Advent Beer Review #16 Red Racer Belgian Strong from Central City

20161216_231201.jpgFrom the label:

To brew a beer up to true Belgian standards takes some elbow grease , flexing some ‘we can do it’ muscle , this Belgian strong ale is big flavoured with dried fruit and spicy esters along side a smooth and warming mouthfeel.

This beer pours out a deep brown, shoe polish colour with two fingers of beige head that dissipates after a couple of minutes and leaves little lacing.

The nose is super-boozy and followed by belgian yeast esters and phenols—so banana, clove, bubblegum, and spice. The palate follows through on this, as the yeast overpowers the malt with, with spice, dark fruit, and an off note of ethyl acetate that overpowers everything else (nail polish). The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with decent carbonation and a yeasty/boozy dry finish.

 

I’m of two minds about his beer. I love a good Belgian strong, but this is not the greatest example of the style. If I’d never had an authentic one before, I would be all for this alcohol delivery system, but the nail polish flavor really bugged me.

Locally, Category 12 makes a much better Belgian golden strong that makes this one laughable. they even aged a version in wine barrels, which is to die for.

Hopefully they fix this with revisions.

Rating: 3/5