750 mL dark green, corked and caged champagne bottle. Green’s, Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Very significant pop on opening.The pour is good looking with a cloudy orange pour and a large head. The carbonation is extreme and annoying.
Significant sweet Belgian candy and some yeast notes in the nose. The taste has a surprising hop base and all of the typical Belgian notes (candied sugar, yeast). I am not a huge fan of the hop influence in the Belgian style and it grates a little with me – doesn’t quite sit correctly. It seems to cloud the taste and introduces some Saison funk notes. A bit of an odd beast.
I think that this beer lacks the depth and taste that a Belgian Strong Dark should have, and it drinks much more lightly. The mouthfeel is both too light AND annoyingly carbonated, neither of which help the beer in the context of the style.
Not the best beer in the style, but despite that still interesting.