This classic brew pours a medium burnt-sienna color, with a substantial beige head that shows excellent retention. Yeasty, spicy aromas are front and center, with immediate wafts of caramel-drizzled baked apple, dark plum and toasted malt that mingle with an apparent vinous-like raisin note. Full bodied, the mouthfeel is flavorful and complex, as the palate offers flavors of Demerara sugar, apple pie, caramelized figs and light toffee. Medium carbonation helps to keep the rich profile from feeling too heavy or slick, while the finish boasts subtle hints of sweet wood and leather. Overall, this is a well-balanced and robust brew that's sure to age well for the next 3–5 years from bottling (refer to product label).
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
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Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).