Wednesday, March 21, 2018

21st Amendment Baby Horse

Fill date: ?

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale

AROMA: Strong banana-like esters with some clove/spicy phenolic character. Nose is closer to a German hefeweizen than a true Belgian quad. Missing malt and fruit complexity. No notes of alcohol or hops (none needed). 8/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy reddish-copper hue (13-17 SRM). Moderate, tan froth retains and laces well. 2/3

FLAVOR: Sweet and spicy combination of malts, sugars, and yeast character. Flavor is somewhat rich likely due to Belgian syrup use. There is a spicy/peppery flavor in the background that imparts a banana and clove taste, but not other distinct fruits. Bitterness is moderate with a drying sensation that lingers into the aftertaste. Alcohol is quite noticeable and works in conjunction with the hops to balance the palette. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderately-high carbonation. Minor alcohol warmth from the 9.5% ABV, but it does not burn. Overall drinkability is good. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: More to spec than not, but seems a bit faux or Americanized. Tasty and drinkable, but missing authenticity. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 32/50

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