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Ben Middlemiss Nota Bene Abbey Ale



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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6705) - 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 (402) - 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 (641) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pdubyah (411) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 10, 2013
Itís ok. It isnít outstanding. It does not have the malt warmth, nor does it have the alcohol burn. There is tart start and a balance of sweet end, but not a lot of length. I liked that it stands up in itís class and would hold itís own in tasting. But it isnít special or spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavidWoodruff (393) - Windsor, California, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Hazy dark amber with moderate off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, malt and candi-sugar. Flavor is much the same, though drier than anticipated. A somewhat rough finish. Overall a nice Belgian Strong Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer-yum (549) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 14, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2014 Surprisingly different brew that exceeded my expectations with ease. Evidently, one need not be a monk to make a beer that tastes heavenly!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (15855) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
6th January 2013
Light haze on this amber beer, small off white head. Palate is light and semi soft with mild carbonation. Brett and a touch of water chesnuts. Mild creamy malt and bitter orange. Finishes semi dry with water chesnuts in the aftertaste. Overall a bit yeasty but fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (3173) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Reuben.
dark gold with yeast esters, some clove and bananas, not too hot or sweet, balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (3641) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2013
330ml bottle from The Wine Emporium. Big fluffy head of foam that collapses quickly to leave an even layer of foam. Vibrant honey orange colour. Aromas of tropical fruit, apricot, peach and nectarine. Lively and zingy in the mouth with a fruit finish and big alcohol kick. Nice.

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