This has sat in the fridge for quit some time now, as I made sure to save it for a review. Great River and I have been trading beer the past couple months, so I can stay updated on their new additions, and they can experience what New Holland offers. Tasted Tuesday afternoon while researching anything I can learn about barrel aging and sours.
Aroma: Pungent with a soft Belgian candy sugar sweetness backed by a peppery zing at the end. Obviously, the Belgian yeast holds a dominant character in the scent. Some lemon-peppery character draws out from the European hops. Goldings?
Taste: Softly sweet but with a burst of crisp lemon-pepper spice to bite of the malt and continue in a very refreshing manner. Faint bread notes make up the primary malt contributions in the foretaste. The finish is slightly floral but pushing a slight citrus too. Phenols are medium to high with brief undertones of banana and clove.
Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth in feel, as the carbonation melds ideally with the beer creating a very soft texture as the beer rolls over the tongue. Medium bodied initially, but lightens as the AA and dryness of the yeast attenuation dry out the palate.
Overall Impression: My estimation: Similar to the Dirty Blonde, a lot of 2-row, upping the hops and pitching with a different yeast. Fantastic! My only problem with it was the alcohol. Though I'm unsure of it's exact ABV I feel a bit tipsy after one. What the hell, Paul? Where's the Golden Session?