Hopfenstark 7 Sisters / La Pléiade: Maïa
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Brewed by Hopfenstark
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
L’Assomption, Canada


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 54   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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First of a special series, this is another uncommon beer from Hopfenstark. True Belgian esters from Abbey yeast, a lot of malt and body without any alcohol taste and some grape flavor from New World hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 14, 2012
On tap
Aroma: gentle greens , citrusy feel, mild alcohol , soft sweet sugars. Pleasant. 7+
Appearance: pours as hazed amber ale with lighter top.
Flavour/Palate tart, slight sourness , funky elements , fruit tartness. Cherry, spice. Warmth on top. Different and I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Draft at Mondial. Murky burnt umber color with a thick long lasting head. Aroma offers an unusual array of fruits: pineapple, mangosteen, pink grapefruit, and its rind. Soft palate. Underwhelming woody malt character, which is obscured by the yeast esters. In spite of the fruitiness, is not sweet. Has a good amount of citrus rind for balance. Alcohol isnt totally hidden but is well integrated. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Draft at RR Street. Pours hazy brown with minimal off-khaki head. Nose is candi sugary malt, figgy and merloty fruit, dry florals. Tastes fruity, with notes of merlot, earthy funky yeasty esters, some florals and hops and heat in the finish. Solid complexity. A nice find.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 My Bottom Line:
Tropical fruit hoppiness and fruity esters become one before peppery hop resins seal this New World Strong Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the misty amber.
-Alcohol is perceptible in the finish, yet the dryness and smoothness of the body make this treacherously easy to drink.
-This may not be super complex, but it is impeccably rendered and entirely harmonious.
-The soft carbonation doesn’t evoke Belgian character, but the yeast does.
-I would have liked a bit more malt character.

Bottle and on tap at the brewery taproom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (3433) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2012
On tap at Farmers Cabinet, must have been too shitty to note the pour. Small lacing webs and not much head. Aromas are guava, papaya, tropical notes to the max, boozey grapes, spices, belgian candy sugars. Taste is nice and hoppy, with an alc bite. Perfectly carboanted. Very good.

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