Tag Archives: BPA

Orval Trappist Ale

29 Sep

Belgian Pale Ale

Rating: A+

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Pours a thick, fluffy white head that lasts for some time.  The color is a rich, cloudy amber.  Very pleasant aroma of spice (cloves), orange, malts and yeast.  The taste is very malty upfront, but gives way to a hoppy backbone with accents of fruit.  Medium bodied with high carbonation.  Surprisingly well-balanced.  The uncommonly high ABV at 6.7% is masked well without any astringency.  The dry, bitter finish ends on the roof of the mouth.  This was the first time that I had tried this beer and I would highly recommend it.  Extremely satisfying.

Harpoon Belgian Pale Ale

10 Sep

Belgian Pale Ale

Rating: B-

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Bright amber color.  A half-inch white head lingers briefly and leaves behind a thin lace.  The aroma is very piney and spicy with citrus and a bit of banana (almost like a Hefe) and other fruity undertones.  The taste is crisp, fruity and malty, but in typical American fashion, they slightly overdid it with the hops.  Light-medium body with very little carbonation.  The finish is sort of dry and the aftertaste hangs back by the tonsils.  Not particularly thrilled, but I would try it again.

De Koninck

5 Sep

Belgian Pale Ale

Rating: C+

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Clear gold/amber in color.  The head is thin and doesn’t last for long, leaving minimal lacing.  Unpleasant vegetal, mossy aroma with a bit of berry and spice.  I am fairly certain that the beer was out of date and so I will try not to be too harsh.  Light-medium body with a balanced carbonation.  The aftertaste is crispy, slightly dry and soapy.  I am jealous of those who were able to try it on tap.

Smuttynose Star Island Single

31 Aug

Belgian Pale Ale

Rating: C+

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Very blond to light gold in color.  Heavy small-bubbled white cloudy head, though the head fades quickly and leaves virtually no lacing.  Slightly unpleasant vegetal, crackery aroma with a hint of coriander.  Medium-medium light body.  The taste is very celery-like and citrusy initially.  The finish is full, yet much more watery than expected with an almost spicy backbone.  Very meh.