E.S.Be Extra Special Belgian Tasting Notes

April 24, 2012 at 2:11 am

Appearance:  Medium brown in the glass with hues of amber/red when held up to the light. Massive off-white head that quickly dissipates leaving plentiful lacing around the glass.

Smell: Grassy and subtle hope spice on the nose. Mild malt aromatics and notes of bread are present.Taste:  Spiciness of Tettnang dry hop on the initial sip gives way to a smooth mix of maltiness, bread, and notes of chocolate. Mild fruity esters are present with a finish of ever so subtle grassiness.

Mouthfeel:  Medium body with a nice malt backbone. Moderately carbonated with a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability & Notes:  Clocking in at 4.9% ABV this is an extremely enjoyable session ale. The tettnang dry hop is somewhat overpowering but has faded over time. Overall I am happy with this beer but looking forward to the second batch fermented with Belgian Abbey yeast as this British yeast version doesn’t quite live up to the first batch of this recipe brewed last summer.