Invocation - Wild Heaven Craft Beers
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3.41/5 rDev -13.7%
Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a classic tulip. No freshness date evident. Received from good friend Erinn on his family's recent stop-over through Charlottesville -- thanks friend in hops.
A: Slightly murky peach with solid, 1-finger of ivory, foamy head with decent retention and a reasonable collar of lace around the top.
S: Aroma is a bit solventy and mineral but some light fruits like apple and pear poke through. The hoppiness is pretty grassy, a little minty, and herbal with a little bit of lemon there too. The grain character doesn't really make it close to the front like this style should. The peppery spicines of the yeast esters are in there and bring some phenolic twang to the aroma that doesn't mix too well with the minor malt aroma. There are also some bubble gum/candy esters which don't really work well.
T: The flavor is a little to muddled and not committal enough with too much going on and nothing really moves to the front. The fruitness (pears, golden apples) is the most immediate but gives way to some more yeasty esters and some more steely, solventy alcohols. The spiciness and peppery nature of the yeast component is very strong and overwhelms and muddies this beer substantially. The grain character is still pretty absent, a signature in Duvel and other classic BSGAs. The hoppiness is lost in the esters with some minty, herbal qualities but not enough to push the beer ahead. The bitterness is medium but equal parts hops and alcohol bitterness.
M: Not as light and drinkable as the top-tier and definitely starts to get a little thicker on the palate than it should with a little warming. The carbonation is medium and should be higher.
O: Not a bad stab but has quite of few improvements including less hoppiness, less solventy, hot alcohols, a little more subdued spicy, peppery phenolic yeast profile while preserving a complex yeast ester palette, and a more up-front pilsner grain character. Not one of Wild Heaven's better beers.
07-28-2014 04:27:40 | More by argock
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
big thanks to barrelandzachary for sending this my way along with a slew of others from this brewery (including some draft only offerings and properglassware).
Enjoyed from a wild heaven snifter.
a - brew poured a deep murky orange with a generous two fingers plus of frothy foamy head that was massive and chunky and left huge milkshake like lacing on the glass. head had really nice retention.
s - nose is fairly classic to style and on the sweet side (which is amazing since this is brewed without sugar). bubblegum and bananan...belgian sugar, some sweet grain.
t - a bit more spicey than the nose suggested...reminiscent of the trader joe beers that unibroue brews for TJs. again, big banana and bubblegum but tempered with white pepper, safe, and clove. a bit heavy on the pepper.
m - not as creamy as authentic BSPA, but above avg for an american take. heavy carbonation without being overdone.
o - overall, not a bad BSPA but far from the top...a bit too spicey for my tastes and seems to be a borderline tripel lite. ok but my least fav of the 4 beers i got to try from thus fine brewery.
01-20-2014 23:58:09 | More by cosmicevan
Invocation from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
88 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.