The kids are off school today for Thanksgiving break, so I had to stay home with them. It’s a cold day outside, so we stayed in, cleaned up a little, and played on the Xbox a little bit. I’m getting ready to move the beer fridge, and I need to clean it out a little bit. So, I’m trying to dig in to a few more beers there, and I found this one. I can’t remember when I got it, but I must have picked it up when I was in St. Louis visiting my dad sometime.
Location: Poured from the 22oz bottle into a tall weizen glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 4.8% ABV, ~140 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s amber-orange in color and slightly hazy. There’s a decent amount of carbonation in it, but no head, just a foamy ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. It’s got a bready-yeasty aroma with some spicy Belgian character.
Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium with a crisp mouthfeel. There’s a lightly sweet honey and malty breadiness up front, followed by a yeasty flavor and a bit of Belgian spiciness. The Belgian spiciness and light earthy bitterness peak at the finish, and the Belgian spiciness lasts for a little bit in the aftertaste, with a background of yeast flavors.
Food Pairing: The beer is bready and yeasty, with bit of Belgian spiciness, which, to me, begs for some spicy foods – Mexican, Thai. etc. This time of year, it could also go great with a cup of good, spicy, American chili.
Overall Impression: It had a decent amount of Belgian character, but I felt the flavors were a bit too yeasty. It seemed to lack complexity, however, that made it pretty drinkable. Given the somewhat bland flavors with a bit of Belgian spiciness, I’d definitely pair this beer with food if I had it again. Overall, it was a good beer, but it didn’t have a lot that made it stand out.