This one goes in one of those style categories that is somewhat of a catch all, but also one that I should be using a bit more to categorize beers. I often just throw everything that does not fit into a style in the Specialty Beer category, but I need to remember that the non-conforming Belgian-style beers really belong in this one.
A big beer to keep the week moving . . .
Brewery: Weyerbacher Brewing Co. (Easton, PA)
Style: Belgian Specialty Ale
ABV: 11.80% (on bottle)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and pulled slightly early to warm some before serving in a stemmed goblet/chalice.
Aroma: A really full, malty sweetness to the aroma with prominent notes of dark fruit (like cherries). Also a softer spiciness with some alcohol noticeable. – 9/12
Appearance: Deep, rich, coppery amber color. A slight off-white head that is pretty thin, dissipates quickly, and leaves some legs on the glass. Mostly clear with some haze and rising bubbles visible when held to light. – 2/3
Flavor: Smooth malty sweetness both up front and throughout. A low spice character from middle to finish that combines nicely with the dark fruit notes of fig, raisin, etc. Also some slight (and much needed) bitterness near the finish. A bit of dryness to the finish, but still with a strong lingering sweetness. – 14.5/20
Mouthfeel: Medium body (maybe toward full) with a fairly high level of carbonation consisting of tiny bubbles. Quite smooth and slightly creamy with some noticeable warmth. – 4/5
Overall Impressions: I very much enjoyed the level of carbonation that helps balance out the otherwise very prominent sweetness. Certainly balanced to the malty sweet side but the spice, bitterness, etc. are enough to stop it from being cloying. I like it and enjoyed the one I had, but did not love it. One at a time (enjoyed slowly) is just fine for this one. – 7.5/10
Overall: B+ (37/50)