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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Belgian Pale Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4596) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2014
This poured a hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma was of.Bourbon, hips, light funk. Flavor was tart spoiled barrel, hops, Belgian yeast. Weird but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (5726) - Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent pale burnt orange with eggshell lacing. Smells solid too; oak, bourbon, and Belgian yeast with a bit of hops in the background. Some vanilla as well. Tastes like it smells, but less balanced, and without the vanilla. Average (at best) on the palate with a slightly bitter mouthfeel. Smells significantly better than it tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1220) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Draft. Murky copper, with fairly pillowy slow fading head and lots of lacing. Not a big BBA IPA/pale ale proponent, but this one works ok. Nose of some wet wood, light vanilla sweetness, malt. Lots of oak in the taste, becoming astringent at times, on a malty core. Some red wine-like elements, maybe indicating some early infection or souring, but fine for now. If told this was barrel aged and to pick which kind, would say wine over bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2014
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a deeper amberish color with an off white head. Fruity, citrus, some woody and some earthiness. Bourbon very light if at all present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (737) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2014
On tap @ Beer Junction. Pours hazy orangish dark copper with thin lacy white head. Aroma is light sweet caramel malt, sharply tart notes, and a smooth boozy bourbon on the finish. Taste is clean sweet caramel malt, some dry floral Belgian spice notes, and mild sweet bourbon barrel flavors in the finish. Not a style I would typically seek out, but really refreshing and nice in its simplicity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4483) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2014
On draft. Clear golden amber pour, with a white head. Bready, citrus, hoppy, notes of banana, fruity esters, bourbon barrel, a bit of oak, and yeast. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Growler fill from brewery. Cloudy orange-amber pour. Slightly sweet aroma with hint of banana and wood. Initial malty flavor with a hint of fruit leaves behind a woody taste with bourbon-sweet overtones. Very nice blend of the flavors -- nothing particularly overwhelmes the others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (927) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Growler fill from brewery in Escondido ($18 for 64-ounce growler). Pours a hazy sunset orange-red hue with two fingers of fluffy off-white foam. AROMA of tart lemons, some tropical fruits, Belgian yeast, wet oak (vaguely brett-like), bready malts, and only a little bit of the bourbon. FLAVOR of semi-sweet bready malts, lemony hops, juicy citrus, and some boozy bourbon near the end. Finishes with a significant noticeable hop bite. Quite interesting with all the hop notes but with the bourbon still detectable. Might be better to let this sit for a while to mellow out the hops and (hopefully) bring out the bourbon notes a bit more. I liked it, but much prefer Allagash’s Curieux for a bourbon BA Belgian blonde. (1, 887)

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