Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale AleIcon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewer Sam Wright's Description: I was going for an approachable Belgian beer that people could drink more than one of. I wanted to use a simple malt bill with British crystal malts to provide a nice sweetness that doesn't get muddled with the yeast character and the hops. To add an American element, Chinook hops were used for bittering, which adds a piney flavor. Saaz hops were added for aroma that blends well with the yeast. I selected a yeast that adds Belgian yeast character without going overboard with phenols. I wanted to make a beer that used ingredients from disparate brewing traditions that worked well together.

Added by champ103 on 01-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
131
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
14.87%
 
 
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0
Gots:
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Reviews by acevenom:
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3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold Brewing Icon Series
Belgian-Style Pale Ale
6.0% ABV
Released: December 10, 2012

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours hazy amber with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. The beer appears to be decently carbonated due to the visibility of the tiny bubbles rising in the beer. The aroma of the beer is very malty on the nose, smelling of caramel and bread. There's a touch of floral and piney hops in the smell. What I don't get are expected Belgian yeast phenols, which are very restrained here. The bready character of the malt is more prominent in the flavor as the hops provide some nice balancing bitterness to the hints of caramel. I get some nice piney and floral notes from the hops in the taste. The beer was released a little over a month ago, so it still has some nice hop notes here. The body is medium with refreshingly moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and the drinkability is high. This is a very good beer even if it is not quite up to what you would expect from the style. The brewery accomplished what it set out to do by making a mash of different brewing traditions with these ingredients. What you get is a nice ale that would also pair well with meals.

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Saint Arnold Icon (No. 1) has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head, some thick lacing left behind, and a clear, copper appearance, with lots of tiny bubble streams. The aroma is faint, but one can detect fruitiness (think of strawberries) and bread crust. Taste is of brown bread, bread crust, lighter-than-average molasses, some hop bitterness, and there is a bit of a malt liquor alcohol twang present as well. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Saint Arnold Icon (No. 1) finises dry, crisp, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is a very mild and easy-going beer. It’s worth checking out, but probably won’t be on the shelves for long, with it’s limited release.

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Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 131 ratings.
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