Rock Bottom Chicago Blitzen Ale
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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9766) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Draught at Rock Bottom Chicago. Pours hazy amber with a small frothy white mostly diminishing head, fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (straw, cereal), average hops (flowers, grass), average yeast (sweat, earth) with notes of alcohol, banana, butter and coriander. Full bodied, creamy texture, flat carbonation and a chalky finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness; salty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Draft in a goblet at RB Chicago. Poured a medium dull golden/orange with not much more than a film of beige head. Nose was quite sweet, with bananas, light fruits, and some clove spiciness. Rather seductive flavor profile, just barely keeping the sweetness shy of cloying level... bananas and other light fruits on top, with a little bubblegum and a solid alcohol presence. Medium-bodied, leaving a lot of residual sweetness and cloves at the finish. Very nice brew that really packed a punch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6075) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5504) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 A striking looking drink in its goblet, golden orange with a lofty, creamy head. The aroma is quite sweet, very fruity - orange, banana, cherry - with spices and alcohol. The fruits are there in the taste, along with cloves and a peppery spiciness. And alcohol. This finishes on a sticky, swweet alcoholic note. A friendly, warming Belgian strong ale.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4230) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3879) - 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 (3318) - 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 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2810) - 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.

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