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Ozzy by Brewer's Art Review
Review by SAP on 09/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 2008
A very soft pour easily produces three fingers of pale, tan tinged, off white colored froth in my 25cl tulip glass. The head forms characteristically textured, rockied structures as it slowly subsides all the while leaving a substantial layer of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a rich gold color that shows an almost clear, bright gold color when held up to the light. Ah, the aroma is quite divine (after smelling a vegetal hop note when I was pouring); the aroma focuses on a light pear fruitiness, a hint of green apple, plenty of earthy, peppery spice notes as well as some earthy esters and phenols. Interesting aromatic notes reminiscent of Meyer lemon zest, coriander, grassy pale grain, light saltine cracker grain notes, spicy wild flower nectar, and some dusty grains of paradise aromas all dance in and out of focus as I find my self enjoying the aroma for an extended period of time. Damn the aroma just hits the spot, this is exactly what I was hoping this beer would smell like.

Lightly sweet up front, which is backed up by a carbonic fizz that is quite lively. The beer has a nice mix of fruity esters and spicy phenols as it moves across the tongue; notes of pear, bright honeydew melon, aromatic apple and sweet lemon zest as well as notes of clove, some woody black pepper and light notes of spicy ginger. This has a bit more sweetness and a touch more fullness to it than the Prototype of the style. As it warms up the beer picks up a bit of heat in the finish with some cleaner higher alcohol notes becoming a bit more noticeable.

A second pour of this, warmer than the first, starts to accentuate the earthy spice notes that were so noticed in the aroma. This gets an herbal, slightly vegetal note toward the finish at times and there is also a light hop bitterness here that at times is not noticed because of the sweeter fruit flavors.

Damn, what is up with Brewers Art, all three beers I have had from these guys have been outstanding. Why am I not hearing more buzz about these guys? They certainly deserve it. This is a fantastic take on a Duvel inspired beer; fruity and spicier than Duvel, the added character definitely works wonderfully, especially considering that this is a bit sweeter than Duvel, that added flavors definitely help to tame the sweetness quite well.

Price: $11.99 Served In: Pint Glass