3 Sheeps Brewing Company Rebel Kent – Amber Ale at 5% ABV | 23 IBU

3 Sheeps Brewing Company Rebel Kent – Amber Ale at 5% ABV | 23 IBU (2019 Craft Beer Advent Calendar #3, 355 ml, packaged on 18-Jul-2019, acquired 22-Nov-2019, reviewed 3-Dec-2019)

Appearance: clear medium amber with a short loose ivory head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, minimal spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: caramel/toffee, bready yeast, spicy rye, light berries. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-low bitter, light spice. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-low carbonation, sweetish medium duration bitter lightly spicy finish. (4/5)

Not sure what the hell a Kentish Amber from Sheboygan has to do with Belgium or Advent, but fine, let’s just roll with it. (Turns out it uses Belgian yeast and is modelled after the Abbey Single style. Why, then, they called it Rebel Kent is still a mystery to me.) Unsurprisingly, this is (almost) all about the malt, but there’s a nice little rye edge that stops it from becoming excessively cloying, as well as a little complexity in the form of red berries. Pleasant and slightly Winter Warmer-ish, so fine, let’s say it’s Advent-appropriate. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze

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