In this spring seasonal beer blog, we are going to get into one of the new seasonal beers for the year from New Belgium Brewery. It is their Side Trip Belgian Style Pale Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Mountain high craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery. Let us get into this craft pale ale.
It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a hay to bready like notes. The taste has a bready to earthly notes with a slight citrus notes. The aftertaste has a farm like to earthy finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.newbelgium.com):
Sometimes it’s a side trip that makes the journey. During our last anniversary retreat to Belgium, brewmaster Peter Bouckaert embarked on a sensory excursion to find the perfect yeast strain for his next creation: Side Trip Belgian Pale Ale. A beer from Brouwerij Van Den Bossche led Bouckaert to the brewery’s family Buffalo yeast strain, which they happily shared, and the foundation was set. Additions of Belgian Chateau Abbey and Cara Ruby malts from Castle Malting, the oldest malting plant in Belgium, as well as Belgian Magnum, Saphir and Target hops builds a bready, caramel-sweet wash with traces of stone fruits, and a balanced herbal bitterness for a pleasantly dry finish. Take a break from your journey with a Side Trip.
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Closing, New Belgium Brewery has been making beer for 25 years now. They are throwing a party this year and this spring seasonal is starting it up. This beer has all ingredients from Belgium. I am talking the yeast to the hops and etc. The yeast came from Belgium brewery. I will have to say this is by far my favorite seasonal from this craft brewery. I love it and I am stocking up on it. I am going to try to age this beer for at least a year. I want to see what happens with this beer. This is well balance and they did a great job. I believe it will hold pretty well for a year. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser