Merchant: Your Dekalb Farmers Market
Service: 4 pack 12 oz bottles
Style: Belgian (Style) Strong Golden Ale
Color: Golden (8 SRM)
Smell: Big sweet aroma full of fruit, some yeast and a subtle spiciness.
Taste: The big floral sweetness up front and a subtle sourness in the back of the palate are a fantastic contrast. What a great start. Next up the malt settles in nicely revealing the sweetness that can be expected from an 8.5. There are plenty of hops too—at almost IPA levels—so it finished fairly dry. The entire time the sweet and fruity Belgian yeast carries a consistent spiciness. The finish is a little boozy with clove and prominent banana notes but don’t mistake this for a fruit beer. It’s not even close. This is an incredibly complex brew.
Visually this beer is stunning. It pours a monstrous head, has a deep golden color and a thick cloudiness. As soon as you see it you know your not getting into anything light. Also, the lacing down the glass is textbook.
With what should you pair it?: Smoked cheeses or meats would be great but really anything with a sweet and focused earthy flavor works.