The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Day #22 – Rooie Dop Final Countdown Winter Saison (Netherlands)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #22

Rooie Dop Final Countdown Winter Saison – Brewed at Brouwerij de Molen, 6.5% ABV – 330ml., (Netherlands)

  • Style: (smoked) Saison
  • Taste: Sweet crisp honey wheat malt subtle smoky pukey tangy sour
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, but it’s retired

Visual: Pours cloudy marmalade orange with a largish dissipating head, 1mm layer of micro fine retention, lots of tight steady streams, large bits of sediment settled at the bottom of the glass.

Nose: honey, subtle smoked sweet malt (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: very crisp-tingly, micro fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) banana wheat malt, light sour, honey, apricot, tangy pukiness, smokiness

Finish: residual barley malt sweetness, wood smoked exhale, light burpy, subtle hop bitter finish.

Summary: Interesting flavours held together nicely with crisp-fizzy texture and fullness in the body. I enjoyed the smoky twist to the saison, good balance.