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Ben Middlemiss Benediction Ale

Ben Middlemiss Brewing Company
Formerly brewed at Harringtons Breweries

Style: Abbey Dubbel
Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
"Ben Middlemiss Benediction ale made its first U.S. appearance in 2000 at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia as part of Michael Jackson’s "10 Most Exciting Beers of the Millennium." We know of no other New Zealand beer that receives the same amount of care and attention, and we are proud to re-introduce Benediction to the United States. This classic ale will develop for 4-5 years if kept under ideal cellar conditions."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (2872) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Surprised to find this beer just sitting on the shelf at Malt and Vine, next to the last bottle, which I might bring home. 2010. Pinkish red pour with a quick fade head. Fresh cherry MD berries aroma. Smooth semi sweet berry, cherry, candy like flavor. Seems like time soured this a bit, which is very nice. Red wine notes late. Quite enjoyable for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2015
33cl, 2010 vintage. Small off-white head atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Sherry, caramel, some banana, Belgian yeast spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, banana, Sherry, light bubblegum. Medium body, some stickiness, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Tart citrus and caramel aroma. Orange-tan color. Sweetish sour and tart-bitter flavor, more like a tripel than a double. Thinner and dry as well. Not the world’s best, okay Belgian style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21447) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle. Cloudy amber brown color, medium off white head. Aroma of apples, caramel. Taste is fruity, slightly sour, caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
portableparty (2281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2013
2010 bottle. Pours hazy dirty copper with a tight sudsy white head that dissipates to a soapy spotty film and sudsy collar. Aroma is sweet caramel some yeast, but the earthy bitter hops really show. Taste is bitter with a strange funk and tart sweetness along with some spearmint and clove. Really odd tasting I can’t tell if this is on purpose or infected. Palate is thin fizzy and drying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Backlog of ratings. Thanks to someone at one of bu11zeye’s tastings. The look is cloudy, an off white head, and orange in color. The smell is yeast, fruits, alcohol, and ok. The taste is dried fruits, yeast, and alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4591) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Hazy amber with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of light herbal, wet grass, and caramel. Taste is of citrus, light caramel and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
30th October 2010
Cloudy dark amber beer, little white head. Woody sourness and light mild chocolate on the nose. Light dry palate. Dry sour malt. Tart orange and a little lemon and coca cola. Dry spice and a trace of mild chocolate. Subtle butterscotch. Finishes very dry. Not bad but way over dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mbgrayson (719) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JUL 11, 2012
An 11.2 ounce bottle, dated 2010. Pours a cloudy dark orange with thin white head. Aroma of fruits and sugars. Taste is a little flat. Otherwise, this Belgian is fairly typical, alcohol is there in the background. Dark fermented fruits and candied sugars. Moderate thumbs up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4348) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Has some sweet notes that come through in the nose and taste of this one. Pours cloudy and amber with a minimal head. A nice Belgian...

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