A New Style-Bending Classic Belgian Black Ale
This fascinating amalgamation of styles is sure to please the dark beer crowd looking for something new and different. Total Eclipse is a harmony of contradictions. Fruitiness and a touch of spice from Belgian yeast are countered by intense chocolate and coffee aromas from the Porter malts; the rich malty mid-palate finishes paradoxically dry, like a black lager; initial mouthfeel is creamy and seems rich, but it thins out in the finish. It all produces a beer with an exceptional richness of character that is unusually drinkable and approachable for a dark craft brew.
Overall Impression: A highly aromatic, drinkable style-bender that combines Belgian yeast fruitiness and spiciness with prominent notes of chocolate and some coffee. Think of it as a Belgian Porter.
Profile: Intense initial aromatic impression. Belgian fruitiness harmonizes perfectly with chocolate and coffee aromas. Abundant Vienna and Munich malts provide body, but high attenuation of the Belgian yeast makes for a dry finish more typical of a black lager. Roasty character is restrained. Hop character is absent. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy.
- Belgian Black Ale
- ABV: 5.5%
- IBU: 22
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