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Modus Mandarina

October, 2015
Judges Rating: 
89
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

This beer pours a very pretty deep amber with a nice fluffy beige head that sticks around and produces a pleasant Belgian lacing on the sides of the glass. The first impression when raising this beer to your nose is of an orange grove -- a big orange juice and zest character, as well as an earthy forest floor-like mossy character with hints of freshly mown grass. Taking a sip, the orange from the aroma comes through very nicely in the flavor with the orange zest oils more prominent. A moderately toasty and bread crust malt backbone helps support the substantial bittering into a very dry finish.

Since the beer is quite dry and bitter, it would pair nicely with a Chinese chicken dish served with sweet-and-sour sauce or duck sauce – the oranges complementing the flavors, and the bittering helping to cut the sweetness of the food.

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