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Rock Bottom Chicago Belgian Rye P.A.

Rock Bottom Chicago Belgian Rye P.A.
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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
The must try beer of winter! This Belgian strong pale ale was brewed with super aromatic yeast, spicy rye malt and enough Pacific Northwest hops to make your teeth hurt! Inspired by and brewed with local Belgian beer expect Jeff Sparrow and entered into the World Beer Cup in April!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Draft at RB - Chicago. Poured clear golden color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate fruity, yeast and toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium earthy rye sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met with a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
A golden IPA with a thin white head. A light fruity aroma of light floral hops and Brett. In mouth, a thin IPA with grassy hops, some funk from the Brett, a bit of epsom salts, not bad. On tap at Rockfest April 25 2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2009 (Draught) Pours a hazy yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of florals, grass, pine, rye, pineapple, and orange. Flavor of hops (orange, grapefruit, earth, grass), Belgian yeast, and light caramel malt with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9836) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2009
2009-09-26. Amber body, off white head and lace. Lovely aroma, floral/leafy hop blend, something interesting that I can not place but I like, light fruit touches. 7+ Flavour is similarly fruity, illegible with tart touches of apricot/citrus fruit, modest bitterness throughout. 7+ Smooth average palate. Different, I really enjoyed this one. On tap at Rock Bottom Chicago

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2009
Pale amber pour with a thin white head. The nose is quite citrusy and spicy with a lot of orange and grapefruit. Light spiciness along with a bit of resinous hoppiness. Orangey and a little bit chewy. Fresh and spicy with a unique combination of spice and fruit, somewhat like the saison, but more malt forward. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2009
[2503-20090926] Tap. Little sweaty orange rind citrus hops aroma with horse grains. Slightly hazy, pale amber orange body with a long-lasting creamy white head. More orange rind citrus hops in the flavour with mild resin. Medium body is a little bitter. Very drinkable, good.
(@ Rock Bottom; Chicago, IL)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Goblet at RB - Chicago. Poured translucent medium orange with a light dusting of white head.. sticky lacing as it descended. The aroma had a spiced-up blast of sweet oranges and pale malts upfront (orange zest and cat pee accents).. after the initial impression, the hops really take over.. odd, but aiight. The flavor had a dry middle of pale and lighter fruity malts.. very hoppy surroundings with oranges and perfumey notes paired with peppery yeast spiciness.. strange blend of distinctly Belgian yeast and very American hops.. long, spicy and bitter finish. Thick on the front of the palate with lower carbonation.. heavy middle with more bitterness and spices on the finish. This wasn’t bad, but it didn’t do it for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2009
GABF 2009, silver medal winner American-Belgo Style ale. Medium pale color. Dry hoppy aroma with Belgian yeastiness, Grassy hop bitterness with Belgian spiciness. Nice beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Sampled on tap at RockFest (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice golden haze, a nice thick bright white head dies to a sturdy film, laces ok. Aromas are fruity Belgian yeast and lively citrusy hops, florals, pine, malty pale malts, faint rye. Initial is pretty well hopped, pear and lemon, grapefruit, pale malts and a zesty belgian spice. Honey, lemon, vanilla. Nice. Good bitterness, mellow malt sweetness. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2008
YOWZA!!!!! The corporate cookbook caretakers at Rock Bottom headquarters sure came up with a heated, strong Belgian-styled ale with a big rye grain bill and loads of PNW hops this time around! Folk, you’ll appreciate it when this cookie-cutter recipe makes it to the Rock Bottom nearest you!

Or, you can drop by the Chicago Rock Bottom to try this tasty treat brewed up by brewmaster Pete Crowley and Jeff Sparrow.

As I stated before I started to make light of the foolhardy, this beer is hot, perhaps too openly displaying its strong ABV because of its youth. Nice pour, a slightly hazed amber body with gold around the edges topped by a lasting bubbly head. The aroma is full of pine and grapefruit hop scents... This is another Achouffe influenced brew... but that’s certainly not a bad thing for this hophead. The rest of the nose is filled with nasal hair... I mean, with juicy orchard fruit, toffee, and alcohol. My tongue was burnt by alcohol and hot white peppers. Then I drank some more of this ale, and it happened again!!!! The flavor is burning toffee, juicy fruit, light brown sugar, and a very sturdy PNW bitterness.... which gains points in my book. The finish has a light malty sweetness, a serious hop bitterness, and a sturdy alcohol burn. Thank goodness this was only a sixteen ounce goblet!

But seriously, Pete. How did you get Kevin Reed to allow you to be the first to brew this one?

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