Tuesday, December 20, 2011
BEER: HOPDOG Secret Santa 2011
Another day another Christmas beer. This time from South Nowra in NSW.
It's an 8.6% abv, 70 IBU, "Festive spiced Belgian style ale" that contains gingerbreads.
I've found the carbonation of Hopdog beers to be extremely unpredictable. This bottle pours a small head that quickly dissipates.
Interesting nose. You get the sweet malt and yeast like a normal Belgian strong ale, but there are more elusive smells of spice, egg and cream.
Low carbonation but a thick mouthfeel.
The taste up front is your typical Belgian strong ale: sweet, hoppy and yeasty. This gives way to an almost fruity middle of oranges, ginger, honey, malt. The finish is absent on the front and middle palates, but leaves some sweet and malty hops lingering in the background.
It's not a bad Christmas ale, but it's not really a great Christmas ale. I can barely see any of the gingerbread in it. Although, fans of Belgian strong ales will probably enjoy kicking back with this and slowly working through it.