Leave it to a good friend to finally provided me the opportunity to review a beer I should have done a long time ago. This is a beer that I have had many times before and a beer that I know I like very much. I was actually a bit surprised to look back and find out that I somehow had neglected to formally review it until today.
This beer review also allowed me to find a little hole in my grading system as the final grade initially ended at 43.5 and landed it squarely between A- and A. Since that situation was not accounted for in my system and since this beer is quite good I simply went back and bumped the aroma grade by .5 to land it an A. I have that kind of power here.
For the very first review of August . . .
Brewery: Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY)
ABV: 5.10% (on bottle)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a French Jelly Glass. Received as a gift.
Aroma: Nicely sweet aroma with some floral and citrus notes. The coriander and orange notes are not at all too perfumey. Light and very pleasant overall. – 10.5/12
Appearance: Pale golden yellow/straw in color. One finger fluffy white head that holds well and leaves nice lacing along the glass. Beautifully cloudy, but some some rising bubbles are still visible. – 3/3
Flavor: Light honey-like sweetness with a little bit of wheat flavor and a nice hit of orange as well. Very faint spice notes and very, very little bitterness. Finishes lightly dry with a bit or tartness and some lingering sweetness. – 17/20
Mouthfeel: Light body and a moderate level of carbonation that lends some nice crispness. The creaminess on the palate does add some fullness. – 4.5/5
Overall Impressions: The spiciness and floral notes of the coriander are at a perfect level for my palate. A very crisp, refreshing, and enjoyable beer with a light tartness/dryness that is so good. Not bad as it warms, but is certainly better cold. I could drink these and day and especially so in warm weather. – 9/10
Overall: A (44/50)