Appearance: Dark amber hue, clear body with much carbonation. Forms a
small, white, soapy head that mostly fizzles away but does leave some
lacing on the glass.
Smell: lager yeast, corn, grain, a bit of skunk and underneath it all some malty sweetness.
Taste: This is a Belgian pale ale? If I were drinking this blind I’d
think it’s an Oktoberfest or a bock. Seriously, where’s the hop
presence that comes with a Belgian pale? This is a malty beer from
start to finish. Caramel, toffee and grain are the dominate flavors
with perhaps a corn adjunct flavor often found in American macro
lagers. Slight sourness commonly found in European green bottle
pilsners too. Not that it’s a disgusting palate, in fact, it’s quite
sweet and the malts are enjoyable with a mostly clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Remarkably fizzy and thin for a Belgian ale of this type.
Drinkability: It tastes like a lager and drinks like a lager. Very
crisp, and even a little refreshing at fridge temp. As it warms it
maintains its fizziness, but grows more sweet and sour. The 5.4% ABV
seems right, if not even a little high considering how much this drinks
like a macro lager of less than 5%. Overall, it’s a drinkable beer with some redeeming qualities, but
extremely strange considering its style and country of origin.