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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Bela may sound like a sweet name, but she’s actually quite bitter. A beer style that does not technically exist, the addition of over 25 pounds of Czech Saaz hops in this small-batch beer results in high hop bitterness and quite obvious Noble hop aroma and flavor. It is also a high alcohol beer with a nice warming effect, medium-body and some malty residual sweetness to remind you that Bela might still have a sweet side after all.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Golden to amber pour. Strong fruity c-hop nose, with some tropical fruits and bubble gum esters. In the mouth the beer cascades trough a series of fruit followed by a bitterness that balances the flavor. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3239) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2015
500 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, lime, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, spicy oak, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright earthy/spicy hops, oak, and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, spicy oak, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Good amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, cracker, bread, light honey, pepper, spicy oak, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness and balance of bright earthy/spicy hops, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly clean on lager flavors with some light yeast ester notes present. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial pilsner style. All around good robustness and balance of bright earthy/spicy hops, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the high ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
crossovert (8911) - Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2015
Draft. As a flight pour at green lady. This beer sells at 10+ for a 500ml and 9$ an 8oz on draft. THAT IS FUCKING RIDICULOUS, these guys can’t even hold a candle to any German brewery anyways in the style category. WHY EVEN DO THIS? WHAT IS THE FUCKING POINT? 1. Stop making lagers, 2. stop charging so fucking much. Idiots. The beer is okay, in an anomaly style it isn’t bad but just for the idiocy of the idiots it gets a lower score.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8499) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2015 Bottle. Clear amber with a fine white head, some retention. Oak and alcohol and hops in the nose manifest as herbal juniper and bitters. Malt is seedy, honey-ish and spelt-like, hops resemble lemon cleaner and berries. Full bodied, medium sweetness with lingering chewy malt sugar in a flabby and fatiguing finish. A tad hot / boozy, cloying and rich, and sharp and acidic as well, so it actually resembles Malt Liquor more than it resembles a kind of bottom-fermented Double IPA. Great $10 drain pour, guys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8522) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, clear yellow pour with white head, aroma brought biscuit, bread, honey and vanilla up front into a bit of slight grass, touch of floral notes as well. Taste was malt forward with biscuit, cracker, some cereal into some vanilla, honey into a bit of grass, floral, and herbal notes, finishing sweet, slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csaso (1617) - Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Tap - big foamy head, medium gold color, big Noble hop/citrus aroma and flavor, mild malt backbone, smooth finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kseecs16 (1210) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Draught. Pours a deep orange hued amber with a moderate soapy head. Some spicy rich notes. Potently bitter with a big grassy finish. Full bodied with a dry lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpreo (1984) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2010
It was good, but not what I was hoping for. It was a golden color beer, though I had hoped for a deep black.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11380) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2010
on tap-pours a white head and cloudy yellow color. Aroma is soft medium fruit, light/medium malt, wood, brett yeast. Taste is sweet light malt, soft medium fruit, wood, brett yeast, earthy/spice hops bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2010
[Tap] Pours a dark shade of yellow with a nice cap of foam head. Light malts, grains, and a spicy hop nose to it. The flavor was more bland, unfortunately. Moderately bitter, with grapefruit and pine. Besides that a combination of light malts and lingering alcohol burn didn’t sit well with me. Syrupy, with average carbonation. Honestly, I really wasn’t sure in which direction this beer was trying to go.

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