Denied EntryMay 1, 2012
A dark copper colored, fruity tart Belgian-style
brown ale brewed with pomegranate and orange peel.
COLOR: Dark Copper
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: n/a
An aroma of yeasty notes of clove and bread, twists of brown sugar, and a hint of honey and oranges. The flavor is like that of a Belgian dark strong ale—sweet, spicy, rich—but the bitter pomegranate and orange zest put a contrasting curl to it, like vinegar in a sweet sauce. The finish doesn’t change—it’s more of the same—beckoning to the next sip. Tasty and interesting, complex and tantalizing: I’m drinking more just to think more about it.
- Lew Bryson
I wish this beer had some of its backstory on the label, which involved brewer Kissmeyer being refused at the US border, but as that might have inflamed the authorities, I suppose discretion is best. Almost red of hue, it has a tangy, fruity nose that speaks of its pomegranate component, and a sweetish, wonderfully balanced body that mixes fruitiness (citrus, plum, berry) with caramely and softly walnutty flavors without ever growing too sweet or at all cloying. A natural companion beer for venison or wild boar.
- Stephen Beaumont
Lew Bryson writes about beer and whiskey from his home in southeast Pennsylvania. He has a family and two dogs. That's all you need to know.
Once described as "beerdom's Brillat-Savarin," Stephen Beaumont is the author of five books and countless articles on beer, spirits, food, travel and how it all goes together.
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