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Mandarin Nectar

March, 2016
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
5 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Clean, low aromas of water cracker, sulfur, white spring blossoms and candied lilac come through upon first whiff. As the ale warms, it gives off delightful aromas of candied orange peel pieces baked in naan bread. A low, fine white carbonation persists on the glass edge, and the beer displays a brilliantly clear pale golden color. The flavor starts like biting into a delicate and crispy Dutch waffle wafer with a light layer of caramel paste sandwiched in-between and then transitions into baked green pears coated in a delicate orange glaze. The aftertaste is crisp, dry, and mouthwatering with a very low complex rosemary and sage herbal quality. As good as the aroma is, it tastes even better than it smells. A low body, rounded waxy mouthfeel and honey notes make the ale seem fuller-bodied than it actually is. This is a delightfully complex and extremely tasty beer; seek it out wherever available.