- My Rating: B-
Hop Harvest 2012 – De Ranke, 6% ABV – 750ml, (Dottignie, Belgium)
on the front side label:
“Unfiltered and unpasteurized top-fermented beer with secondary fermentation in the bottle and taste evolution.”
- Style: (vintage) Belgium Ale
- Taste Profile: creamy sweet hops -> caramel malts/citrus/yeast -> sharp bitter hops/lingering bitter finish.
- Where I got it : Brewery Creek
- How much: $13 (after 10% off), February 2013
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes; it’s well crafted
Visual: Vintage beer is usually good; you can expect them to pay attention to details for that particular year. Shame it isn’t corked but capped instead. Pours cloudy translucent orange with a very large creamy foamy head with long retention, lots of lacing, and lots of activity.
Nose: orange citrus fruity hops with sweet honeyed malts
Attack: ultra-creamy texture, 6/10-sweetness, fresh hops
Mid-palate: caramel malts, orange citrus, grassy, yeasty
Finish: sharp bitter hops, cuts off-dry, lingering bitter finish.
Summary: Well crafted and drinkable straight out of the fridge into a chilled glass. Bitterness and crispness fade and becomes heavy as it warms up.