Thursday, December 15, 2011

Winter Skal (2011)

Thanks to Joshua Schipp for bringing this back to the house last Friday for our (now) weekly beer tasting event. out of that assorted six pack I hadn't tried 4 of the beers, including Boulevard Zon, New Belgium BELGO, Argus reserve and one other. Tasted Monday morning while watching Dexter.

Appearance: Ambered with a soft frothy off white head, that in dim light takes on a grey appearance. Very clear and bright looking with a persistent carbonation rising from the bottom. Lacing covers all edges of the glass.
Aroma: Toasted and spiced with hints of cinnamon. Floral to say the least, along with an undertone of nuttiness. Some yeast character is present on the edge.
Taste: Toasted malt seems faint under the surprising appearance of a above average bitterness. The front complements a subtle maltiness, introduce the following of spiced herbalness and bittered tannic residue. Hops certainly are the dominant factor of this beer, as the also parallel a slight alcoholic flavor in the finish. Aftertaste is slightly reminiscent of grains and wood. Take a step back and you might perceive an earthy, squash-like character....interesting.
Mouthfeel: Bubbly but still harbouring a body to it. Clean and refreshing. Bubbles up a after a short time on the tongue and then foams down the throat. Finishes dry.
Overall Impression: Much different than last year? Eh, not really (but perhaps my palate has changed), but still packing some winter warmth and holiday spice. I do enjoy how drinkable this beer has remained though.


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