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Big Sky All Souls Ale 2011



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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
For centuries, shepherds have been hoisting a pint during the chilly Christmas season to warm their bones and wish for "Peace on Earth, good will toward men!" Not just for a select few, but all everyone. All Souls. This beer is our salute to that sentiment. Its syle is Saison - a golden fruity "seasonal" for the working man. Its strength is imperial - an 11% wonder, fit for a King! And all profits go to Imagine Missoula. A grassroots nonprofit meeting real needs here in Missoula. Lean how you can get involved at ImagineMissoula.org. (limited release of 1200 bottles)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
[4742-20120818] 1pt9.3 bottle. Malty whiskey sweet oak aroma. Clear, amber brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Boozy sweet roasted malt flavour. Full boozy body. Interesting. (6/3/7/3/13) 3.2
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 19, 2012
750mL at Campdown Brewdown. Large, off white, rocky foam on clear ruby. Great lace. Celery and tomato nose. Taste is super boozy and sweet. Hot. Wet mushroom and mold on the nose. Finish is all white alcohol. Ick.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2012 Draft at brouwers with Linh and Nhi. Pours a clear amber with light white lacing. Aroma is sweet Malta and sugar. Mouthfeel is thin with notes of booze, sweet malts and perfume. Ah!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gramity (1601) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 22, 2012
Bottle thanks to Kyle. Pours the color of rust with off white head. Nose/taste of orange rind, spicy hops, yeast, honey, dark fruits and black licorice. Moderate mouthfeel and full body. The alcohol was initially apparent but after a few swigs was quite well masked. I had it on an empty stomach after work and was feeling loopy after a full glass. I’m okay with that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Alcohol hot but it is still pretty young. Get some raisins and a bit of sherry. I think this needs more time in the cellar and I think it might age pretty nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Vir4030 (598) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Pours a darker amber with a thick head at lady Gregory’s. Nice alcohol aroma and almost a vodka flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smaynard6000 (975) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2012
On tap at O’Niell’s. Dark red in color with average-sized white head. Clear in body. Aroma is malty, caramel and molasses. Hints of alcohol in the aroma as well. Flavor is overwhelmingly sweet with more subtle notes of belgian yeast and some warmth from the alcohol. Full bodied with creamy mouthfeel and sweet finish. This was good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jstraw (1962) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Draft at Jerry’s. Amber with big, foamy, off-white head / Light, earthy nose of spice, grain, and medicine / Medium body, creamy with soft carbonation, especially astringent with a hint of sweetness, and very bitter, somewhat hot finish / Dry, mild flavors of grain, cardboard, spun sugar, and what tastes like rye spice / Somethings not quite right with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 30, 2012
On draught at o’Neill’s beer dinner. Pours a deep copper color with lasting white head. Mild Belgian yeast aromas. Medium body. Interesting blend of dark malts and complex yeast flavors. Underlying dry malty flavor. Nice full mouthfeel. A lot of flavors working.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2012
In short: An overly sweet fruity blonde ale. Meh
How: Bottle 750ml. Bottle #975. Consumed almost 1 year after the beer release (I’m assuming it was only brewed once). Bottle sent to me by Savvy1982, not your fault Kyle!
The look: Cloudy peach color body topped by a persistent creamy white head
In long: Nose is sweet apples, some phenols, dry grass, dust. Taste is sickeningly sweet, uber-sweet canned fruits (pears, peaches, etc) along with the juice they swim in, sweetened orange peels, some booze, refined white sugar. There seems to be something fun and maybe rustic happening with the yeast but the sweetness overwhelms everything. While attempting to drink this bottle I took a sip from the glass of the regular La Chouffe my wife was drinking and La Chouffe felt bone dry (and La Chouffe is really not bone dry). Just when you think that McDonald’s and country music were the worst creations in American history, someone decides to make a disgustingly sweet boozy 11% Saison and someone else record a Christmas country songs album.

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