Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a average off-white head. Aroma of ginger, pears and spice. Flavor of pear skins, light fruit, ginger and pepper. Davros (3338) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2014
Pours gold with a fading head.
Nose shows some mix of cardamon, cumin, nutmeg, cloves or star anise along with a hint of baked pears. Not sure about the savoury cumin-like character.
More cardamon as a flavour along with a harsh, herbal astringency. Very little supporting malt and the aggressive bitterness clashes with the spices.
Carbonation is too high. puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Very mild aroma, much of nothing going on, no pear to be found. Bright carbonation, biscuit flavors, nothing else. Zero pear. Zero spices. Que? Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Pours cloudy orange. The aroma its citrus, orange, musty, herbal. The flavor its malty, cardboard, spicy, tannic. This seems oxidized. Darkmagus82 (2303) - - JUN 18, 2014
Served on tap in a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer is served a hazy golden orange color with a one finger head of white foam atop. The head fades rather fast leaving a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – As may be expected for a spiced pear ale, both the pear and the spice show up strong. The pear is the heaviest, but the spice comes in a close second with lots of cardamom, cumin, and clove. Along with these smells are also some light lemon aromas and a little bit of a herbal smell.
Taste – The taste is much drier then I would have anticipated from the nose with it beginning with a rather drier pear flavor mixed with some flavors of a more cracker like nature. Spice flavors of cardamom and cumin begin the flavor profile with a bit of clove coming on later. Along with the incoming spices so too comes some herbal flavors and a bit of lemon. A bit of a more peppery flavor comes at the very end along with a sweetening of the pear a bit, producing a rather odd, still moderately dry and spiced flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on average side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both are quite complementing of the spice and the pear and help keep it a bit easy drinking even with the somewhat odd mix of flavors on the tongue at the end of the taste.
Overall – A rather interesting try, but nothing all that overly exceptional. Worth one try, but not too many more.
robforbes (2280) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2013
pours a semi-clear yellow with a small white head, and good lacing.
smell is of pepper, spice, and cumin.
taste is thick, spice, pear, and pepper. ends a little dry and peppery. monk191 (2022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Not a bad pear. Pours a very nice golden. Smells like cloves and spices. Taste has some pear, but more bay leaf and some hops to finish. Not bad, but could do better. Had on tap at Oregon Brewers Festival.
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Gold mostly clear pour some head. Smell of cumin, corriander, and strangely, sage. Also fruity bananas on the nose. Intense spice flavor. A bit too medicinal and drying. With all of these intense savory spice flavors it seems like other flavors are missing like garlic and hot peppers. Honey sweet pear also comes through here. A noble experiment, at least it freshened my breath. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2014
I appreciate it when breweries make beers that don’t conform to any particular style and make that clear right in the name and label. Elysian Oddland Spiced Pear Ale could be considered a fruit beer, perhaps a saison, or under the umbrella term of spice/herb/vegetable. Wherever it lies is inconsequential, what does matter is that it’s a tasty, original, and interesting brew to say the least.
jrodooo5 (1749) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - SEP 28, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a mason jar. It had no freshness date. I won this in a raffle (thanks to Eric for donating it!).
Appearance: Hazy shade of dark orange; some sediment can be seen floating in suspension. Pours to a large, white, frothy head which retains and laces wonderfully.
Smell: Strong aroma of spices, especially ginger. Slightly fruity, though has a scent reminiscent of antiseptic cleaners.
Taste: This beer is properly named as the “spice” reference proceeds the pear reference. In other words, yes, this beer is spicy as hell. As soon as it hits the tongue, the palate lights up with an array of spice rack seasonings: ginger, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, coriander and allspice all seem to be present (though, according the brewery’s website, only cumin and cardamom are actually used in the brew). The pear component definitely takes a backseat to the spice, though it does work as a continuous fruity counterbalance. It imparts a hint of cider-like tartness, but there is little in the way of overt fruit juiciness and sweetness (I do get a slight lemon/lime soda flavor, though). The use of Saaz hops really complements the spice palette in the way of strong dry bitterness, especially on the finish. That “antiseptic” character from the nose does carry over to the taste, though that might be an off-character if this bottle is old.
Drinkability: At only 6.3% ABV, Elysian Oddland Spiced Pear Ale isn’t all that hefty of a brew. However, it’s not exactly a guzzler, as those spices really make their presence known in the mouth. It doesn’t have the heat of a pepper beer, but there definitely is an intense element here that leads it more into the sipping territory. The mouthfeel itself is medium-bodied and crisp, though the combination of spices and bitterness from the hops does leave a lingering, drying sensation. This would be fun to pair (no pun intended) with a fruit salad.
Hmm, quite disappointing. There’s spices galore but it’s not a good thing. It’s dry & a touch bitter. Surprised this is considered a fruit beer. Not that good at all!