12 oz bottle picked up at Whole Foods in Birmingham. I think the sixer ran around $10. Served up in a tulip.
A: Pours up a burnt orange body that is crystal clear. Held to the light, more orange hues push through. Pretty steady stream of carbonation moving around in there. The pour yielded about three fingers of fluffy white head. Falls slowly but steadily to a finger, leaving lace all over the glass. Very good looking beer.
S: When I think Brett, it is the smell of this beer. Light funk, earthy, with spicy tones (white pepper, coriander, etc). Getting a nice and complimentary citrus hop presence. Getting a fair amount of grapefruit and pineapple. Very nice nose.
T: Not much different than the nose. Starts off with the yeast. Light funk note, little barnyard. White pepper is pretty intense but nice, coriander is light but present. Touch of a medicinal note. The hops blend into all of this with a nice dose of grapefruit zest, touch of orange, and a little bit of pineapple rounding it off. Things round off with a light malt sweetness.
M: Nice medium mouthfeel with a big and bright carbonation to it. ABV brings a light heat to it on the throat. This beer dries up very nicely. Incredibly effervescent, which contributes wonderfully to its drinkability. Aftertaste is a nice, lingering barnyard funk.
OA: I really didn't know how I would feel about this beer, but this was a hit. To me, this makes a perfect spring/summertime drinker. The feel really makes this beer something special to me, and I could drink this all day (and would if I didn't know already know what Brett does to my stomach). Just really good stuff.
The first pour is 8 parts foam, 2 parts liquid. A bright hazy gold liquid.
The smell is very peppery, yeasty, spicy, notes of cloves, possibly coriander, and some funky tones. Good nose.
The taste is yeasty, has white pepper, some good hoppy bitterness, earthy maltiness, light cloves,..interesting flavours though I don't think they all come together in perfect unison. A good stab at the style.
Plenty of carbonation with the medium body makes for a good mouthfeel.
Overall, a good rendition of a Belgian Style Pale Ale and I'm glad I got it in a trade as an extra but this isn't something I'd seek out in the future
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