L'Ange Rouge
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
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4.24 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massively murky caramel brown with accents of amber and orange. One finger of golden beige colored foam was produced on the pour, lasted as long as most, and left loads of lovely looking lace. Unbroken sheets became thin rings as the beer fell with drinking.

As is usually the case, the aroma opened up and became more enjoyable with warming. It featured caramel malt, fruit and spice. This offering is actually called a 'Belgian-style dark red ale'. And that is exactly what it smelled and tasted like.

Ingredients include three varieties of caramel malt, malted rye, Vienna malt, Goldings and Mt. Hood hops, cane sugar and d'Achouffe yeast. Trust me, they all worked exceptionally well together, as evidenced by something that doesn't happen very often... a 'wow' first sip.

The complexity of the flavor profile was due (in large part) to a Belgian yeast strain that delivers a dizzying array of vibrant esters. Specifics included brown bread and rye toast drizzled with caramel, cidery apples, ripe banana, citrus zest and ground clove. Sweet, bitter and spicy were in perfect balance throughout each mouthful and the pint.

Mouthfeel quality was also obvious from the word 'go'. Its velvety smooth, mouthcoating creaminess was a real treat and the carbonation was without fault. Interestingly, it was better in the top half than the bottom half, something that doesn't happen every day.

L'Ange Rouge (The Red Angel) is a fitting name for this heavenly Belgian-style ale. This beer is proof positive (not that any more proof is required) that wdmrock is a masterful brewer who deserves much more recognition than he gets. I will gladly continue to drink whatever he creates, but I'm beginning to run out of superlatives.

Feb 22, 2010
L'Ange Rouge from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 2 ratings