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Ben Middlemiss Nota Bene Abbey Ale



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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
Nota Bene is the great ale from veteran craft brewer Ben Middlemiss. NB: it is also a latin phrase used to indicate that special attention should be paid to something. So, "note well", and you will be richly rewarded with a complexity of flavours and aromas. Brewer Ben says you may be forgiven for "...making a habit of drinking this Belgian-style Abbey ale." A beautifully crafted, complex-charactered ale, Nota Bene weighs in at 8.7% ABV and has an almost orange hue. †The flavours are warm and dry and driven by a spicy hop fruit character, laced with an unobtrusive warming alcohol effect. †When poured, a lovely rich head forms and contains delicious yeast characters only found normally in the style of beers produced by the monasteries of Belgium. †It was indeed these monksí work which inspired Ben to develop this wonderfully enduring world class ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beachmaster (462) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle into a tulip. Pours hazy orange brown, with a big khaki head. Nose is caramel and dark fruit, and the taste follows. Quite sweet, with a short finish. Some booziness on the finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3542) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Bottle. A lot of raisin and plum in aroma. Same in flavor, with some strong caramel throughout. A bit dry in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snuffla (158) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 15, 2016
Nota bene time. Beccy says itís vile. I like it. Itís like the larvae of a vile beetle gently cooked in the most exquisite broth and then filtered thru a horse hair blanket. Itís like a girl that you donít fancy but have a weirdly intense sexual attraction to. Itís also fucking strong so I may be talking pish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niko100 (2700) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Rich amber/cider color; Medium body; Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, fruit, & spice; Flavor of malt, yeast, floral hops, dark fruit, citrus, and spice; Finish is somewhat tart; Not too bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ordybill (1340) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Poured from a 33 CL bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Smelled stale with malt and alcohol Appearance- This is a dark brown beer with no head. Taste- Not impressed, I donít care for the flavor mix of malt and raisins(?) Palate- A medium to full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a syrupy texture. Overall- I did not like this, I struggled to finish it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Это пиво вкусное. я, конечно, рекомен& его всем, что любит хорошую Craft пива!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9220) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle from Berkeley Bowl West. Pours murky amber with a thick beige head and a fruit and toffee aroma. There is a hearty roasted malt flavor with a fruity character and a bitter finish. Not a typical abbey ale, but still fairly tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NBird (626) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2014
Looks.orange amber sml head Smells. sour plums, spice, acidic funk & caramel malt Tastes. Sour-esque, yeasty, some spice..coriander.. Plum/stonefruits boozy and un ripe apple .. Caramel malts. Reminds of mikkeller surmonk. Good, much better than overall avg rating. 2010 btl.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1077) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Aroma - the aroma is full with caramel, as well as alcohol, and an acetone like aroma. Appearance - is a clean toffee colored brown with a nice white rocky head, that dissipates to a white halo. Taste - of sweet caramel, figs, and alcohol Feel - the body is somewhere between light and medium, the texture slightly oily, the carbonation is lively. The finish slightly astringent. This beer takes on some qualities of IPAís Iíve had before. In particular that acetone aroma that sometimes shows up in very hoppy brews, is present here. There is also an oily character in the taste and feel, that also shows up at times in very hop stuffed IPAís. Further, I get through it the less enjoyable it gets.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheNucleator (21) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2014
Some malt detectable in the aroma, but not a lot else. Cloudy appearance, with massive head. Light caramel head and rata honey colour. Malt very present in flavour, moderate sweetness and fairly well balanced.mouth feel is a bit weak than its true Belgian counterparts. Overall though a good beer for a kiwi brewer.

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