Bold burnt orange/mango skin cast with lots of activity within. Capped lightly with a fluffy thin beige foam that keeps a favorable skimming across the top as it sits. Not much lacing sticks, just a few spots here and there.
Aroma is bubble gummy with a candied, fruitified, tang of darkly fruity things like golden raisin, star fruit, pear, and plum.
Taste is damn smooth and very nice with a lot of dullish fruity tang and a candied sweet center. A big fruity mix that's blended together wonderfully with apricot, pear, golden raisin, star fruit, plum, and a pinch of blood orange bitterness. Its sweetness stays centered and true with welcoming Belgian candied yeasty bubble gummed effects all across its malt spine and ribs. Spiced lightly with a touch of fruit peels, clove, and floral touches.
Moderately bold and fairly full body entranced into one super soft and smooth tone that has just enough flair of carbonation and bite. Malts are lay of the land here while the candyness adds an extra yummy factor to its overall chewyness. V-Twelve is apparently 12%? Not sure where it is, but I'm sure it'll show up once the 750 has emptied.
Wow, way better then I remember this being from many years ago when this first dawned my fridge. A victory for Victory for keeping this stuff around. Yum!
A - Pours a light brown body that reminds me of the color of real apple cider. Good haze to it. Starts with a thin white head, but now is only a ring around the glass and some whisps floating on the surface. Understandable for the abv.
S - Sweet and fruity with apple, pear and apricot all intermingling. Touches of yeastiness and a light spiciness. Alcohol fairly up front.
T - Big, bold and fruity. Starts with tons of sweet and malty flavors with toffee and caramel being most up front. Some belgian candi sugar and a touch of anise comes in. Big fruitiness comes on strong. Apple cider, pear, apricot, and light green grape. Alcohol comes in at the finish and assertively tells you that this is a sipping beer.
M - Medium full bodied with a stickiness to it. Low carbonation.
D - This is a nice brew, but could use some more time in the cellar. This particular bottle is only a few months old, but I wanted to have one early to be able to compare with later to the other bottles in the cellar.
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