Friday, September 21, 2018

To Øl Santastique!

Best before date: 8/31/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 30C Winter Seasonal Beer

AROMA: Authentic citrus aroma of lemon and lime peels as well as citrusy hops. Some spiciness from clove and cardamom and subtle yeast esters and phenols. A light bready/wheat malt base. Subtle oxidation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Deep amber/light orange hue (5-7 SRM). Hazy body. Large white soapy suds dissipate quickly and completely. 2/3

FLAVOR: Spicy throughout with a consistent bitterness to boot. Citrus pith flavors are evident immediately along with grassy hops. Yeast phenols combine with the cardamom, coriander and unmalted rye to impart a lovely spicy sensation that complements the citrus flavors surprisingly well. A bit of a banana note in the aftertaste, though it is mostly dry and slightly spicy. Malt and wheat base akin to that of a Belgian White - just faint breadiness. Oxidation is noticeable only with extreme scrutiny, though it actually works with the flavors of the brew. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderately-light carbonation. Smooth and somewhat refreshing; though can may have lost a bit of effervescence over time. Highly drinkable at 5.5% ABV and in a 500ml can. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Impressive brewing feat combining classic Belgian base brew with additional spices and American hops. Was probably amazing when fresh. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 39/50

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