I’m hanging out at The Abbey Brewing Company in Miami Beach, Florida this afternoon. I’ve tried their Immaculate IPA and Father Theodore’s Stout, while having a nice conversation with their Brewmaster/President Raymond Rigazio. He had to leave, but I stuck around for a bit nursing my stout. Since it’s Easter/Passover this week, things were extremely slow at the bar. So, I got to know Carlos the bartender, and we discussed some of our favorite beers. While working, he was sampling this beer and offered me a glass to try.
Location: Bottle at The Abbey Brewing Company in Miami Beach, FL
Numbers: 8.5% ABV, 35 IBUs, 5 SRM
Appearance & Aroma: I had the end of the bottle, so it was a little cloudy from yeast, but it was a golden straw color with a nice frothy white head. There were malty aromas with a slightly lemony and wet grass, farmhouse like smells.
Taste & Feel: There was a bit of crispness when I first sipped the light bodied beer. I first noticed a lemony, almost lemon-pepper like flavor up front. In the middle a bready, pilsner-like malty flavor cut through the lemon pepper spiciness. The finish was dry with a slightly citrusy hop bitterness.
Food Pairing: The lemon and bready flavors would go perfectly with a lightly flavored or buttered fish with a crispy breaded coating.
Overall Impression: This was a light and effervescent beer with mostly lemon and peppery spicy flavors. The bready maltiness, along with the dry bitter hoppiness in the finish added a nice complexity. Overall, it was a light, refreshing Belgian beer, good for the heat of Miami Beach. While I realize the lemon and peppery spiciness comes with it being a Belgian, I’m not a huge fan of the flavors in my beer. However, I really appreciated Carlos for sharing it with me and giving me the opportunity to try it.