CONTEMPLATION: 82 Points
This Specialty Belgian is released in April in 16 oz. cans.
Brewer’s Description: “Clover honey added during the boil contributes color and complexity but adds no sweetness to the beer as the sugars are broken down during fermentation. Look for whispers of apricot and nectarine on the palate, mixed with the floral aroma of the hops grown in northern Michigan.”
My Description: I think a quick decision is made with this beer, nothing to sit back and contemplate. It begins with a decent, light beige colored head that fades to a ring leaving no lacing. The aroma is welcoming with sweet fruit notes along with some yeast esters, floral notes, and a hint of honey. Contemplation is medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is pleasant but nothing to write home about. Light clove notes pair cleanly with some fruit notes, grassy lemon notes, and a touch of honey. The alcohol is picked up on from time to time and the aftertaste shows very little bitterness. Overall, this beer is more on the sweeter side, obviously from the honey, with soft flavor notes and a clean body. It is best served around 45° and pairs nicely with sourdough bread, soft cheeses, or a light salad.
ABV: 7% Color: Reddish/Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10