Lakefront 25th Anniversary Belgian-Style Apricot Ale

After my incident last night with my toe, I was not looking forward to heading to work today. I was rewarded with today being exceptionally slow. It was slow to the point of boredom. I got through with lots and lots of cups of coffee. I definitely prefer when it’s busier at work because it makes the day go so much quicker. Today just dragged, and the weather didn’t help. Anyways, here’s a brew that I picked up awhile back in a four-pack for the other half. Let’s see how I liked it.

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ABV: 6%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The second volume of our Anniversary Series is this Belgian-style apricot ale. Pours a golden-orange color from the apricot purée with a fine, off-white head. The apricot-forward nose, followed by spice and malt, gives way to mild pear and melon esters followed by a biscuity malt aroma. The fruit melds well with the malty sweetness, like apricot preserves on a fresh baked biscuit, while earthy and spicy U.S. Saaz hops balance the sweet entry. Apricot, malt, and spicy hop flavors all linger, a refreshing crowd pleaser on a summer day. This fruit-infused Belgian begs to be paired with a turkey leg with an apricot glaze, grilled chicken topped with apricot or peach relish, or a tempeh wrap with apricot chutney. Also try it with a wedge of earthy and nutty gruyere.”

Random: Michael Vick is visiting the Jets. I think they’d actually be a good fit for him.

This brew poured with a huge head, it wasn’t a big help that I vigorously poured this one either. It was about four fingers high and slightly off white in color. It dissipated slowly, yet left no lacing on the glass. The body was a very hazy burnt orange color with very high carbonation visible. The nose was pretty pungent on this one. I got Belgian yeast, dried apricots and then some spice to it. It also had a weird musty aroma to it. The taste was a bit on the sweet side with lots of dried apricots, then some apple and pear notes as well. The brew was definitely a fruit forward one, with notes of yeast only at the end with a touch of spice. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a long fruity finish. This beer was only okay to me. The fruit tasted a bit artificial and there was not enough of a yeast presence for me. I wouldn’t rush back to this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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