Thanks to Howard for leaving this one at BunsFest. Finally got around to cracking it! Pours into the glass a slightly hazy reddish brown with a nice creamy eggshell head on top of the brew. Aromas of aromatic malts with a nice fruity Belgian yeast backbone. A touch of earthy spiciness as well. Smooth and clean.
First sip is smooth aromatic malts with a light sweetness that moves into a fruit salad taste. Belgian yeast shines through and lends a mild earthy spice. Finishes clean with a nice aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is solid with a medium body and smooth carbonation. Pretty darn drinkable for sure. Overall, a really tasty brew and a good collaboration. Glad I got the opportunity to try this.
Got one of these new, snazzy 16 oz resealable can/bottle thingies from the great Howard. Served up in a tulip.
A: Pours a mahogany brown with lots of red hues to brighten things up a bit. Held to the light, more reds push through but the color mostly holds. The body is clear with a light but steady carbonation activity. The pour got me almost a finger of off white colored head. Sadly it doesn't hold much retention. No lace to speak of. Extra marks are given for this awesome can.
S: Light Belgian yeast character doing its thing first and foremost. A little sugary sweetness along with some cherry syrup aroma. Lightly earthy and floral. This is followed by more syrup sweetness, light banana, and just a touch of spice. Subtle but very nice.
T: The taste works pretty hand in hand with the nose. Yeast starts things off but it is a bit more pronounced than in the nose. The sweetness kicks up with some fruit notes: pear, cherry, a little grape. Has a light, woody booziness to it. Just a touch of floral note is followed by the banana and some clove. Rounds out with a light syrup sweetness. It rides the sweetness/malt train all the way, it is one note, but very tasty and enjoyable.
M: High side of medium bodied with a very light carbonation. Sweet on the palate, coats but isn't overly aggressive in that sense. ABV is light for such a sweet beer, brings a little heat on the throat. Aftertaste is some syrup coated fruit.
OA: It works on all levels but it is a little one dimensional at times. The sweetness dominates above all else. With that said, still enjoyable and actually pretty easy drinking when you account for all the sweetness. The can is revolutionary, the beer is not quite as impressive though.
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