Belgian Amber - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Damian:
3.2/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Drank on-tap at the Samuel Adams Brewery, Boston, MA
Served in a Samuel Adams tasting glass
Our tour guide described this beer as an experimental one-off that will not make it into the brewery's regular lineup of specialty offerings. As for the beer itself, it poured a near crystal clear, dark amber color and was topped by a tight, two-finger crop of bubbly, tan colored foam. The head had fantastic lasting strength and eventually faded to a thick cap. A patchy latticework of lacing coated the entire glass.
The nose was quite muted. The first thing I picked up were roasted chestnuts. A touch of malty sweetness was present as well. I might have detected hints of clove, but this was probably my imagination searching for some Belgian-like characteristics.
More of the same qualities appeared in the flavor profile. Again, roasted chestnuts dominated. Bit of caramel malt sweetness. Mild spice notes. Hints of earthy hops came through on the finish.
The mouthfeel was crisp and light with a lively, large bubbled effervescence.
I always love having the opportunity to sample experimental one-off beers during Sam Adams Brewery tours, but I definitely understand why this beer will not make it into production. This tasted more like an oddly smoky English-style amber ale than anything in the realm of Belgian-style beers.
Serving type: on-tap
01-09-2013 01:48:33 | More by Damian
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