On the docket: 22 oz. Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale (Elevated Series) Epic Brewing
Poured into: River Horse snifter with enough force to produce a good head.
S: Bright shiny gold, crystal clear. One might use the word “dandelion” or “school bus” to describe the yellow hue to this blond beauty. And you know what they say- “blondes” have more fun. A stark, creamy white cap forms, then recedes quickly to a ring around the outside and a small island in the middle. Tiny bubbles zip their way to the top to join their foamy brethren.
A: Spicy, peppery, clove-y phenols. Bright orangey citrus and spicy, noble hops. The grain yields a delicate cracker-like pale malt aroma. A bit of fruity (banana and bubblegum) esters from the Belgian yeast- not strong like a hefeweizen, mind you- just a touch. There seems to be a whiff of grain husk, or hay.
T: An initial Belgian spice base of coriander, citrus rind, cloves, grains of paradise, maybe even anise greets the senses. Sweetness from candy sugar shows up in the middle. There’s a warming (but smooth), boozy finish, plus a dry, bitterness and spiciness that keeps you coming back for more. But be warned, this golden goddess garnishes your sobriety if consumed too quickly. It touts an 8.9% abv, concealed well by the light, effervescent body.
F: Prickly, light, but not watery. Long dry, bitter finish.
O: Dry, bright, multi-faceted. It’s not Duvel, but hey, there’s only one of those. This is an enjoyable, solid offering from a non-Belgian brewery taking on this devilishly drinkable style. In a pinch, this is a no-brainer.
S: 4 A: 4.25 T: 3.75 F: 4 O: 4
Suggested food pairing: Lobster, baked salmon with lemon and butter, duck breast. I’ll be so bold as to theorize lamb-pops with rosemary and Dijon mustard. Try this on its own as an after-dinner drink, or before the meal to cleanse the senses- just don’t forget to drink some water at some point.