Saturday, February 28, 2015
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Richmond, Virginia, United States
Belgian Pale Ale
Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and uninhibited, Hardywood Singel is a feat in balance. Sunshine golden with a fluffy head and a veil of Belgian ale yeast, Singel’s tropical fruit esters complement its spicy hop aromatics. Delicate in body, Singel’s mellow, dry finish culminates a truly ethereal experience. Hardywood Singel’s stylistic inspiration originates with the Trappist brewers of western Europe, who are often celebrated for their gloriously complex dubbels and tripels, and whose devotion to crafting heavenly libations is second to none. Unknown to many, some of the Trappist brewers also brew a milder ale for daily consumption within the walls of the monastery. Hardywood Singel is our interpretation of this style.
12oz Bottles: ~$12.00 6 pack
My friend Brad from the Richmond VA area was up this way for some training and brought up some regional beers. A few of these were Belgian Pale/Blond in style and I really do not want them to age any more than I have already. So It looks like a Belgian Pale night with three beers of a similar Belgian Pale style.
The first up of these three beers was Soul Shine from Starr Hill Brewery. Now we have Hardywood Singel and then I plan on finishing the evening with Devils Backbone Azrael. So let’s see what Hardywood Singel has to offer.
The beer pours a hazy straw yellow with golden hues and a rich bright white head.
The nose is nice and very inviting with pale malt aromas and wonderful notes of citrus along with a touch of floral hops.
Taste and Mouthfeel
Wow, what a great first sip; if I didn’t know where this was brewed I would have thought a Belgian Abbey for sure. The experience starts out with a touch of pale malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue followed by a smooth mouthfeel as the all rolls over the tongue in the middle of the sip. There is just a hint of hesitation at the top of the swallow. The finish is fantastic with great pale malt flavors on a yeasty body with clear finishing notes of citrus. The final aftertaste is of lingering Belgian yeasty notes.
What a nice American version of this style.
The mouthfeel is very deceiving; if you were not looking at the ale you would have thought it was a richer beer than it is. This is another testimony to capturing the subtle complexity of the Belgian style. Hat’s off to Hardywood for producing such an exquisite representation of a Belgian Single.
A | Hardywood Singel is one the best American versions of a Belgian style that I have ever had with its pale malt flavors, subtle complexities, finishing with yeasty notes and citrus giving tribute to the Abbey Single, Pale Ale.