GREAT DIVIDE BELGICA – CASK CONDITIONED

NOTES: Beer Engine @ J. Clyde in Birmingham

STYLE: Belgian IPA

ABV: 7.2%

APPEARANCE: Pale, cloudy yellow

HEAD: Bright white, sudsy, frothy, and fades quickly

LACING: Big chunks of lace cling hither and yon on the glass

NOSE: The cask-conditioning greatly subdued the hop forward aroma which actually leaves the brew smelling more like a Saison than a Belgian IPA. There’s still a good amount of floral aroma and a hit of lemon zest, but they’re much more muted than expected. Instead the funky farmhouse nose from the yeast and a the sweet, clean aroma of pilsner malts are the major players.

TASTE: Same as the nose…the hop bitterness you expect from a Belgian IPA has been greatly reduced in the cask. Instead, it’s a muddled, but very pleasant blend of sweet, pale malts, grassy pilsner flavor, mustiness, a touch of pepper and spice, and a little citrus in the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Frothy and light-bodied, unusual, but not unwelcome for the style.

DRINKABILITY: Quite high. The cask probably dampened a lot of the best parts of the Belgica, but it left a highly drinkable, very refreshing brew.

RATING: 3 Hops

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