Ovila Belgian Style Golden

There’s a paper strip over the cork and cage warning that the ‘Contents are under high pressure’. Of course, I hardly gave this a thought as this is always the case, but then the cork almost took my head off! I wonder if this label was added as an afterthought after carbonation/explosion issues.

Golden (duh!) pour, with thinnish looking head, no lace and below average retention.

Nose offers strong, clean yeast and bread notes.

More bread on the palate followed by some very light spice and white pepper. The dry is quite dry, and this character is accentuated int he finish. A slight lingering bitterness hangs on the tongue in the finish.

Drier than many in the style and despite the ‘Golden’ moniker, the beer is basically Belgian Strong Pale and brings a decent alcohol punch tot he party. I prefer the words ‘Belgian Golden Ale’ to be associated with lower ABVs and more in line with what we might call ‘simple’ or ‘single’.

As it warms there are a few fruity esters and the dry character mellows a bit, but this never gets appreciably sweet.

Quite complex it is obviously reminiscent of Duvel, but it lacks a little of the body and presence that one finds in that classic

 

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08/23/2012
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bottle
ABV: 8.5 %
Appearance: 4.0
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
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