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Black Diamond Free Style Belgian Blonde



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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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In developing this Belgian-style Pale Ale we could not arrive at a single yeast strain that conveyed the flavors we wanted. We were striving for some Belgian funkiness without being too funky. At last our mad Brewmaster Derek decided to brew the beer in two batches with two yeast strains and blend them post fermentation. Voilà, he had nailed it.The rye malt adds subtle spicy malt tones, aromatic for breadiness/ maltiness, and the Cara20 for sweetness and color. Sterling hops are derived from Saaz and Cascade hops and have a spiciness with subtle orange/ grapefruit tones. Liberty hops have a German Noble hop flavor and aroma (earthy, spearmint-like). The first yeast gives it a nice clean flavor with subtle aromas of pear/apple and honey, but not much Belgian character. The second yeast emphasizes the Belgian character, with more spiciness from the phenols. They are fermented separately to ensure consistent amounts of yeast cultures in subsequent brews, and then blended during filtration.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daniele (6056) - ITALY - JAN 22, 2015
bottle leggermente ambrata schiuma media discreta persistenza lievito speziato lieve cotto nota erbacea discreta secchezza luppolatura contenuta un po ossidata forse

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
12oz bottle - Aroma - floral hop note, touch of citrus/orange peel, and white sugar Appearance - clear golden body, sturdy 2-finger head, above average retention, lacing was lacking a bit Mouthfeel - light-medium carbonation, medium bodied, a little thicker than what I expected Flavor - clean flavor profile, light malt flavor, light herbal/floral hop if you look for it and finishes on the dry side. Overall - highly quaffable. The 6-pack didn’t stand a chance. Really nice price too.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"boooooo.... sorry. fell asleep just thinking about it. boring beer, nothing horrible, but definitely not good. next to "the LIbrary" in Laramie, this may be the most boring microbrewery. Pale, fairly flavorless, lacking distinct aroma. You get the picture..."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bkurtz (920) - PERU - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle - Pours a golden with a smallish head. Yeasty, slightly sweet aroma. The taste is muddled with some spice. Not si good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beastiefan2k (2693) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2014
12oz bottle - La Trappe mini goblet - Total Wine in Bellevue - ~$1.79

Pop the cap and beer slowly foams up the neck. As expected an overly carbonated head forms in the beer. A clear golden body otherwise. Aroma is poor ester management with very slick yet astringent bubblegum. Some thin banana as well. Flavor is similar as well. Lots of astringent esters. Really a sad attempt at the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6177) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber color with ivory head. Bready, dusty pale malt aromas with mild dry spices. Medium bodied. Bready, toasted pale malt flavors with mild earthy hoppage, and mild dry spice, straw---decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
subsonic (82) - Pataskala, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
"pours copper in color with nominal white head which disappears quickly and some faint lacing. The aroma has the belgian yeast playing a big role here, some very faint citrus and pear, slight sweet malt character, lots of spice from the yeast. The taste follows the aroma for the most part, yeast notes almost too much, which overpowers malt and hop characters, more sweet malt on the finish with some lemon zest on the mid palate, spice and pear notes are very forward. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little over carbonated."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nealblind (972) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Clear orange pour big head. Aroma peppery funk. Taste is spicy rye grains meet banana belgian yeast. Aroma hops flavor slight bitter. Slight sticky yet watery palate. Lighter carb. More sessionable than most belgians due to pilsner characteristics/less yeastiness. Well balanced. The rye and saison funk flavor keeps me coming back.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2013
14K gold in color with a modest yet lasting head. Light in aroma although I do detect some dusty green herbs entwined with the caramel. Medium nectar with good carbonation. Decent flavor, mostly rich caramel with nice bittering on the finish. Very drinkable in this hot weather.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (7788) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2013
12oz bottle, from Jungle Jim’s in Eastgate. Almost entirely hazy orange color. Thin, kind of bubbly off-white head. Few bits of lace. Kind of crisp carbonation. Medium body. Orange, citrusy, kind of lightly hoppy flavor. Light spice. Moderate bitter taste, above average for the style, light on the sweet. Light zesty. Just a light bit of spicy bite. Definitely a more assertive, hoppy blonde. Finishes dry. Not much belgian yeast character to this, drinks more like an American golden ale. Better than expected, though.

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