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Liquor Mart 40th Anniversary Ale by Avery Brewing Company
Belgian Pale Ale
6.20 % ABV


 
Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
64 3 7 13 3 6 2010
22oz Bomber

I got this bottle a couple months ago from the great trader russpowell, thanks for the trades Russ! Liquor Mart is a Belgian Style Pale Ale brewed wit orange peel and two yeast strains. As I pour, my Bell's tulip fills with a moderately hazy tarnished copper beer with an impressive amount of visible carbonation rushing to the surface. The carbonation comes from everywhere all the while keeping a dense two finger bone white head atop the body. As the head settles thin but sticky Belgian-esque lacing is left clinging to the glass.

The nose loaded with yeasty esters. White pepper, mild clove and perfumey almost soapy undertones seem a little discombobulated and all over the place. The orange peel was used heavy handedly but it works in this case with the dried peel lying over the top of this beer like a thin blanket. The malty base is sweet candi sugar and sugar cookie; I wouldn't expect anything different. There may be a little lemon/lime in here as well or that could be an example of me reaching too far. The orange peel and sugary malt base seems to keep the reins on the jumpy esters thrown off by the two yeast strains used.

The flavor for better or worse follows the aroma closely. The rock candy sweetness coats the tongue quickly while the orange peel and mild clove wash through. The orange peel really adds some nice depth and is the alpha male of this group. The ester spiciness kicks in on the finish to join in with the remaining orange peel, green apple and gritty pear. White pepper and soft clove come through on the finish with the pepper leaving some zip on the back of the tongue. The hops used bring the more soapy than perfumey flavor on the swallow. This is an interesting brew and it seems to be growing on me.

Each drink sends a moderate body, which leans toward the leaner side of the spectrum, across my tongue. The carbonation is a little livelier than I would have liked to see. There's a little too much prickliness on the sides of the tongue but this is just a minor squabble.

A bomber is enough for me thanks to the spiciness but this bomber is going down easy. I get worn out on spices easily so others may differ but 22oz is plenty for me.

I enjoyed this brew from Avery. It's cool they brew something special for a landmark liquor store and it ends up being a quality brew. Thanks for the bottle Russ, much appreciated!

Reviewed: 2/6/09

Served In: Tulip

Review by Oxymoron on 12/04/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
64 2 7 14 3 6 2008
I bet you know where I got this one. Pours a semi-cloudy lemony orange color with coppery hues throughout. A good pour provides a thick fizzy head with good retention and lacing through out the tasting.

The nose smells carbonated, if that is possible. Some Belgian characteristics with a yeasty note with a noticeable lemon and orange aroma. Some lighter phenols and some pepper notes. Some rose and perfume like aromas as well. Some grassy and noticeable hoppy notes as well. More along the lines of a Belgian IPA.

The taste is kind of hard to point out because of the carbonic bite. The Belgium characteristic is a bit smothered. The malt comes out with some bready and biscuit notes. Some chalkiness in the finish. The yeast backs off with some minor phenols. The perfume in the aroma comes out more in the taste with just a hint of rose quality. There is a stronger bitterness as well, with a filmy, grassy finish. Would like more Belgian overall.

The carbonic bite is pretty big on this one. Really hides some of the subtle flavors of the beer. The body is bit dry which enhances the hops a bit more. Overall, to me this is more on key with a Belgian IPA but there some muttled Belgian notes, I would like to see this cleaned up a bit more.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 11/16/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 8 13 4 6 2008
A vigorous pour produces an almost four-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a deep red tinged, amber color that shows a brilliantly clear dark red-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells fruity without being overly sweet and it also has a significant spiciness that gets a bit musty at some point. This has some phenolic clove notes to as well as herbal, pine-like and citrus oil hop aromatics. Almost has a touch of tobacco to it as well as some lemon pepper, citrus zest, and something that smells a bit like cough-syrup. This takes on a bit of an herbal character after a bit that seems to thin out and make the aroma not nearly as interesting as it was initially.

Spicy, peppery and with a bit of warming, higher alcohols to it. This is fairly light bodied, and the carbonation also contributes a bit too this. This finishes with some phenolic notes that taste lightly of plastic as well as a solid hop bitterness. In the middle there is some fruity, malt sweetness that accentuates a grapefruit, orange zest and Meyer lemon peel citrus character that mixes in quite a bit with the spicy components found in this beer. Other flavors of ginger, black pepper, a touch of curing plastic and perhaps some cider like notes. This actually has a fairly significant vegetal note to it in both the flavor and aroma (sort of like mix of cooked cabbage and celery), that isn't really positive, but not horrible either.

Not bad, but not as interesting as I would like in a characterful, hoppy Belgian Pale Ale.

Served In: Tulip

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