Tasted Saturday afternoon after my first half marathon in over a year (actually 1 year exactly). I pumped out a 1:12:45 and came home exhausted (8 mile bike to the starting line and then home from the finish...) in the pouring rain. Took a hot shower and passed out for 2 hours. I woke up and chugged a growler, topping some carb intake with this...
Aroma: A bit yeasty, as well as notes of esters. Surprisingly there is a lot of caramel maltiness that falls on the bordering side of diacetyl. Some spice lingers in the back half. Maybe some clove.
Taste: Starts squarely malty, but is quick to develop into a fruity grain flavor in conjunction with a strong yeast presence. Pears and even papaya are noted. Finally in the finish, I can draw a note of coriander, as well as a residual caramel and faint spiciness.
Mouthfeel: Thicker mouthfeel with a lower level of carbonation that primarily occurs in the second half. The large malt presence thickens the texture while the Belgian-esk yeast tends to dry out the finish.
Overall Impression: Interestingly, there was a lot going on in this beer, but nothing to what I was expecting from the label. I was unsure of this beer especially when pouring such a dark hue when the beer is clearly labeled a "Blonde." Nevertheless, props for balance.