Mocha Belgique - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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3.74/5 rDev -4.3%
seven-fifty from the Caboose, Ashland
a: served in a st. bernie chalice, mocha belgique pours a deep chocolate brown in color with a low head that soon disappears
s: aromatic, strong but smooth iced coffee nose with a firm note of semisweet chocolate, medium tones of banana and clove, some underlying malt sugar, nice with a high quality coffee addition
m: carbonation low to nearly nonexistent, medium to medium-full body, smooth
t: follows closely along with the nose, showing a smooth, flavorful coffee addition blended through a firm roasted malt body, touches of sugar, and hints of yeasty esters and spice
o: it's an odd combination, but it works nicely, worthwhile
09-01-2013 19:59:36 | More by blackie
District of Columbia
4.28/5 rDev +9.5%
From 750mL C&C bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 7/9/12
-- Thanks to lekkerdoc for hookin' me up --
A: Cleanish brown in hue, not too dissimilar from a cup of black joe. A straight pour yields a two finger mocha colored head. The retention is solid. Decent lacing and collar follow.
S: Not what I was expecting, yet it's certainly pleasing to the nostrils. I'm getting a lot more Belgian yeast then anything else here. Hints of milk chocolate covered bananas and saccharin. Not much coffee to speak of in the bouquet.
T: I'm really digging this. It's like a booze filled cafe-au-lait. Coffee, dusty sugar-like sweetener, milky chocolate, green grass. The finish is mature and balanced. Beyond tasty, and something that's a pleasure to return to, sip after sip.
M: Like all of Hardywood's brews, this is a bit more bubbly then I'd like. After having sampled plenty of their beers, I've got to assume this carbonation situation stems from their house/Westmalle yeast. Their Mocha Belgique is medium bodied and fairly creamy. As it warms and I swirl the beer, the overly aggressive carbonation wears off, and it becomes a bit more viscous.
O: Another winner from Hardywood. I had this on tap at SAVOR and wasn't wowed by it. Yet in this specific bottle, I've found one of the most creative American Porters around. Complex, and more then anything delicious. An easy recommendation.
07-10-2012 04:22:53 | More by Rhettroactive
Mocha Belgique from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.