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Review by everetends on 06/22/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 16 4 8 2010
Old Review
22 oz bottle I picked up at Hop City in ATL during the New Belgium roll out. I have had my share of Fat Tire out west but I haven't really sampled any other NB brews, so I had to pick this one up. Served up in my St. Bernardus Chalice.

A: Pours a seemingly black body. Held to the old bulb, you see that is in fact a very dark brown. Said brown is a very dark body resting on top of a lighter brown base at the bottom of the chalice. Nice look here. Had about half a finger of head off the pour . . . actually a pretty vigorous pour. The head that was built went away with some hast. Barely a ring is left in my glass, and there is no lace on the glass. Its ok, but nothing mind blowing and it leaves me needing more.

S: Smell is a bit on the light side but pleasant all the same. Got a nice base of yeast and grains coming out first. Nice and lightly sweet malt aroma. Then there is a touch of fruit that is barely there, maybe some plum? The aroma that I left with is mostly some nice and light cocoa lingering. Yet again, not blowing any minds but enjoyable.

T: I was not expecting this to taste like it does, but it is a pleasant suprise in this glass. Getting first and foremost a really nice cocoa presence. Its not crazy sweet, but its not too overly dark or bitter. Just right in the middle. Then you get that some of that Belgian yeasty quality with a nice earthiness. Malt is a light caramel and there is possibly a light coffee flavor coming out. Not getting any fruit in the flavor but its not needed, but there is a nice roasty/toasty flavor. The flavors are nice as is.

M: Medium in body with a touch of (good) wateriness to it. The thinness keeps this beer from being too heavy on the palate, or keeping the sweeter flavors from being too creamy on the palate. Carbonation is medium but kept in check. ABV is not even a factor and blends wonderfully. Aftertaste is some of that malt and some lingering cocoa goodness.

D: I am super suprised by this beer even though I didn't know what to expect. It works very nicely. Its light on the palate and the tummy and makes it so you can keep pulling from that glass. It just plain works. This bomber will not be an issue whatsoever and I should have picked up multiple bottles. This is decent one for keeping in the house if you want an easy drinker with some flavor but its not going to break the bank. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 05-29-2009 05:09:16

Served In: Goblet