Belô Ipê

Belo IPE Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Creamy ruby-brown color with solid lacing. Aged with wood chips marinated in Brazilian cachaça—a spirit made from sugarcane juice. Tropical Fruits, truffles, figs, creme brulee and a smack of dried fruit aromas. Great head retention, medium carbonation. Smoothy and full-bodied with a long pleasant finish.

Profile

ABV: 
11.0%
Judges Review 
Rick Franckhauser's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Big alcohol notes, including some fusel, come up in the initial aroma. Fortunately, the rum and dried fruit esters overcome the alcohol and are joined by caramel malt. A faint and rather nondescript spicy phenol peeks through as it warms up. This beer pours a somewhat hazy deep copper color with a light beige, creamy head. The head drops quickly to a thin layer, but it still manages to linger all the way to the last sip.

Caramel malt sweetness is joined by Cachaça, some raisin and a touch of dried apricot in the flavor. The alcohol combines with the slightly spicy phenols to aid in balancing the malt sweetness. A note of oak and a fleeting roast aspect sneaks in at the finish. Perhaps the coriander is part of the spice, but it never seems distinctly identifiable as such. The beer is sufficiently complex for a Belgian Quad but could benefit from increased carbonation to help bring out a more nuanced flavor profile. It's still a little boozy, but delicious and smooth enough to remain dangerously easy to drink. 

Brewery Introduction

Brothers Tiago and Jose Felipe Carneiro started early, brewing alongside their father as teenagers. They are a passionate duo, with ideas and techniques far off the beaten path. Their brewery is located in the city of Belô Horizonte and was the first in the country to feature a tasting room. It... Read More

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