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Official Review (Issue 34)

Judging Process
Our reviews are conducted in a single-blind tasting format. This method provides the best opportunity to rely on facts and to avoid favoritism, ensuring a level playing field for all brewers. It serves both the industry and the consumer to have unbiased and objective scores from qualified experts. To best implement this approach, the Judges Review is open to those with established experience as a Master Cicerone® from the Cicerone® Certification Program or as a judge that has accomplished the rank of National or higher from the Beer Judge Certification Program. In the single-blind tasting format, judges are presented with a chilled, properly poured beer and given its style category. Scoring is then done on the following basis using a 100-point scale:

aScore Breakdown:
100 to 96: World Class 
 You need this beer in your life.
95 to 91: Exceptional  Don’t hesitate.
90 to 86: Very Good  A brew to savor.
85 to 75: Average – Somewhat unimpressive.
74 and below: Not Recommended  Just walk away.

 


World Class (100 to 96)


97
by James Link
Rodenbach Vintage 2015
Brouwerij Rodenbach

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96
by Dan Martich
Double Bass Mocha Double Chocolate Stout
Starr Hill Brewery

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Exceptional (95 to 91)


95
by Pat Mulloy
pFriem Flanders Blonde
pFriem Family Brewers

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95
by Michael Heniff
MILF
Mother's Brewing Co.

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95
by Michael Heniff
Hoppyright Infringement
NOLA Brewing Co.

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95
by Sean Coughlin
Declaration
Reformation Brewery

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95
by Richard Wong
Apple Pie Pale Ale
Garage Brewing Co.

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94
by Lyn Howard
White Caps
Cape May Brewing Co.

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