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New Belgium / Three Floyds Lips Of Faith - Grätzer Ale

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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
It’s not dead, but Gratzer is definitely a long-buried style from Poland. And together with 3Floyds we have unearthed the best of beer zombies. Full of bold flavors from oak-smoked wheat, and along with Midnight Wheat, this beer presents a pure black pour. A subtle, spicy note from the Polish Lublin hops hides in the aroma, just below the dark and smoky surface. Despite all appearances, the Gratzer is very drinkable at 4.5% ABV, and walks itself with a nice, light body. Cheers to drinking smoky, undead beers. Prost!

Hops
Target, Polish Lublin

Malts
Pale, Midnight Wheat, Oak-Smoked Wheat

Special Processing
Add a small amount of Lacto (souring bacteria) to a portion of the overall wort, which produces lactic acid that gives a characteristic aroma and sourness. That acidic portion is then added to other portion of the wort that was fermented with the German Ale yeast.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (1125) - CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
Appearance: opaque black with brown margins, two fingers of fluffy light beige head, good retention and patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: ashy, dark roasty malt, earthy. (7/10) Taste: low sweet, mild bitter, mild tart. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, lively carbonation, crisp slightly smoky and tart finish. (4/5) I went into this knowing full well it was nearly a year past its best-by, but I was both curious about the style, and hopeful that as essentially a smoked sour, it would actually have an extended shelf life. It did not disappoint. Despite its intimidating colour, it’s light-bodied, easy-drinking, and mildly tart. Someone unfamiliar with smoked beers might find the smokiness odd or intrusive, but I find it mild and pleasant. The lively carbonation and lactic tartness prevent the smoke from becoming mouth-coating, and the low sweetness works well. The low ABV and tart finish make this pretty sessionable. Really quite an interesting beer, and worth picking up even as far past its best-by as this was. (15/20)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1257) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2016
22 oz bomber. Pours a very dark mahogany brown and nearly black in color and crowned by a thick layer of tan colored foam that shows good retention and leaves steaks of lace around the glass. The aroma has a very rich smokeiness to it that permeates throughout along with notes of dark cocoa, earthy roast, toasted nuts and a malt base of toasted grains, smoked wheat, and caramel. The dark malts and cocoa all support the smoky notes. The flavor follows with the smokey dark malts, burnt grains, earthy roast, and some dark cocoa to add balance. There is some tartness that starts to come through and adds depth to the roasty, bitter, and smokey flavors. Medium bodied and quite dry with balanced carbonation that leads to a slightly tart and smokey finish. The roasted malts and earthy flavors add a real richness to go with the smoke character throughout. Very interesting take on the style, but not something I could drink a whole lot of.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnurda (1222) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottled sample from Happy Harrys. Way past the drink by date so was a bit worried, but the beer was fantastic. Just enough sourness. Would have this again for sure

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Block (1916) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2016
This beer is kind of wild. A very dark pour with a surprisingly light body and flavor. A little bit of spice, some hops. Very well balanced. Lots of smoke.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mambossa (215) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Enjoy by May 2015. Oops. Black pour, khaki head. Light stucco-pattern lacing. Smokey dark malt nose, little bit of green apple with a swirl. Flavor of, again, smokey malt, gentle fruity tartness, low ABV cleanliness. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cheap (4881) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Tap bocktown. Could not have been as stated from bocktown. Said this beer was a darker black beer, not as pictured unless bottle is empty. Big & black fer sure. Yes, taste is somewhat like a Schwartz. black on black. Mild and easy, found this to a really acceptable brew. Its like a really mild stout or porter, almost like a darker American lager, yummy. Quite enjoyable and I care about saying so. This is certainly much better than expected, fer sure. I’ll have another please. Good black combo dudes. Enjoyed it!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (3073) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Deliciously complex beer. Aroma was good. Malty and toasty. Pour was black with a pillowy 2 finger tan head. Tastes was complex. Roasted ash, dark malts and hints of smoke with a slight rye toast finish. Very nice beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7501) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2015
(Draught at Craft & Draft, Amsterdam, 29 Aug 2015) Black colour with creamy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of chocolate, dark bread, light smoke and coffee. Malty, roasted taste with coffee, dark chocolate, black rye bread and a finish with a light bitterness and a gentle sourness. Medium body, quite dry. Quite odd, didn’t expect a black Grätzer. But it’s really drinkable and refreshing, with a well balanced flavour. Nice one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nocturne (1462) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2015
650ml bottle. Pours out near black with a finger of tan head. Aroma is smoky, blackberry fruity. Taste is roast, cola, chocolate, blackberry. Sourness is fairly low. Carbonation medium to high. Not nearly as weird as I expected it to be, but then not quite as good as I hoped either.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (7397) - Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a very cloudy brown with foamy light beige head. Smells malty and smokey with notes of chocolate alongside a bit of tartness and a touch of toast. Tastes like it smells with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Solid beer.


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