Brewed by North Coast Brewing Co.
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Serve at 50-55°
Availability: Limited – brewed once
Enjoyed from a over-sized wine glass
A: Poured a perfectly clear golden hue with a tiny white head atop. Nice lacing and retention.
S: Nice balance of peach/apricot esters and a yeasty notes. Smells more like a white win than anything else. The agave provides a candied sugar or a rum-like touch.
T: Sweet, biting agave hits first and is followed by an obvious wave of spicy alcohol. The bourbon is low in the mix, but provides a familiar peppery flavor that stings the tongue as it travels south. Very subtle, but the mild molasses and oak notes give balance.
M: Medium-bodied with little carbonation. The alcohol is clearly in control here.
O: In the end I found this enjoyable. I would call it more of a dessert beer than anything; a sipper for sure. The agave provides a unique vibe, but I think the barrel component is mostly a wash. All in all, I wouldn’t mind keeping a bottle of this around.