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Baird Taproom 7-Year Ale

Baird Taproom 7-Year Ale
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Formerly brewed at Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan


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RATINGS: 2   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This celebratory ale is, stylistically, inspired by beers categorized as Belgian-style Strong Golden Ales. Generally, this type of ale is straw-gold in color, slightly phenolic in aroma, prickly and effervescent in the mouth and highly dry and fairly hot in the finish. Duvel is the signature beer of the style and it is one of our favorites. Taproom 7-Year Ale is fantastically simple in design: one malt (German Pilsner), one sugar (Japanese Korizato), two hops (UK East Kent Golding and US Sterling), and one yeast (a Belgian one reputedly derived from the Duvel brewery). The resulting beer is fantastically complex in flavor! Estery notes of pears and plums define the aroma, slightly sweet, yeast-derived flavors of fruit celebrate on the palate, a strong alcohol-enhanced dryness punctuates the finish! If it were my seventh birthday, this is the beverage I would want served along with my cake!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
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The spicy hoppiness and fruity yeast of this Belgian Strong Ale swim within smooth honeyed cereals and delicate effervescence into a drying herbal hop finish. A valiant celebratory ale for a talented brewer.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-Big-bubbled foam settles into the clear golden.
-Deceptively smooth, it does not really show its alcohol content until your glass is long gone.
-Citrusy fruitiness accentuates the quenching factor.
-The yeast’s fruitiness spans from gooseberries to pears to apple skins, etc.
-Balanced, drinkable, flavorful, never aggressive; these characteristics could describe many a Baird beer.

On tap at the brewery tap room.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (5047) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 16, 2007
For a style that I have found in the past quit underwhelming, though I have always enjoyed Duvel, this beer takes the style to another level IMO. Dark golden color with an unassuming nose of apples and pears. The mouth then explodes with flavor, apples, pears, cracked wheat, cookies, caramel and apple sauce. Unbelievable depth from begginning to end. Alcohol very well hidden. The finish is kind of like apple sauce and like the descriptions says, i think this would go great with cake. To Bryan hitting seven years in style, cheer.s

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