330 mL bottle, BB 08/2024.
Dark, copper colored body with a light, high, white and fluffy head. Good lace; nice retention. Body color doesn’t really match the style.
Nose offers little TBH. Only very, very simple bread malts are detectable. No problem per se, but in terms of the style I’m not in love with it.
A surprising, malty bitterness for the style, and also rather dry to start. Lacks significant depth of flavor (again in terms of the style), and maybe the *slightly* lower ABV than expected has something to do with that. Plenty of caramel and plenty of wholemeal bread. Finish is also extremely dry. Lots of earthy notes that are very much aligned with a Bière de Garde.
This is a real anomaly. I don’t dislike it, but this is not a stylistically correct beer if it is supposed to be a Belgian Strong Pale. If you think of this is a BdG, even if it’s not supposed to be, I think you’ll like it better. Some people apply a Dubbel hybrid model, and I can see some of that too, but for me it’s just too bitter and earthy for that. Aftertaste is also very dry.
In the end beers that don’t match styles are an annoyance to me, but I guess the question is does the brewery real see this as a Belgian Stong? if it does that aggrieves me, if it doesn’t it’s less of an issue.