My wife just gets me.
I came home from a long, stressful trial the other day, to some celebratory craft beers chilling in our fridge.
I will admit, I really wanted to like this. I love rye and I love the idea of a barrel-aged beer, but it is difficult to do it right. At times, the rye flavour can be overpowering in an unflattering way.
The bottle is aesthetically pleasing, as is standard fare for Beau’s. This one comes in their 600 mL format, and is labeled a “strong” beer at 6.0% ABV, if only barely meeting the mark.
It is the relatively low ABV for a rye-soaked beer which makes this brew incredibly drinkable.
My first sip (albeit after having Stella Artois fresh on my palate…) was extremely hoppy. Once I delved deeper into the bottle, it was a very balanced experience, more true to the 46 IBU measure.
On the info card, roped onto the bottle, Beau’s describes this 2015 Session Beer Festival “Collaboration Nation” Award-Winning beer as being “kissed” with the rye-whiskey from the soaked oak barrel. This is a perfect description.
The subtle hints of strong rye pair delightfully well with the mild citrusy organic hops.
Beau’s and k-os have found a wonderful balance with this product, making an extremely drinkable, smooth lagered ale (which has become something of a Beau’s calling card).
Having such a rich, complex, but complimentary flavour is something that I did not expect from a beautiful, clear, golden pour. My wife was wise to buy me only one of these, because I’m not sure that I would be able to stop pouring them.
- ABV: 6.0%
- IBU: 46
- Style: Rye Pale Lagered Ale
- Taste: Fresh, like the smooth rhymes of k-os
- Rating: 4.9/5
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