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Loving Cup

Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Southbound Brewing Co’s. Loving Cup is an interesting take on the traditional Saison style. This light golden-colored slightly hazy brew with an impressive head exhibits the appearance and the Belgian fermentation character that's expected of the style. A mildly earthy and slightly tart Brettanomyces note is evident in the background of the aroma and flavor that complements the overall package. In addition, an assertive hop rate delivers a passion fruit/tropical fruit character in the aroma, complex earthy/barnyard notes in the flavor, and a moderate hit of bitterness from the middle all the way to the desirably dry finish. The overall impression is of a refreshing, deliciously complex, funky fusion of a Belgian Saison with an American Pale Ale. Well worth a try for both Belgian-style and American-style beer lovers!  Cheers and enjoy!