Blue & Gray Bormans Belgian Ale

RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 2.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Borman’s Belgian Ale - The bang from this fine Belgian-style blonde ale comes from the strong Belgian ale yeast. It contributes spice and pepper notes, resulting in a crisp, clean, refreshing blonde beer with a rich and surprising flavor. Extended cold aging provides a superior smoothness. Light the fuse!

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FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2013 Sampled on draft at the brewpub this beer poured a murky peach color with a large foamy white head that left minimal lacing. The aroma was sweet sugar, tangy apricot, peach and pepper. The flavor was sweet sugar, bread, apricot, peach, candied dark fruits and hints of bread, pepper and shoe leather. Medium length candied fruit, bread and shoe leather finish. Moderately full bodied. Interesting.

climberbob (497) - Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2012
750 ml bottle. Looked like it had some rust around the cap? or perhaps dirt? In any event, pale golden beer with minimal to no head. Hints of sweetness, but also a bit of the peppery bite advertised. It falls flat as an imitation Belgian blond though. I think better than some of the other reviewers seemed to think, but nothing amazing.

RABinCO (1707) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2012
This beer was offensively bad. Smelled like wet dog when I poured it, tasted like moldy bread when I drank it. Looks more like a hefeweizen and almost tastes like the y ried to mix these two styles and it ended very poorly.

MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
(Sample Date: 3/19/2011 Source:Capital Ale House - Innsbrook) Pint at the brewery. Fruity spicy with sweet grain notes. Spicy yeast character. Medium golden with small white head. Flavor similar to aroma with lots of peppery yeast character. Medium to full body, sweet, with perceptible alcohol and a touch of hot phenolics.

Velkyal (322) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2011
pours a rich gold topped with a foamy white head. Aromas of fruit, specifically pineapple, and juicy fruit chewing gum dominate, with maybe some musty barnyard thrown in. Very malty taste, freshly baked bread, Smooth body, nicely integrated alcohol. Interesting but not my thing generally.

BeerandBlues2 (13823) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Tap. Pours hazy gold with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, straw), light hops (floral), and average esters (fruity, banana) with faint bubble gum notes. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, straw), light hops (floral), and average esters (fruity, apple/pear, banana) with notes of alcohol, bubble gum, clove, and ginger. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, and low creaminess with a dry finish.

ectuohy27 (1248) - ESTONIA - OCT 30, 2010
Ugh, another "Belgian" ale from the Commonwealth that...tastes like a (dull) American Pale. Some pepper notes here, but coriander/clove/other spices are absent or blown out of the water by the hoppiness. Bitter, astringent, and not terribly strong either. Another mighty VA disappointment

strap (966) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2010
damn near awful. pours the color of piss. too sweet. worst i’ve had at blue and gray.

maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2009
On tap at the brewery on 02/28/2009. Hazy golden body with a large frothy off-white haed. Sweet banana, clove, spice, and fruit aroma. Sweet fruity flavor with clove, belgian spice and slight tart hints. Light body with moderate carbonation.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2009
22oz from Once Upon a Vine, Richmond. Nothing wrong with the pour, crisp and clean looking golden body with just a hint of honey tinting. Modest carbonation, and lively as to style. But the aroma, whoa. To say this is astringent is to say not nearly enough. It’s like the water in which you’ve boiled vegetables blended with barrel-aged band-aids. The only reason I’m not giving the aroma 1 is that it subsides enough to merit a 3 for blessed anonymity. The taste is acrid, a mess of yeast, dank tea, and some citrus that’s given up the fight. So yeah, I reckon it’s pretty badly infected (and not just because of the sudden headache I got).

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