5 Seasons Westside Europe '72

Brewed by 5 Seasons Westside
Atlanta, Georgia USA
- Belgian Strong Ale | 6 Ratings | Special Release |
Vintage 8.5.09

We took our 1972 Begian-style ale and aged it in a pinot noir wine barrel used in both France and California. 1972 was part of our Serenade Series, where we conceive of a beer, brew it, ferment it and condition it to the sounds of a particular musician. For 1972 we played the entire Grateful Dead’s 1972 tour (their zenith)! And this version is named after the live album from that tour.

It’s made with toasted hemp seeds, smoked hops, a special malt that has an almost sourdough character (they were from San Francisco) and we duplicated the Marin County, CA water profile. It has a deep brown color and was fermented with a Belgian Trappist yeast which produces raisin, plum and berry notes in addition to a mysterious spiciness. This beer – like the music of the Grateful Dead – defies any particular style.

The barrel conditioning adds even more layers of complexity to this already crazy beer as it takes on the oak and pinot noir.

Grain: floor-malted Maris Otter, Wheat malt, Rye, Special Roast, Aromatic, Caravienna, Chocolate malt

Hops: Cascade, Willamette, East Kent Golding

OG: 18.5 Plato

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

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Liquid
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Head
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Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

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Bitter
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Sour
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Other
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The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

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Texture
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Carbonation
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Finish
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