Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Blue Moon Rounder Belgian-Style Pale


2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1057) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a best before date of 5/19/14 and came as part of a 12-pack for $14.47 ($1.20 per bottle or $0.10 per ounce).

Appearance: Label indicates this is a "Belgian-Style Pale", but the color is clearly that of an amber. The copper hue is quite pretty, though there is zero carbonation visible. It pours to a small, off white, foamy head which laces and retains poorly.

Smell: Slight oxidized aroma of cardboard. Some toffee and caramel sweetness, but smells old or fouled.

Taste: There’s a lot of things wrong with Blue Moon Rounder, which is a shame because the description and even the ingredients list makes the beer seem very interesting. The beer fails for two reasons: it’s completely mis-marketed; it has off-flavors.

There’s a distinct character to the palette of this beer. It’s familiar of that of a standard American amber, only not a good example of one. While it does have some flavors of toffee and caramel on the first half, the second half is rife with off-flavors. There seems to be indications of oxidization and DMS as it finishes with a sharp, harsh, astringency. There is no Belgian yeast character at all, nor is there any hibiscus or orangepeel as advertised. The flavors start to worsen as the beer warms.

Drinkability: This is one of those beers where the drinkability is actually pretty good, but the actual palate itself is not. The mouthfeel is thick but overtly tepid - a beer of the style should be quite crisp and bubbly. It’s easy to suck down, though it does leave a dry, starchy aftertaste. For 5.6% ABV it’s not too heavy, though it should have more flavor than what’s here (more good flavor, that is). 
Grade: 3/10