Thursday, May 20, 2010
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Commercial Description:10% vol.alc. – re-fermented and bottle-conditioned Full bodied, medium strong, gold coloured beer, with a rich honey-like texture, and a pleasant warming, slightly hoppy-dry lingering aftertaste
General Pricing:750ml bottle, ~ $12.00
Background:Another Unknown: This is actually research for my next Belgian Event. I was looking over the keg availability list and noticed this bier. I have never had it so I figured I would review it and evaluate its potential for John’s Second Annual Craft Beer Event, which will be on September 25th this year but more on that later, we have a bier to review.
Review:The bier pours a slightly cloudy. pal golden straw color with a rich bright white head.
Oh man, that’s a nice nose. There are light malt aromas with fruity esters, a slight hop presence and all of that is riding on a nice Belgian yeasty background. This is an exceptionally inviting nose.
NICE, VERY NICE! Sweet malts up front on the tip of the tongue then the most pleasant effervescence in mid-sip. There is also a nice building yeastiness throughout the middle of the sip. The back-end is very interesting. The effervescence seems to increase through the swallow. It is also a very light and refreshing back-end. The finish is very crisp and dry. I assume most of that is from the alcohol but that is one aspect of this bier that is really hard to detect. It is really hard to believe that this is 10%. The final aftertaste is light with citrus notes and some of that yeasty background also hangs around.
There is a slight bloatiness to this bier due to the high carbonation.
I am pleasantly surprised by this bier. I really did not know what to expect and I am pretty much floored. It’s cool to be surprised by a good bier like this. You feel like you discovered a winner and now what to share that news with everyone.
This is really a delicious bier. What a great find.
The head is still hanging in there; it has diminished to a thick protective layer over the top of the bier with a decent ring around the edge of the glass.
I neglected to get a starting temperature but we are now at 60 degrees. I’m not sure if it’s the temperature or if the bier is just off gassing but the mouthfeel is much creamier now. Also the nose is much maltier than it was when it was colder.
The final sip was at 67 degrees and very fine indeed.
This is rally a good straight up Belgian Pale Ale and a strong one at that. I’m still struggling with the 10% thing. There may have been a slight detection of alcohol on that final sip but other than that you cannot detect the alcohol in the brew.
I’m going to settle for a B+ on this one. It is an excellent Belgian Pale. There is nothing over the top about it is just a good Belgian Pal.
I highly recommend this bier to anyone that is interested in trying a good Belgian Pale. There is nothing extreme or offensive about his bier. It should be appearing to a wide audience of beer drinkers.