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Hilliardís E.xtra S.pecial B.elgian

Hilliardís E.xtra S.pecial B.elgian
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Originally as a one-off batch, we soon realized weíd have to make more and its become a year-round draft beer for us. We start it as a typical Extra Special Bitter (ESB), but ferment it with our Saison yeast. From the nose, youíd expect it to finish up wett like many dark Belgian ales, but instead itstays dry and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maxwelldeux (4102) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Draught at a beer festival. Pours a hazy brown color. Nose is slightly grassy and has a bit of the typical Belgian yeast to it. Taste is slightly sweet, but unremarkable. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2014
Draught at Portland Craft, Vancouver
Light amber color, hazy, with frothy head. Aroma of phenol, glue. Dry mouthfeel; the flavor is very chemical. Some honey.
Quite bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (8550) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
On tap at Hilliardís, pours a dark copper with a small beige head. Aroma of Belgian yeast above anything, with no English notes. Flavour brings out dirty Belgian yeast and earthy notes. Pretty solid beer, a la a saison more than an ESB. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5330) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Tap, brewery. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a minimal white head that fell to a thin ring. The nose is dark malt with a slight Belgian yeastiness. Rather sweet smelling with some dark fruits. The flavor is pretty sweet with a bit of a slight chemical note, light citrusy hops, and a bit of yeastiness. Lingering citrusy hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little clingy with some sticky caramel malt. A bit of a made up style perhaps, but not a stellar example compared to the few others Iíve had. A little trying to consume a whole pint of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4186) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Tap... Poured a rusty, dark reddish color with a thin head. Nose had yeast spices, cloves, Belgain beer characters. Nice mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Some malt sweetness up front with dark sugars and caramel maybe. Dried out towards the end with notes of yeast spices and such.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2012
On draft at the brewery. Unfiltered brown color. Nice fruity aroma from the Belgian yeast. Flavor is fruity and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Hazed, murky orange/brown, frothy head. Aroma of toasted malts, Belgian yeast. Taste is nice, sweet malt, definite Belgian yeast but not overpowering. I wasnít sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6527) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2012
Draft at special brews. Pours a murky dark brown with a dense and fizzy tan head. Big barnyard nose. Surprisingly leathery and funky. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Caramel, molasses, and barnyard on the mid palate, fading into a minerally dry finish.

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