is medium bodied with some really strong carbonation. Taste is really nice, not nearly as sour as the smell would hint, starts with some spiciness and some tart bitterness builds a bit before giving way to some slight sweetness and more tartness in the aftertaste along with some alcohol heat. Very nice, I’m really enjoying this, looking forwards to this year’s version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
Bouteille 750ml, courtoisie de Johnsense. De couleur orangée-cuivrée et voilée. Nez de levures fruitées (agrumes, notes d’abricots, petites traces de fruits tropicaux), épicées (poivre, notes de clou de girofle, traces de gingembre et de coriandre) et aux petites notes terreuses, de houblon floral et légèrement herbeux avec des notes de pain et de malt plutôt pâle. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-élevé ainsi qu’une texture légèrement crémeuse. Goût de levures fruitées (agrumes, notes d’abricots) aux notes terreuses accompagné d’un goût d’épices (poivre, moyen de clou de girofle, léger de coriandre, notes de gingembre et traces de muscade) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un léger goût de malt pâle sucré avec des traces de pain et de biscuits. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve une légère-moyenne amertume asséchante de houblon floral et herbeux appuyé d’un léger-moyen goût d’alcool réchauffant et ce, jusqu’en finale. Post-goût long et plutôt sec, moyennement amer de houblon floral et herbeux, de levures fruitées (zeste d’agrumes), d’épices et avec un léger goût d’alcool.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjarovi (55) - markham, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
Great big bite right off the top. Complex and wild notes along with a big finish. The lime notes come through but are very subtle and still the beer is complex and cleat at the same time. Very cool.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (2320) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2013
Pours light orange with huge head and good lacing. Nose is spicy with some orange fruit and yeast. Aromas also include rye slices and a bit of earthy hop bitterness. Really neat take on style. Full body with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
Bottle [750ml] shared with GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o GregClow. Pours a hazy orange-copper with a large fluffy off-white and some lacing on the glass. Aroma and flavour are yeasty, fruity and herbal along with lots of cloves and nutmeg. Medium bodied. Fantastic, I loved the spiciness of it.

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