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Belgian Amber Ale
 
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Review by everetends on 07/29/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
12 oz bottle thanks to my boy, Lum. Received it one of his crazy generous packages that tend to show up from time to time. I really hadn't heard much about it before it landed on my doorstep. Served it up in a Free the Hops tulip.

A: Pours a very dark, murky brown color. Builds a very dark brown body that is nearly black. Held to the light, it keeps its color and doesn't allow light through except for at the very top of the body where it begin to resemble a slightly cola color. Got about a finger of mocha colored head off the pour. The head falls to a chubby ring with some floating masses in the center. The foam throws up a a little lace, but it mostly slips right back into the body.

S: The aroma starts off with some sweet fruit presence. Picking up on some banana, pineapple, plums. The Belgian yeast comes out bringing some sweet factors. Kind of bubblegum meets cotton candy in a way. Its kind of weird but very intriguing. The malts come out with a little toffee lingering in the back. Behind all of that is a lightly earthy and funky note. Like it alot as it comes together.

T: Flavors really come together nicely. The malts and fruit flavors really come out well. Getting some apple, banana, pineapple, plum, prune and just a touch of cherry. The malts are caramel and toffee in presence with just a nice touch of roast sitting on them. There is a little bit of pepper and clove hitting me. Hops appear to be nice and earthy. That bubblegum quality comes out a bit, don't know if its coming out from the yeast or if its a combination of flavors. Has that very Belgian quality to it and then it hits you with a nice and light funky/musty quality on the back end. Very, very nice.

M: Medium in body with a light to medium carbonation level. It is very smooth on the palate, a little silky with just a tinge of carb to it. ABV is very light on the palate, bringing just a touch of warmth in the belly. Aftertaste is that Belgian yeast quality and that light funk.

OA: You know, it is nice. It might be a little on the sweet side, but the Belgian qualities and funk really tone it down a bit. The fruitiness is very nice. This may not have been the best beer for a night that is in the high 80s but I could absolutely see a need for this beer in the cold of winter. It has that wonderful comforting quality that I really can't describe. Just really good and easy drinking.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 0
12 oz bottle
Pours a very dark, almost ominous brown color - with the most beautiful burgundy color gleaming through when held to a light. One finger of mocha colored head - almost nitro in appearance - takes up it's residence atop - and slowly slips away. Upon a closer inspection, this Saison is crystal clear, with slow, light streamers clawing their way for the surface. The ever-encompassing collar grips the walls of the glass... a quick swirl allows for some very pretty and intricate lacing to showcase the beauty of this thing.

Aroma is quite interesting. First and foremost: A good dose of Saison yeast funk - that is to say, dusty, musty barnyard. Oh yes. Sweaty horseblanket as well. Next is a fruity nature thrown by the yeasts - pear and golden apple with hints at pineapple and perhaps cantaloupe. Wrapping everything together is a sweet caramel/molasses (!) and roasted malts essence - I am combining these two elements because I find them to be deeply rooted within each other, as if hot peened into each others very being. Finally, there is a light spice aroma... just very small pinches of both anise, nutmeg and cinnamon.

First on the tongue is roasted malts. Light wood smoke with just a hint of char around the edges. This segment takes center stage. Next is a light spiceyness... mostly a degree of pepperyness... I keep finding myself wanting to say vanilla - so I will. Vanilla. Light hop bite towards the middle, followed very quickly by those fruity yeast esters - again with heavily ripened cantaloupe , pear and golden apple. Wheaty twang? I believe so. Holding everything together in the again lightly charred finish is that dusty/musty barnyard - this time minus the sweaty horse tack.

Medium in body. Smooth, crisp yet ever-so-lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Lush. Good amount of dryness in the finish. Carbonation is very lax for a Saison - but for what this one is - it compliments very, very well. Light boozy warmth in the finish as well.

A Winter Saison Warmer. I believe that would surmise this very well. That being said - it is off-track for a Saison, but with the yeasts used... fits well within it's billing. Cold Font does have what all good Saisons MUST have (besides a funky , fruity yeastyness and dry finish) is that immense drinkability (sorry to use that word) factor. This thing is refreshing and soul satisfying. The roasted malts say sip me slowly, but the sweet fruity funkyness says DO NOT SET THIS GLASS DOWN.
OK, I won't.
Glad I have another sixer...
I believe the ABV is around 7-7.5%, if I remember correctly.
Strongly recommended.

Served In: Snifter

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