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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8345) - 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 (7045) - 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 (1537) - 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 (1209) - 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 (1837) - 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 (11310) - 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 (2857) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6053) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
On tap at the brewpub (Bloomington, IL). Pours a brighter golden hazed hue, decent whitish head dies to a sturdy film, laces ok. Aromas are pilsner malts, a touch of honey sweetness, grassy floral hops come in, a touch of lemon. Initial is medium bodied, a good soapiness, cereal grains, a touch of sweeter honey with a moderate bitterness of lemon and grass, weeds, a touch of spice pairs well with a warming boozy finish, dry and bitter, the sweetness from the more hefty malt body holds on though. Not bad, a more drinkable imerpail pils, warm and lingering bitter lightly mellow sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Draft at DeStihl. This isn’t the correct abv, should be 9%. Anyway, pours a hazy yellow. Nose is very noble and spicy. pils malt as well. On taste, nice round body and big hop character, though soft. Very drinkable and dangerous. Nice.

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