Belgian Strong Ales are a great style but one that only pops up seemingly at random. Project Barley has recently released a dry hopped version that puts it all in a “bucket”, in this case a bomber bottle
I love the name of this beer (the label not so much, font is hard to read and the Andy Griffith thing is a little too effort) from Lazy Magnolia that they say has a ““Southern” infusion of Honeysuckle flowers.” BB pours a hazy orange yellow. Not much head here. Getting a phenolic aroma first that is typical for goldens and hefe’s . Banana and spice notes bring an almost muffin taste to this beer. It is both slick and viscous on the palate despite a nice burst of bubbles at the outset that I was not expecting. In the end, it was a little too cloying for me and I am also getting a discordant minor spice note stuck at the end. Don’t know if that is the “tea” or not.
I love the ideas and Southern-ness behind Lazy Magnolia and this beer though not a personal favorite is quite quaffable and certainly doesn’t stop me from wanting to try even more from this Mississippi brewery.
You get Poppaskull which the label describes as “a collaborative brew between Dogfish Head and Three Floyds. It’s a kinda-sorta Belgian-esque style golden ale fermented with a touch of green cardamom and 35% aged in oak brand barrels.”
…is a new year-round offering from Goose Island in Chicago. Initially brewed for stalwart regulars who kept the brewery afloat while construction was going on all around their building, it is now coming out in bottles. Here is their description…
“It’s brewed with Saaz and Styrian Golding hops for a grassy, citrus aroma and lots of the finest pale malt for a ‘honey’ malt middle and intense flavor.”
The 2nd in the Spontaneous Beer Tasting series….