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Cali-Belgique

Judges Rating: 
96
Aroma: 
24 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
39 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

The interplay of the Belgian and American markers, where each element takes turns being more prominent in the drinking progression, is excellent in this golden beer. The aroma brings a wonderful blend of pine resin, earthiness, pepper, grapefruit and lemon zest. There are a lot of hop and yeast aromatics with just a hint of alcohol and malt. The flavor tastes more Belgian than anything else before a very bold American IPA jumps out and starts hitting the palate. The finish is dry, bold, and heaven if you are an IBU hound. The aftertaste again revives the Belgian connection with a reprise of earth, pepper, and zest. The multiple layers of aroma and flavors were superb.

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