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Rock Bottom Chicago Blitzen Ale

Rock Bottom Chicago Blitzen Ale
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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
It’s back! St. Nick may be done for the season but Blitzen is just getting started. This high alcohol Belgian style is brewed with amber candy sugar, orange peel, loads of malt and special Belgian yeast to create a complex, exciting and wonderfully aromatic brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3548) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2014 Flute goblet at the brewpub. Clear slick golden color. Aroma is sweet candy sugar, sweet and thick just like the traditional American tripel. A bit if a vegetal honey character that forms from cloying tripels. Flavor is less cloying helped out bt a nice carbonation. Thus none of that vegetal honey character. Thicker mouthful. Potent stuff. I am fine with sweeter tripels, so I can do this.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2008
On tap at Rock Bottom Chicago (obviously). Pours a clear, light brown. Little head. Light yeasty aroma, hinting of sweetness to come. Which it does. Sweetness upfront, yeastiness, with some light spice throughout. Full bodied. A bit too sweet overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2008
draft at the place. they’re putting this out currently under the name ’belgian strong pale ale.’ headless, served slightly warmer than cooler temp, which was nice. smelled of belgian esters and malts. tasted similar. mayb have been a tad too sweet, but hat’s how you get that 10.5 without even noticing the alcohol. pretty good, i’d definitely have it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
In short: Tasty and sharp Belgian Strong Ale.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear golden body with a long-lasting off-white head.
In long: Quite a bit of honey flavour in this beer. Full sticky body. Carbonation was appropriately a bit more lively carbonation than most of their other beers. Lots of dry and citric hops in the finish. Some orange peels. Light acidity. Overall pretty sharp and almost aggressive. Probably the best beer I had at this brewpub. Nothing great but it made me glad I visited the pub, it wasn’t the first time I hit Rock Bottom, the first time was when my girlfriend dumped me, I lost my job and I was doing little tricks in a dark alley to get some food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Fairly good belgian ale. Alcohol is hidden mainly by lots of sweet flavors. I tend to prefer the dry belgians but this is still pretty good. Comparable to Three Floyds Alpha Kong IMO, taste wise at least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2008
On tap at Rock Fest ’08. Golden yellow haze, with some fluffy head. Bubbly taste of yeast, spice and citrus. A typical tasting Belgian with good balance. Alcohol not noticable at 10.5%. good overall beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Pour is deep golden with a thin white head...flower petals, lavender, vanilla nose...taste is sweet and perfumey with lavender, vanilla, and yeast...tsticky sweet finish...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Golden pour with frothy white head. The alcohol is pretty forward, and is the predominating component in the nose. Very sweet, almost cloying, and hot from the booze. The Belgian spices are evident but in the background, mainly in the slight citrusy notes and touches of fruity yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2008
pours light amber, slight bubbly head. i caught a whiff of banana in the nose, along with some grains and alcohol. spicy banana and alcohol in the flavor. finishes bubbly sweet.

tasted at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/brewers/rock-bottom-c Rock Bottom Chicago before the First Annual ROCKFEST

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Draft @ the bp. Too sweet w/ too much banana flavors for a strong ale. More like an imperial hefeweizen.

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