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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Draught at Brewpub. Orange with thin, long lasting white head. Fruit, spice and yeast. You can definitely tell this has some alcohol, but for 10.5% it is well hidden. I would order this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2008
On tap, pours an opaque gold with small white head. The aroma is of heavy fruit and bubblegum. The flavor has a decent amount of spice to it and it is very sweet. I thought it was well balanced and seemed to hide the fact that is was a 10% beer, but it seems like not too many people agree with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixinnixon2000 (226) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2008
draft. Orland park rock bottom. this is a powerful ale. one of the most flavorful I have ever had. lots of different fruits

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Draught at the brewpub, served in a very heavy goblet. Pours gold with tight ivory head. The aroma is banana and lemon, faint clove, maybe corriander, and a little bit of malty sweetness. The banana flavor hits first, then zest and a very honey-like malt. It gets a little spicier in the middle and finishes warm with some spicy hops. The aftertaste is very sweet. In fact, the whole thing is pretty sweet, and gets a little bit cloying. It’s a decent brew, but a chore to finish the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NachlamSie (3297) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Draught during my Dark Lord expedition. Pours a bright orange/red with a quaint head. This is surprisingly see-through for the style. The nose is hearty and sweet with loads of yeasty notes. Very sweet smelling, but not too bad with notes of banana and cloves. The mouthfeel is medium heavy and the first thing I notice when taking a sip is that this is much more sugary than the aroma would let on. Cloves abound in the flavor with notes of rye and a light floral touch and a finish akin to bread pudding. As I reach the bottom of the goblet, the sweetness becomes heavy and overbearing. This would be much more enjoyable to me if the rock candy flavor were toned down a notch. I’d also say the pint-sized serving is a bit much for something this sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2007
Big bubblegum, light vinegar and fruit aroma. Oaky gold. Clear. medium sweet, boozy, woody, lots of yeast character. Medium light body. Edgy alcohol finish. Warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6029) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2007
Draft. Amber pour. Small white head. Nose is candyish and spicy. Sweet but peppery. The spice ends up dominating, however. Taste is sweet malts, cake, candy sugar, spices, orange peel, yeast and an almost gingerbread man like flavor. Very Christmasy. Body is thick and full. Sticky with low carbonation. Finishes with more spices, candyish notes, and yeast notes. Little too spicy for my personal preferences but still a decent Christmas beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2007
on tap. poured a golden yellow with almost no head. nose wasn’t much but some cloves, mint, tons of belgian candy sugar, and soft hints of caramel. flavor is really sweet but subtle hints of caramel, cloves, and orange and other fruits round it out. still pretty boozy and sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
alexanderj (3542) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Chicago RB. Aroma was a good combination of cloves, banana, and bubblegum. Pretty good flavor, but maybe the alcohol could have been hidden better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 Draft. The aroma was of alcohol and bananas. Reminded me of the ommegang belgian strong ale. Good flavor, but the alcohol seemed to separate and rest at the bottom of the glass (making that part taste much stronger of alcohol).

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