Tuesday, July 27, 2010

La Botteresse Ambree


La Botteresse Ambree
 

Brewed by:
Brasserie la Botteresse de Sur-les-Bois
Belgium

Belgian Pale Ale


8.50% ABV





Commercial Description:La Botteresse Ambree
    * Style: Spiced Amber Ale, refermentation in bottle
    * Abv: 8.5%
    * Format: 11.2 oz bottle
    * Color: cloudy amber, off-white head
    * Tasting Notes: sweet, spicy nose – pepper & caramel; sharp mouthfeel – caramel apple, sour cherries, black pepper
(12percentimports.com)
   
General Pricing:330 ml bottle, ~ $5:00

Background:Continuing my quest to sample anything and possibly everything 12 Percent Imports, Imports.   

Review:The bier pours a hazy dark amber with a fairly rich and lasting off white to tan head.

The nose is wonderful; sweet almost toasted caramel malt aromas with interesting spicy notes and also some yeasty notes. Roast Beef Dinner, sorry that’s what just popped into my head. This nose reminds me of a Roast Beef dinner.

We are starting this one at 48 degrees.

Wow, that was unexpected, not bad at all just unexpected. This beer definitely has a sour aspect to it that caught me a little off guard, especially since I was thinking of Roast Beef.

I’m trying to give you a play by play but I am being floored by each sip. This is a very unique bier with a lot going on. Let me try this again.

There is a sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue that is immediate replaced by a slight sourness. As you think the sourness is going to overwhelm it fades into a creaminess over the tongue in mid-sip. The back-end is sharp and crisp throughout the swallow. The finish is exceptional with spice, tartness and caramel malt sweetness all on that classic Belgian yeasty backbone. The final aftertaste is a lingering caramel malt tartness, very unusual. There is also an interesting creamy coating that is left throughout your mouth.

Man O Man this is a good Belgian Ale.
Yes, I am still thinking Roast Beef Dinner. I will have to pair this with a beef dinner and update the post. I’m thinking a chuck roast with carrots and potatoes. OK, now I’m getting hungry lets get back to the review.

This unique bier is just amazing. It has warmed almost to room temperature and it is even better than it was when cold. It has lost some of that sharpness but has gain a smoothness that was not there earlier.

Boy what a treat. This has been a great experience.

I’m going for a B+ or maybe an A- on this one. This has just been a great experience with one of the most unique biers. The bier has a little bit of everything going for it; it’s a little sweet, malty, tart, smooth and creamy, just a great experience.

If you’re looking or a nice treat try this bier. This is another Artisan experience found by 12 percent imports. I can’t wait to continue my 12 percent quest.

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