New Belgium A.J. Winter Ale

Formerly brewed at New Belgium Brewing Company
Fort Collins, Colorado USA
8.3% Belgian Strong Ale | 7 Ratings | Winter Seasonal |
A.J. Winter Ale is named for Al Johnson, letter carrier extraordinaire, who deliverd mail by ski in the late 1800s across the Colorado backcountry. Brewed exclusively for our hop-loving friends in Washington and Oregon, A.J. is slightly floral and spicy with esters. A generous dry-hopping of Sterling and Willamette hops gives this full-bodied ale a bright floral beginning, a smooth mouthfeel, and a belly-warming finish.

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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
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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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