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.
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.