Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Murky, near opaque, ruby-amber body with one-inch beige head upon pour that simmers to a thin velvety head with myriad carbonation bubbles. Lacing lingers on the glass.
Scent: A melange of strong fruit aromas: figs, raisins, bananas, sweet cherries.
Flavor: Intense sweetness upon first few seconds, which quickly transforms into a sharp boozy bitterness. Tastes of malted caramel, walnut, candied apple, raisins, and brown sugar. A little hint of peppery spice at the end.
Feel: Medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Booze lingers at the back of the throat, like downing a Scotch quickly.
Concluding remarks: Given that this boasts as much alcohol as a terrible White Zinfandel, the alcohol note is, surprisingly, not overpowering. While absolutely noticeable, the flavor of sweet fruits and nuts balances what could have otherwise been something akin to drinking rum-spiked beer. I have not been entirely impressed with American brewers’ attempts at Belgian-styled ales yet, and this does not help their plight. However, the flavor profile is just complex enough to challenge the mouth. And for that, go ahead and give this guy a try. At the very worst, you’ll leave the bar (or your kitchen, in my case) just a bit warmer.