This beer, along with a Corsendonk glass, was a Christmas gift from this past year. We sampled the beer a while back, but I never got around to posting my thoughts about it. Before I get to the beer however, let me say the glass itself is quite cool. What makes this glass stick out is the Corsendonk emblem on the glass’s stem. None of my other glasses have this feature, and it really adds a nice touch. Though glassware is important, what is more important is the beer that goes in it. Lets see how this one turns out.
Poured a big, pillowy head that stayed around for minutes. The head was kept aloft by a column of bubbles emanating from the dead bottom-center of the glass. Peering at this column through the beer’s hazy-golden-copper body proved to be quite captivating.
The aromas were typical for a Belgian pale ale. Yeast, lemon and cracked white pepper all made their presence known. Nothing demanding about the beer’s nose, but still inviting. These aromas provided a nice backing for the beer’s tastes. Though the lemon aroma seemed to get lost in the shuffle, two new tastes stepped up to take its place. There was a slight buttery-ness in the middle of the mouth, and a banana taste made a showing in the beer’s finish. Couple these with yeast, and light peppery spice, and you have an enjoyable and slightly complex beer. One thing that threw me for a slight loop was the beer’s thickness. By no means did the beer qualify as “syrupy” or anything close, but it was definitely thicker then I thought it would be. This made the beer quite smooth, and allowed the tastes to stick around for a little bit, instead of washing completely clean at the beer’s end.
Overall a refreshing, enjoyable brew, with a great piece of glassware.