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Ozzy by Brewer's Art Review
Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 2009
750ml

Dyan sent me this 750 packed into a great LNBA BIF box, thanks again! Ozzy pours a bright deep golden with faint hints of orange. The body is fairly clear with suspended particulate throughout. Explosive carbonation swirls to the surface to keep the ever creamy head alive and kicking. The head doesn't quite live up to Duvel standards but does settle with a big collar and leaves sticky intricate lacing.

The aroma starts off with a pale semi-sweet sugar cookie like maltiness. Glistening golden ripe pears and mildly tart green apples make up the yeasty notes while the Styrian Goldings bring along a solid grassy, faintly floral hoppiness. As the beer warms the orchard fruit qualities grow by leaps and bounds with bubblegum notes jumping forward.

The flavor is right in stride with the aroma but the malt profile is slightly different. The pale, sugar cookie like malts still rule the roost but there seems to be an extremely light drizzle of caramel sweetness in there as well. The orchard fruits explode on the palate with gritty pears leading the way while green apple and peaches follow closely behind. Bubblegum is there but stays in the back and there's a touch of alcohol that adds some spiciness.

The mouthfeel of this beer is actually pretty close to Duvel although falling just short with the airiness. The body is moderate but the carbonation keeps this beer moving quickly. The lively carbonation, mild hoppy bitterness and bone dry finish leave the tongue feeling sapped and somewhat beaten.

This Duvel styled brew is supremely easy drinking. This bottle is going down far too fast, I know this and I still can't stop myself. One bottle of Ozzy is not enough.

This is one of the better Duvel styled beers I have had in a long time. I'm glad I was given the chance to try this one and I hope I can get my hands on more bottles in the near future. Thanks again Dyan!

Reviewed: 10/11/08

Served In: Tulip