Monday, October 17, 2011

Flying Dog Table For Two

Table For Two

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Fredrick, Maryland, USA

Belgian Pale Ale

5.00% ABV

Commercial Description:
It’s a Maryland collaboration for the ages with Flying Dog Brewery and The Brewer’s Art coming together to create Table for Two — a Belgian-style Table Beer brewed with wildflower honey. Table for Two’s sweet honey aroma and flavor complements its complex biscuit malt tones and spicy, fruity yeast notes. At 5% ABV, its clean, dry finish lends itself to (dare we say) ultimate quaff-ability for our hot and humid East Coast summers. This Flying Dog and The Brewer’s Art and collaboration will be available at The Brewer’s Art and in select mid-Atlantic retailers beginning in July. Hops: Brewers Gold, Styrian Goldings Specialty Malts: French Pilsner, Cara-Vienna, Rye, Biscuit Format: 6-packs

I just picked this one up on a whim to review.

The beer pours a clear golden yellow with copper hues and a white head.

The nose is almost skunky with pilsner type malt aromas and light hops. There is also a unique earthiness to the nose.

Wow, that was not very good. I’m not sure how this is a Belgian table beer, it’s more like a bad American version of a Belgian IPA.

So let me attempt a play by play. There is a light malt sweetness up front then a cleansing effervescence  over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end starts out very easy drinking but there is a building bitterness during the swallow. There is bitterness and an earthiness on the finish. There are confusing taste that do not blend well together. There is a lingering bitterness and a yeasty earthiness on the final aftertaste.

All and all I am not very impressed with this beer. It has some Belgian flavors but there is no complexity and it is overly hopped for a Belgian Pale.

We are at 65 degrees now and it’s not only bitter but it’s picking up some off flavors as well.

A rating of a C is about the best I can do on this one. I’m not sure what they were going for but this is not a good representation of a Belgian Pale ale.

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