Bernard Bohemian Ale

Belgian Strong Pale Ale Bernard Family Brewery

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Bernard Bohemian Ale, a Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale by Bernard Family Brewery

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Bernard Bohemian Ale is a Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale brewed by Bernard Family Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tumbler from a bottle.

Appearance

The ale pours a somewhat cloudy burnt orange color and is topped by a finger-thick cap of white froth that shows modest retention. A small amount of lace clings to the glass.

Aroma

Its aroma is musty with a scent of yeast, grain, and a touch of hops.

Flavor

Fruits and spices highlight a robust palate. Tangy citrus flavors of lemon and orange blend with sweet pear and apple. A balance of spices including coriander, pepper, and clove combine with floral and grassy hops. Cracker malt and an earthy yeast flavor tie the palate together.

Mouthfeel

Its feel has a smooth draw that becomes slightly prickly on the backend. Medium body has a shade more than moderate carbonation.

Overall

Its presentation could use better retention and its feel could use a little more carbonation. But its aroma is appropriate for the style and its palate is nothing short of amazing. It’s complex, flavorful, and nicely balanced. The Bernard Bohemian Ale is deserving of its accolades and represents its style well.

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About the Belgian Strong Pale Ale

The Belgian Strong Pale Ale was originally crafted by the Moortgat brewery after World War I as an alternative to the popular European Pilsner beers. Its color is a yellow gold with good clarity and visibly effervescent. Its aroma consists of fruity esters, some spice, and low to moderate amounts of hops and booze. The palate follows the nose with fruity flavors of pear, orange, and apple. Bitterness and spice are low to moderate. Its feel is light to medium, highly carbonated with a dry finish. High alcohol lends warmth. The Belgian Strong Pale Ale is similar to the Belgian Tripel but is lighter in color and feel, drier and crisper, with added hopping and fruity esters.