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 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 Orange with a white head. Aroma was almost identical to bubble yum original bubble gum. The taste was RIDICULOUSLY sweet, almost like pure sugar. I felt like I was drinking the liquid form of bubble gum before it hardens. Nasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Pours hazy golden with a white head. Immediately the aroma smacks the nasal palate, VERY estery- lots of bananas and cloves. Flavor is a bit strong for my liking. There are just too many esters- they completely overwhelm any hop or malt flavors that could be present. Decent beer. VERY flavorful, VERY unbalanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 8, 2005
served in a huge, thick, glass goblet and at just the right cool temp. described by the bartender as a 12% belgian strong ale. and this is delicious. my friend noted that it reminds him of a tamed The Beast. in an odd sense i thought of it as a heavily doctored wheat because of some banana and spiciness. it’s also sweet and full (i didn’t think this was thin at all) but not cloying and chewy, cremey palate, and just filled with alcohol. this stuff got me silly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 Draught, 2005 version: clear brown amber, thin (though retentive) white head. Grainy, malt aroma with a nice alcohol effervescence that blends and swirls inside my nose with the soft yeast component. Interesting caramel-nut flavour with a lingering sweetness of Belgian candy sugar, not quite as good as last year’s…7/4/7/3/15
Draught, 2004 version: orange golden body below a patchy, small bubbled head. Orange zest aroma with a good bit of limes, pineapple and other strong citrus notes. Body was a bit thin, with only light carbonation. Moist fruit throughout with a hoppy bitterness that hides much of the strong alcohol. Light peppery finish, nice…8/4/8/3/16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Amber body with a thin, persistent head. Strong, fruity aroma of orange, pineapple, mango, caramel, moist biscuits, alcohol and a bit of hop character. A moderate body which quickly come and then gone. Fruity flavors dominate early in the profile before being joined by strong spice and a bit of hops. Pleasant enough flavors with perhaps a bit too much hops for my liking. A pretty good Belgian, all told.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2004 Draft This was listed here as a Stong Belgian Ale, which it does taste closer to than the tripel the rating for San Jose described. A nice reddish brown under a thin head with very little lace. A spicy note is very noticeable, though the exact spice is hard to tell. At least some orange peel and coriander, but I do Not notice any banana. Nice honey taste to it, too. The server said he thought it was too strong for him, but I only felt a slight alcohol warming. A slightly cloying, but pleasant stickiness left behind. I wonder if each brewmaster is using their own recipe.
Additional note:Re-tasted on Feb. 19, and got more of the 'nana taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Head Brewer Pete Crowley kindly let me sample this delicious treat that he cooked up in his experimental kitchen recently. It's immense yeastiness and flavor have resulted in a dangerous situation: you can't taste the 10% alcohol at all! Otherwise, this is essentially just like a Belgian Strong Ale except that I feel the richness and yeast aromas are superior. All in all, an excellent effort!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2002
This had decent flavor. Not the best Belgian, but the best beer in Rock Bottom that evening. I believe that this was either a seasonal or even a one time offering of the the belgian at Rock Bottom. Did anyone else try it?

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