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Empyrean Winter Axis FestivíAle



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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 2.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A different spin on a traditional Belgian Abby Ale. Deep gold in color with the aroma of fresh biscuits and ripe fruit, tart in the middle with a crisp, herbal finish. Brewed stong enough to stand up to winterís chill.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RobertDale (4414) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 29, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark golden orange with a decent beige head. Aroma of fruit, spice, and yeast. Taste is citrus, fruit, spice, malt, and yeast. Interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
HuskerTan (1032) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle. A- Grains, corn, grassy. A- Pale orange color, hazy liquid, off white head. T- Spices, grains, unbalanced. P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, unbalanced finish. O- I hope there was something wrong with the bottle I had otherwise this was just plain awful. Lots of spice and unbalanced on the palate and just nothing good to say about it. Like a pale lager with a random mix of spices and herbs thrown in.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (9261) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle. Honey and barley malt aroma. Golden yellow with moderate head. Sweet barley malt and moderately bitter grass flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (8737) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Pour on tap at Happy Gnome, dark reddish pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of slight orange peel, cinnamon, clove, hints of caramel, toffee in there as well, kind of flabby with some acidic notes as well. Taste was a mix of slight acid, caramel, toffee, some fruity, sweet notes with some cinnamon, clove, finishing fairly sweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DBob5150 (212) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Cloudy orange body, with a medium white head and nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, spice and nutmeg. Taste is doughy, with hints of orange peel with a bitter aftertaste. Nothing Iíd seek out again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Patrickctenchi (5078) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Bottle: Pours dark gold with a small, off-white head. Fruit, bread, yeast aroma. Taste is woody, bitter fruit, malt. Herbal hop bittering. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3899) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Hazy yellow. Whatís winter about this? Drinkable but very plain. (on tap at Winter Beer Dabbler, January 2014).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
commonmac (724) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Pint glass poured from the tap at Happy Gnome. A beautiful pour with two fingers of head. Color is really counterintuitive...much lighter golden than expected from a winter Belgian red ale. Taste is really all over the place. Kind of hoppy. Kind of sweet. Kind of off. Comparing it to abstract at seems applicable. Based on other reviews, I think this one gets a bad rap. By no means a beer Iíd seek out again but there are definitely worse options especially considering it comes from Nebraska.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbuskirk (811) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 6, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2015 An odd beer, for sure. The dark amber color doesnít hint at Belgian style flavors. Yet, thatís what this beer has to offer. Thereís Belgian yeast, spicy, fruity hops, and a bit of smokiness in the taste profile. Suffice it to say, this beer isnít for everyone. Yet, itís a decent seasonal offering from Empyrean. Iím not sure Iíd have another but I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
racecarr98 (35) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2013
This is a nice winter beer that leaves you feeling warm. It produces a very nice head and finishes with a slight aftertaste that isnít bad.

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