MartinT (9851) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
My Bottom Line:TimE (5790) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 16, 2007
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.
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