Saturday, June 19, 2010

Belgian Table Beer - Review

Appearance: A pale golden color (much lighter than pictures shows) with a 1½ finger head that slowly dissipates leaving substantial lacing in the glass; very clear at this point, early on there was much more yeast in suspension giving it a slightly hazy appearance

Aroma: Bready with a hint of sweetness, nice amount of spice and a hint of bubblegum that rounds out the smell, hop aroma was quite strong and very earthy when it was young, but has since faded a bit leaving the ester profile to really shine.

Taste: Sweetness from the pils malt hits you upfront followed by an intense creaminess from the wheat. Spice and fruit dance on your tongue followed by a whisper or bubblegum in the finish. The beer is nicely bitter leaving just the right amount of dryness and bitterness on the tongue after you finish a drink.

Mouthfeel: the beer is extremely creamy from the flaked wheat, a nice medium carbonation really accentuates the body, yet it is and easy drinker on a hot summer day

Drinkability: I had to restrain myself when I first tapped the keg, I really like this beer, and have enjoyed the way its changed over the past month or so. I hit the nail on the head with this one, it accentuates the flavors of just about any food you eat it with, especially with barbeque or seafood where it really shines. I don't think Ive found a better combo than this beer and some cod, lobster, or shrimp and scallops.

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