Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Hoppy – Belgian Pale Ale at 6.5% ABV

Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Hoppy Belgian Pale Ale at 6.5% ABV (C$10.80 at Sherbrooke Liquor, 750 ml, best before 3-Aug-2016, reviewed 3-Apr-2016)

Appearance: clear medium gold with one fingers of fluffy white head, excellent retention and patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: apple and pear, pale malt, bready yeast, grassy, citrus rind. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter, mild tart. (6/10) Palate: medium-light body, prickly to moderate sustained carbonation, and an off-dry mildly bitter and lightly tart finish. (3/5)

A bit like a sweetish tripel. Not really all that hoppy, and what hops there are come through as an almost vegetal or grassy spiciness in the finish. A straightforward golden blond, reasonably pleasant, with nothing to really recommend or reject it. (13/20)

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