Saturday, May 7, 2011

Judas

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (627) - Albany, USA - MAY 7, 2011
I poured a 500ml can into a oversize wine glass.

Appearance: Dark gold, slightly hazy body. Forms a large, bright white, frothy head. Fantastic lacing down the glass. Good retention. Constant carbonation visible throughout.

Aroma: Banana cream pie, light spices and flowers.

Taste: Take all those banana-like flavors you tend to get in Belgian strong pale ales and subtract the spice and sweeten it up and that’s what you get here. Belgian yeast strains tend to make for banana-like flavors, but in this case it’s more refined, almost sugary, and slightly floral. Alcohol creates for a stronger, more energetic palate, giving the beer a slight rum-like taste. Very mild bitterness, hops are not prominent here. Malts give it a sourdough-like flavor as well. Quite tasty, although not particularly complex.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied for sure. Literally feels thick in the mouth, but not sticky or syrupy.

Drinkability: For an 8.5% ABV beer, Judas is surprisingly smooth and drinkable. Palate is not overly-sweetened, nor is it a peppery sensation in the mouth. A beer to drink for the taste, the proportionate drinkability is a pleasant bonus.

Overall, one of the most unique strong Belgian blondes I’ve encountered and a fun beer to drink.

Grade: 8/10