Belgain Style Amber Ale
91 Bon Secours Ambree, Brasserie Caulier (Belgium). 8% ABV (5/07)
Hazy amber color. Fruity caramel, warm molasses and roasted nut aromas. A round entry leads to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body of apple nut pie, treacle and savory nut flavors. Finishes with a long, warming, charred nut and black strap molasses fade.
85 Royal Grolsch Amber Ale, Grolsch Bierbrouwerij (Holland). 5.3% ABV (4/08)
Deep tan to light rust in color. Nice woody and sweet nose with hints of caramel, apple wood and marshmallow. Nice wisps of lace left on glass. Soft entry on the palate delivering an apple-like fruitiness with nice touches of caramel and burnt sugar. Lingering notes of raw sugar are replaced by striking hints of bitterness that are a tad cloying and a bit out of balance. Starts out as a session beer and ends a touch bitter—would work well with an aged gouda perhaps.