Old Soul Belgian-style Ale

Belgian Strong Pale Ale Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

2.5

Old Soul Belgian-style Ale, a Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale by Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Old Soul Belgian-style Ale is a Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale brewed by Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a can.

Appearance

The ale pours a hazy gold and is topped by an inch-thick cap of dense white foam that offers modest retention. A smattering of residue and a soapy collar are left behind.

Aroma

The aroma is pungent with a scent of berry fruit, musty wheat, and a hint of clove.

Flavor

The palate begins with a taste of wheat bread followed by a mild bite of floral hops and spiced with peppercorn. The bitterness lingers through a mellow finish of sweet Juniper berry and Belgian candied sugar.

Mouthfeel

The body is dry with a light grain and has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall

The appearance doesn’t show as much retention as preferred and its feel could use more carbonation. The aroma is fine but unremarkable. Its palate, however, is pleasant enough and its use of Juniper berries is a nice touch. The alcohol is managed well. The Old Soul offers some of the qualities of a good Belgian brew but it certainly could be improved upon.

Recommended Pairings

Crazy Mountain recommends the following food pairings with their Old Soul: English sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce, butternut squash gnocchi with brown butter basil pesto cream sauce, and honey-glazed ham quiche with brie and roasted asparagus.

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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.