Mike Castagno's picture


October, 2016


Judges Rating: 
19 / 24
4 / 6
36 / 40
5 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

This beer would be a great transition beer for those who tend to steer away from darker or fuller beers. The beer might segue a neophyte craft beer enthusiast from pale, light beers into the wonderful realm of darker, fuller flavored products without overpowering a delicate palate. There is plenty going on in this beer including notes of caramel, cardamom, mace, orange peel and biscuits. There is an array of red fruit in the flavor, pomegranate, dried cranberry and ripe red plum to name a few. Where this beer departs from the expectation is the lack of creamy, velvety texture as well as the head is not quite up to par with the Trappist versions. The body, which comes across as a bit thin and watery, lacks depth and carbonation. The alcohol is not quite as well hidden as might be expected for the style but that could be avoided by consuming this on the colder side of the spectrum. This would pair nicely with bacon wrapped dates or spicy buffalo wings.