I picked this next beer up at Top Shelf Lq in Courtenay the other day, but I was somewhat hesitant. In truth, the label art on the Pretty Things beers kind of creeps me out. The labels are written and designed by the husband and wife team at Pretty Things. I realize that they are trying to be artistic and cute, but to me it just comes off unsettling. I figured that the 9.0% ABV of this beer would help to assuage my fears so I brave on.
This beer pours to a opaque maple syrup colour with a thin creamy head. It smells sour and yeasty. Initially this beer tastes quite malty, and then the sour bitterness comes in at the end of it. This beer is a belgian styled beer, a quadrupel. You really taste the sour Belgian yeast in this beer. It has a nice balance of sour and malt.
Beeradvocate had this to say about that style of beer
“Inspired by the Trappist brewers of Belgium, a Quadrupel is a Belgian style ale of great strength with bolder flavor compared to its Dubbel and Tripel sister styles. Typically a dark creation that ranges within the deep red, brown and garnet hues. Full bodied with a rich malty palate. Phenols are usually at a moderate level. Sweet with a low bitterness yet a well perceived alcohol. ” http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/142
Here’s the link to the The Baby Tree page of the Pretty things website http://www.prettythingsbeertoday.com/wp/our-beers/baby-tree/
Leapbeer #142 is Baby Tree Quadruple by Pretty Things Beer of Cambridge Massachusetts
The structure of the posts is going to start to change over the next course weeks here. I’m going to do some posts of reviews but others of actual information I’m learning about beer. I’ve done brewery tours in the past, however I’ve never really delved into the process involved in making beer. I plan to use my posts as a way of documenting my beer education.
As always your suggestions and comments are welcomed and encouraged. Thanks for reading and enjoy responsibly.