Brugge Splugge
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Pale Ale - Belgian
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3.43 | pDev: 9.04%
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
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3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Its curious how both lighter and darker colored Belgian ales have often garnered respect, but outside of the random Unibroue Maudite or Koningshoeven, the 'in between' genre of Amber is lacking in exploration. Thanks to Against the Grain, we get another peek into what's possible with Belgian Amber Ales.

As the ale pours with the expected rusty, brownish red hue, it pushes forth an unfiltered yeasty haze that's boastful of its unadulterated character. As a delicate and creamy head character emerges, its a far cry from the highly effervescent look of champagne. Instead, its ivory froth is short statured, fast fleeting and trails lightly with lace. Its a calmer appearance than is expected from the ales of Brugge.

Characterful aromas are mild but varying- caramel, nuts, light toast and fresh kilned grain highlights the beer's aromatic malt contrubutions. But a middle of red apple, dates, figs, faint citrus, rose wine, dark berries and cherries allows the yeast's ester profiles to shine. Not to be outdone, a balance of fresh cracked peppercorn tickles the nose as the first sip ensues.

Its taste is mid-dry and showcases a freshly toasted taste of bread crust, pecan, cooked caramel and hearty barley. But those semi-dark sweetnesses stem into both vinous and estery fruits: dark, dried and pitted varieties are savory, hearty in its sweetness and carry an earthy taste that's similar to raisins, figs, plumbs, and dates. Lightly winey, its acidity brings the sweetness and fruit together. A finish of pepper spice, light cinnamon and clove can be tasted although it is faint.

Medium-light in body- the ale sheds its early creaminess, far ahead of its dryish finish. This leaves the middle with an extended lightness that can be seen as thin and watery. But as the ale concludes, its spice and acidity facilitates alcohol warmth to arrive at a semi-dry finish. Still the nutty caramel taste provide echoes in aftertaste.

Against the Grain has shown that you don't need to brew in Brugge in order to make a distinctive Belgian-style ale. Although the "Belgian" character is simplified and understated, Brugge Splugge serves as a mildly flavored Amber ale that would work well for those just introducing themselves to the taste of Belgium.

Sep 11, 2013
Brugge Splugge from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 6 ratings