Ding Points: 60.50
Pour: 60.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 60.00
Thanks go out to @lnashsig for the chance to try this.
Opened in 2008, Freetail Brewing Co. states, ‘Free your mind and your tail will follow‘, which is alarmingly similar to the much more recent tagline by Burnt Hickory Brewing of, ‘Free your mind and your glass will follow‘. Anyway, both are cheesy.
22 oz bottle. Mid to dark golden body with a pretty small head. Not much retention, not a great deal of lace. Average looking.
It’s quite a heavy beer with some viscous feel about it. Paradoxically, the beer looks a little light in the glass, with some large bubbled carbonation and wispy feel about it. Odd.
Nose offers largely what one would expect, with a alcohol laced, mild spice note.
Sugary sweet, with a few phenolic notes, the yeast is unmissable in the taste and the beer sits close to, if not firmly in the style – despite the brewery confusingly calling this a “Belgian-Style Golden Strong‘! A little slick in the mouth, but with the alcohol content and the (approximate) style, that’s OK. A touch of peppery spice in there too, but to be honest it is largely overwhelmed by the sweetness and the alcohol.
The pilsner malts, the honey-like elements and the spice that the label mentions are all detectable, but just don’t really add up to much beyond the sugar. The yeast element is stronger and does shine through, so that is a plus, but it seems to be fighting a losing battle against the residual sugar. The beer almost seems under-attenuated.
Truthfully the beer is just a little too big, and even thought all of the ingredients are present, they just don’t seem to mesh together at all well. There’s no issue with a big beer in this style, but somehow the beer seems all about size and much less about how those parts might fit together. Potential, but not quite there for me.
Other: 8.7%, 28 IBU, Belgian Strong Pale Ale.