Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
Head: Sits foamy, even for a mild pour from a growler. Holds a tan (light brown) color, without excessive lacing. Edges of the glass tend(s) to draw most of the foam around the edges.
Appearance: Dark brown body, akin to a classic maple syrup. Clarity is a you would hope from a combination of these 3 styles; Dark cola coloring, lacking any strong concentration of color around the edge or center.
Aroma: Deep caramel undertones, leads way to a solid whiskey (aged) nose.
Mouthfeel: Runs very dry, start to finish. Carbonation level is consistent, and very astringent. Leaves a very tanic finish on your front teeth.
Flavor: Initial flavor reminds me of a bold zinfandel; Astringent, red grape, & grapefruit. Get a very juniper set of flavors, as if I just ordered a Bombay & Tonic.
Overall: The color & clarity of this fermentation holds well with the 3 styles it’s blended from. From this mix, one receives a range of flavor, which makes it sit nicely as either a belgium strong or some sour-derivitive.