Ermal's Belgian Style Cream Ale

Warped Wing Beer Ermal's Belgian Style Cream Ale
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
82
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Summer. 1959. A picnic. Ermal Fraze, a kindly tool-and-die man, wrapped his calloused hand around an ice-cold, flat-top can of beer and asked, "Anybody bring a can opener?" To his horror, no one replied, "Yes." Out of the ashes of this indignity, Ermal rose like a phoenix. And later, the pop-top can, whish is still used today. Grab a can of Ermal's Belgian Style Cream Ale. Its light, creamy body. Mild spice accents. And a symphony of citrus notes. They're inside. So let them out.

Profile

ABV: 
5.4%
IBUs: 
20
Judges Review 
Sandy Cockerham's picture
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Warped Wing Brewing’s Ermal’s Belgian-Style Cream Ale poured out medium gold and was lightly hazy with a fine, moderately sized white head that lasted a minute or two. The medium-low estery aroma was very inviting. I perceived a light note of sulfur and some light spicy tones that seemed like they could have been coriander-derived. All of this was intermingled with a medium-low bready malt character.

In the flavor, Ermal’s offered medium, bready/doughy malt with a light grainy quality at the finish. Bitterness clocked in at medium-low and there was a very low floral hop flavor as well. I also noted some low citrusy flavors that seemed to be spice-derived, and, again, it seemed like there might have been some coriander in the spice mix, but it was not heavy-handed. The beer had an earthy dustiness at the finish, medium body and carbonation and it finished with a slight hint of tartness that was refreshing. At the very back of the finish was a low, lingering astringency and very slightly warming alcohol notes.

This was a very pleasant, doughy beer with light spicing that came across as slightly citrusy. This would be an easy summertime drinker and great for the ballpark or the golf course.