Friday, February 25, 2011

Hades Ale

A six pack I picked up while working at Binny's over Christmas break. Tasted it on numerous occasions, but this write up was Saturday night following one of our track meets.

Appearance: The beer exhibits a minimal head yet with a vigorous supply of carbonation continues to fuel its sustainment. Crystal golden clear while looking watery like a keystone. Head dissipates into a white ring.
Aroma: Pungent from the Belgian yeast. A little bit wheat with a mild spicing at the end as well as fruit. Dry ad crisp smelling but not from the hops.
Taste: Surprisingly sweet with a strong malt character - more so sugar additions leave a residual sweetness on the palate. Some apple esters and phenolic flavors (from Belgian yeast) and contributive wheat and citrus overtones. Other fruit flavors play off the sweetness and the characters from the Belgian yeast such as apricots and pears and other souring elements at the finish to parallel the spicing. Little hop character in this one.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation helps loosen up the feel creating a lighter body. Some spike at mid palate makes the beer very crisp overall.
Overall Impression: Very drinkable and refreshing aside from the higher end ABV. Complexity is impressive. Belgian yeast is the primary contributor to the beer providing both fruity pear character as well spicing and alcohol. Both sweet and spicy while remaining palatable and drinkable.


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