Bela Imperial Pilsner - Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
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1.28/5 rDev -60.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
On tap at the brewpub in Normal, IL.
Pours very dark orange. Smells... very limp and sweet, not at all what the menu promised. Nodes of carrot juice and mustard seed and light hints of flowers.
Tastes cloyingly sweet, almost like malt extract syrup. Don't get me wrong--I'm not saying they use extract in their beers. I'm saying their beers taste like extract, which is actually worse. The effect is very closely to a bad, underhopped, high gravity malt liquor--sweet in a poisonous way, like drinking it makes you rot.
Billed as an "intensely hopped Imperial pilsener," this beer is a prime showcase for why it is that most double pilseners are--nay, *must*--be intensely hopped. Because, without a shitload of hop flavor (which this beer lacks), the beer comes off like sweet, chemical cough syrup. Avoid.
Serving type: on-tap
11-25-2012 16:28:02 | More by mynie
2.5/5 rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
A - Cloudy carrot orange with a white one inch cap. Lots of nice lace sticks to the tulip glass that this was served in.
S - Pungent spicy mustard and pepper, with a vinegar-like note that reminds me of super-funky Belgian brews. Not at all what I was expecting this to smell like.
T - Sour and tart with brettanomyces-esque funk (I don't think that they actually brewed this with bret, but the Dijon mustard notes have the same vibe going on. Odd.
M - Medium bodied and voraciously carbonated. Finishes with a slightly off-putting sour sweaty flavor that lingers for quite a while.
D - This is definitely one bizzaro brew that doesn't taste at all like the noble hops and dry cracker-y malts that I was expecting. I was only planning on trying two beers, so I went with what I thought would be the most unique and interesting brew first.
Serving type: on-tap
06-26-2010 12:50:16 | More by pmcadamis
Bela Imperial Pilsner from Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
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