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Crazy Mountain Old Soul Belgian Strong Ale

Crazy Mountain Old Soul Belgian Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Our version of a Belgian Strong Golden Ale. A healthy amount of wheat gives this beer a very smooth mouthfeel that is accompanied by a fruity yeast character. Dark Belgian Candy is added to the boil which contributes to this beer’s light body and complex flavor. European hops team up with Juniper berries added late in the boil to offer a soft, subtle spiciness.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HIGHB4LL (835) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Bomber from Cash Wise in Williston. Appearance: slight film of white head, straw-gold color, clear, no lacing. Aroma: wheat, fruity yeast, light grassy hops, juniper slightly detectable on the exhale. Palate: flat carbonation, medium to light body, mostly thin texture with light stickiness. Taste: sweet fruity Belgian yeast with caramel into grassy and floral light bitterness, light alcohol on the back end, then an ultimate and surprising finish of grassy hops. Overall, too flat, poor palate, not very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4166) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 21, 2015
12 oz. can. Hazy golden with a disappearing head. Nose is a mix of banana bread, cheesy grape must, clove, evergreen resin and walnut. Taste is sourish citrus, funky molded bread and clove. Finish has a pleasant blend of resin, citrus zest and gummy wheat. Light-medium body has a nice balance and a low medium carbonation. Easy drinking brew gets an overall bonus point for its somewhat experimental reach. Seems like it could be a really great beer if re-examined and fine tuned just a notch.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2098) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 20, 2015
Can from someplace in Middlebury. Gold with slight haze lasting white ring and lace. Sweet candy sugar aroma with spicy hop and a hint of bubblegum. Appropriately heavy on the sweetness with refreshing wheaty tang and pretty good balancing spicy hop dry bitter finish. Really a pretty good Duvel style beer. Medium body, low for abv, Hmm...this one’s an unexpected pleasure. Almost gone.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rumproasts (4134) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
bottle. Golden with one finger head. Dry Belgian ale lacking much flavor. Some alcohol warmth. Rather underwhelming.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (19334) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2015
Can. Pours a hazy golden pale orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty aroma. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK (4969) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Advertised at the festival as "Vail Valley Old Soul." Belgian strong, lightly sweet flavor, sugar, too sweet really. Alcohol seems a little low for the style, gold colored beer. ok.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigtaster (797) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2015
From can into snifter, opaque yellow with orange hues, smaller white head diminishing to nothing. Nose has light fruity esters with banana, clove, biscuit. Light body, tingling carbonation, easy going down with a quick finish. Some metallic flavors in the finish, with some initial sweetness with light fruits and biscuit, some lemon. Seems a little off, flat, cardboard flavors.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mybrainhurts (375) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Aroma of fruits and yeast. Flavors of ripe apples, bananas and cloves. Malty, boozy finish. Has a slight malt liquor quality which isn’t overly appealing. Once for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
firstsip (681) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Tap. Billed as Belgian pale where we were? Opaque-ish gold. Scattered lace. Boozey nose. Tastes of mild dry hopping with a tinge of sweetness, more from alcohol than Belgian quality.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (3406) - Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2014
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep golden color with a small foamy white head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, juniper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop/spice notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, juniper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, juniper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop/spice flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid Belgian strong pale ale. Nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop/spice flavors; and fairly smooth and crisp to sip on. Definitely needed much more carbonation, but it was pleasant and fairly enjoyable as it was.


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