Sampled at 1702; April 2009
This beer arrives from the tap with a frothy, one-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a hazy amber hue that has a touch of gold to it. The aroma has a sort of soapy note to it, it is quite malty, with perhaps a touch of mustiness and what seems to be a light tartness. This has an interesting aroma, and certainly not exactly what I was expecting.
The beer has a softness to the mouth-feel up front, but it is backed by a bit of a prickly carbonation-derived texture. The beer tastes sweet and fruity with notes of raisin and red table grapes being most noticeable. It gets a bit herbal in the finish and also has a light bitterness there as well. This is actually quite fruity tasting and the straight malt character plays a secondary role; the malt does provide some light caramel notes and a touch of biscuit like maltiness. This definitely has a nice texture to it with a medium fullness that isn’t too heavy.
This is a nice beer that has a nicely balanced character of fruit and herbal notes; it could use a touch more malt character though, but it is still nicely enjoyable.
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