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A Night in Brussels

Judges Rating: 
90
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This is an interesting concept beer that lovers of Belgian beers or IPAs will enjoy. Initially quite aromatic, with floral, perfumy American hops atop a peppery Belgian yeast character and subtle toasty malt. Bitterness seems subdued for an IPA, but spicy yeast character helps bring this beer curiously into balance. Fruity esters originate from both the hops and yeast, and lead to an intriguing combination: honeysuckle, chamomile, rosemary combine with stone fruit and hints of tropical fruit (mango, papaya) resulting in a complex flavor. Though this is an offbeat combination, it ends up as a well integrated blend of complimentary flavors that is definitely worth a try!

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