Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company Belgian-Style Black Ale – Belgian Ale at 5.6% ABV | 30 IBU

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company Belgian-Style Black Ale Belgian Ale at 5.6% ABV | 30 IBU (C$7.95 at Andrew Hilton Wine & Spirits, 600 ml, packaged on 19-Jan-2018, acquired 18-Jun-2018, reviewed 19-Jun-2018)

Appearance: clear ruby brown with two fingers of fluffy mocha head, good retention and moderate stringy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: dark chocolate, roasty malt, toasted bread, molasses. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, mild spice. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry moderate bitter slightly metallic finish. (3/5)

“Belgian-Style”, huh? Belgium has many styles of beer, so that doesn’t exactly narrow things down much, does it? Mind you, that’s not too far off the mark, since the character actually is all over the place. There are hints of Belgian Strong here, as well as Saison and Schwarzbier. Nowhere near as heavy as it looks, which isn’t necessarily a criticism, but the slight metallic note is a definite negative, albeit a small one. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze

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