Belgian Amber | Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CrellMoset on 08-16-2009

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is reviewed from notes from the brewery. Served from the source into a pint glass. Note this should be more of a belgian pale then a dark. Does not really fit either category though.

Nice pour, medium amber in color with enough clarity to allow me to see copious streams of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface. Two fingers of white foamy head appear and quickly settle down leaving a decent amount of lacing, but a bare top after about a minute or so. Aroma is spicy, almost rye like at first with hints of pear, lemon zest, bready grains mixed in. Warming brings out a hint of peppery spice, but this does not carry over into the flavor. Warm, fruity yeast, light with pear and apple undertones and a light spiciness that can best be described as earthy and mellow. Light body that was amply carbonated had this thing going down like water on a 90 degree day, Smooth taste caramel coming through now as it warms and the final sips were of light, sweet malts and delicate fruit notes that seem to ease me back into reality.

Overall really very solid and nicely done. Good example of a rarely seen style.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belgian Amber, on tap at the brewery, and - according to the bartender - this one clocks in "between 6 and 6.5%." So, there you have it. Served in a traditional American pint glass for $4.

Appearance: Arrives a dark brownish amber-hued body (how's that for a random collection of adjectives), capped by one finger of fast-fading and tan head, leaving something to be desired. There is a persistent spongy collar, however, along with an erratic dusting of surface lacing. The side lacing is runny, blobby, and a little less sticky than I'd like.

Aroma: Definitely Belgian, with a lot of light and spicy phenols, recognizable spice notes (cloves, faint cinnamon), and a less prominent but still detectable wholesome roast, slightly caramelly.

Taste: Again, very phenolic and spicy, intensely so, to the point where it's distracting almost. A few faint fruity notes - cherries and peach, mainly - provide a faintly tart presence, accompanied by faint candi sugar and malty, caramelly, bread crusty malt notes, though it's honestly, on the whole, largely dry and quenching, particularly with the fruity tartness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, a quality augmented by the phenols, but also by the very fine bubbles and plentiful effervescence, in a dry, medium body, though it's also a little more uneven than I'd like.

Drinkability: The yeast strain on this one was crazy wicked spicy, and that's really my only complaint about what was otherwise an enjoyable, moderately complex, and relatively quaffable Belgian-styled amber. At 6-6.5%, I could probably have a few of these, and I imagine they'd make quite a pairing for some sort of spicy or intensely flavored dish - on its own, it's similarly enjoyable, but the phenols become overpowering too quickly.

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Belgian Amber from Pisgah Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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