Friday, May 11, 2018

Brasserie des Rocs Blonde

Best before date: 3/19/19

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 25A Belgian Blond Ale

AROMA: Moderate spicy/fruity nose from yeast esters and phenols. Hops are relatively low and earthy/floral. Slight vanilla/caramel presence from strong malt content (and oxidation). Slight lightstrike presence. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Very hazy amber/orange hue (4-7 SRM). Moderate white foam mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Combination of lightly sweet caramel maltiness and dry, peppery spicy phenolics. Slight lemon pith character in the backend. Very low hop flavor; bitterness is also rather low. Seems to be highly attenuated as there is a dry finish and clean aftertaste. Overall palette is remarkably mild. No alcohol presence. 11/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderately-high carbonation. Smooth with no alcohol warmth. Feels much lighter than 7.5% ABV. Clean aftertaste is nice, though. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is probably a good example of the style when fresh, but it doesn't age well. 5/10

TOTAL SCORE: 29/50

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