2 Crows Brewing Liesse – Belgian Pale Ale at 3.5% ABV | 13 IBU

2 Crows Brewing Liesse Belgian Pale Ale at 3.5% ABV | 13 IBU (C$3.91 at Liquid Assets YHZ, 473 ml, packaged on 7-Jun-2017, best before 31-Dec-2017, acquired 12-Nov-2017, reviewed 29-Nov-2017)

Appearance: clear deep gold with one fat finger of fluffy white head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: bright citrus, floral, pale malt, Belgian yeast, coriander, white pepper. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter, light spice. (8/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lightly spicy finish. (4/5)

Well, that’s quite nice – it starts out surprisingly bright, hoppy, and flavourful for such a low ABV, like a nice little APA. Then, as the pint progresses and it warms, something interesting happens: a little spiciness starts to take hold, and a coriander and white pepper note appears, almost like a Hefeweizen. They call it a Table Beer, but that characterization could fit any number of parent styles such as Saisons, Bières de Garde, or BPA’s. Given the Belgian yeast character, I’ve gone with the BPA designation here, but regardless of what you call it, it’s refreshing and drinkable all day long. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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