Even tight head with solid cling to edge of glass. Belgian aroma and complicated spice profile. A lot going on.
Look, dark brown- clearly brown. Possibly hazy, hard to tell because it's so dark brown. I think it looks great, but I'll mark that hazy as a minor minus.
Incredibly spicy, but not intense. A lot, but not overwhelming. That Belgian "twang", it's hard to describe. I don't have a lot of experience with black currants, lemon leaves, hibiscus, and elderberry. I know I like it. It's pretty amazing.
Pours beyond cloudy as not light penetrates the liquid. Huge, off-white foam fills half of the Cigar City snifter while lasting. Lacing begins quickly creating a thick, sticky residue that lasts the entire drink.
Aroma is complex. Currants, cherries, and seemingly other dark fruits abound. Tart is there and prevalent, almost barn yard in quality. Sweetness, white grapes, and even apples come through.
Taste is more complexity. There is a sweetness behind the tart that comes through. Currant and cherries have strong flavors, especially in the middle for the cherries, including some lemon citrus. The end has tart, sweetness that lingers a bit with a currant and/or earthiness.
Medium body with a zestful carbonation that dries the palate. 10% alcohol really doesn't show through at all.
A very interesting beer. Maybe a bit on the sweet side but that might be a low point. I only bought one bottle but could have definitely gone for another one or three. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Monday, July 11, 2011 at 12:09:32
Tasted: Monday, July 11, 2011
$9.99 for 750 ml bottle
One fine body…
A beer of high gravity made for those of you who have enjoyed Florida-born, Belgian-influenced ales brewed with elderberry flowers, hibiscus flowers, locally foraged lemon leaves and black currants many, many times in the past. And who hasn't? This beer was designed and brewed in collaboration with our buddy and Beer Hero, Bob Sylvester of Saint Somewhere Brewing.