Friday, January 25, 2013

The Dark Side of Belgian Beers

I'm not the biggest dan of dark beers, but from time to time you can also find some good ones... the following are a little range of those... and I liked them...

St. Bernardus Abt 12

Intensive flavors of caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar and bread. Perfect mouthfeel, extremely smooth and the carbonation was not overwhelming, hard to believe that it has 10 % of alcohol... very well embedded... refreshing and pleasant.

Grimbergen Optimo Bruno

Rich fruity aroma with notes of bananas, yeast and dried fruits with a considerable note of alcohol. The taste has a fruity sweetness with aromas of banana, yeast, bread and dried fruit, slightly sour too. Rich and complex. Mild aftertaste of dried fruit with some aicd.

Millevertus McVertus

Good smell... some roasted malt, exotical fruits... then the first sip: hrmmm... a lil bit "watery", less intensive in the taste than you would expect. Decent maltiness, some slightly hints of burnt wood... but that's it. Pleasant to drink @ 4.8 % and creamy in the mouth. A Belgian lightweight.

Scotch Silly

Yeast, caramel malt, some muted fruit, a hint of raisins as well. Pretty close to the nose on this brew. No hint of the 8% ABV at all, even in the aftertaste, which is very malty...

Arend Dubbel

The aroma is very sweet: mostly brown sugars and maple syrup. The sweetness on the tongue is not as strong as the smell suggests but there's a strong maple syrup presence. No hop at all. Surprisingly it seems to be stronger than it really is... on the whole: not too bad at all.