River Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale

12 oz single, thanks go out to finewinemike as part of my Secret Santa 2010.
Pour is a murky brown, Dubbel like affair with some decent head and some fairly significant lace. In that respect, pretty nice to look at.
Some Belgian yeast notes in the nose and tastes, but also a fair amount of hop character that I wasn’t really expecting. The hops, although fairly muted and reserved, still sing out too much for the style for me, and frankly don’t belong there, even in the relatively muted manner that they appear. Caramel malts are present but to be honest they get a little overwhelmed in terms of the whole package.
Alcohol is fairly present too, and this comes across as quite strong beer.
A beer that falls a little awkwardly between two stools and as a result fails to deliver properly on either. Needs some work before I would visit this again.

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01/02/2011
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 2.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3
Overall: 3
Total: 2.88
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