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Judge's Review: 92 Rating - Diablo Colorado by Bruz Beers

May, 2021
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Diablo Colorado by Bruz Beers is a Belgian Golden Strong and is being evaluated as a Belgian Golden Strong Ale (category 25C from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Belgian Golden Strong Ales are noted for their deceptive strength, light color and simple malt profile as well as prominent yeast-derived citrusy esters and peppery phenolics with an occasional complement from hops. Diablo Colorado is brewed with 100% Colorado grown ingredients and measures in at 9.5% ABV.

Diablo Colorado pours golden in color with excellent clarity and a huge white head. The aroma is moderate-light bready malt, moderate-light peppery phenolic, light spicy hops and a hint of citrusy and banana esters. The flavor is moderate-light bready malt contrasted by moderate peppery phenolics and light spicy hops; light citrusy esters add complexity while a moderate-high carbonation aids in quaffability. The beer finishes with a moderately light bitterness and a mélange of flavors from bready malt, peppery phenolics, spicy hops and citrusy esters. 

Diablo Colorado is an exceptional Belgian Golden Strong Ale. The beer hits all of the highlights of the style: light color, deceptive strength and complex flavor profile all while maintaining excellent quaffability. The slight banana does detract, however. Seek this great beer out but be careful of its deceptive strength!