Thursday, May 6, 2010
Van De Korenaar
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
* Style: Strong Wheat Ale, refermentation in bottle
* Alcohol Content: 8%/vol
* Format: 11.2 oz bottle, 20L kegs
* Color: dark ruby, dissipating off-white head
* Tasting Notes: fennel, clove, star anise, roasty, dry finish (ratebeer.com)
330ml bottle, ~ $6.50
Bier Cabinet Spring Cleaning Continues. This is another bier imported by 12 Percent Imports. So far every one I’ve had from 12 Percent have been exceptional brews. I don’t know anything about this one so let’s get this review started.
The bier pours a slightly cloudy dark amber with ruby hues and an off white head.
Sweet toasted malts on the nose, along with a nice hop aroma and a unique dryness, is that’s possible on the nose? Whatever that is I can’t quite put my finger on it. It’s dry like alcohol but it also somewhat spicy.
This is very unique. I’m not getting the wow factor but it is still very unique. This bier has a very unique robust toasted, almost smoky malt flavor. I’ve never tasted this in a Belgian before. Let me try a play by play.
Sweet toasted malts up front on the tip of the tongue then a building robust malty flavor in mid-sip. There is also a noticeable lack of effervescence in mid-sip. The back-end through the swallow is roasted malt bitterness along with a unique spicy note. The spice on the end of the swallow carries through to the finish. The finish is very dry for a Belgian. It is also laden with that roasted spice, whatever that is. The final aftertaste is a toasted malt and spice. The toasted/roasted malt has a very pleasant almost smoky flavor in the final aftertaste.
Hats off to 12 Percent again; this is another very unique Belgian.
The smoky flavor is becoming more predominate as the bier warms. This is. a very good ale. The more I drink it the more I love the unique malt flavors.
I’m not sure what to give this unique brew. This is another one of those 12 percent imports that does not fit a solidly into a category. Regardless of category this is a solid B maybe a B+. I really have to feel that wow factor to go for an A and I didn’t get that from this one. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this bier; it is well worth looking for. This bier has a very unique smoky quality to it, an almost German quality.
I do recommend this bee to anyone that is looking for something different. It’s is on the robust side so it’s not for everyone.
Another unique Belgian; thank you 12 Percent Imports, I can’t wait to try the next one.