I’m still at happy hour, celebrating my moving to a new position within our company. It’s been a great evening thus far, as I’ve enjoyed Bell’s Hopslam, New Belgium’s Belgo IPA, and St. Bernardus Abt 12. A couple of folks at the table had been enjoying this beer, so I thought I’d finish off the evening by giving this one a try. I’d seen the corked and caged bottles at the liquor store, but haven’t tried many of their beers before.
Location: Enjoyed a draft beer in a glass snifter, at Medici in Normal, IL.
Numbers: 8.5% ABV, ~ 255 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: As you can see, it was brown and pretty cloudy with a decent sized tan head on it. The head left some nice lacing as I continued to drink the beer. The aroma was lightly caramel and malty.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium to full and the mouthfeel was fairly smooth and creamy with a slight tingle from the carbonation. The taste is lightly sweet and malty with some fruitiness up front. In the middle, there were hints of breadiness mixed with the growing fruitiness. It finished with a little bigger dark fruit and bready flavor, which lingered a little bit in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: The caramel and fruity flavors go quite nicely together in the beer, but it makes for a difficult food pairing for me. To complement both flavors, I think it would go well with a roasted pork loin with apple and spices. I also thought it might go very nicely with an apple and gruyère grilled cheese sandwich.
Overall Impression: This was a very drinkable beer with an interesting mix of complex flavors. I was surprised at the lightness and smoothness of this beer, as it went nicely with the light malty and fruity flavors. It was very hard not to compare this to the St. Bernardus Abt 12 I just had, but they were both, very, very nice beers.