Dancing Gnome Lustra

This was unfortunately the last beer that I had from Dancing Gnome. Let’s crack it open.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The lustration was originally a sacrifice for expiation and purification offered by one of the censors in the name of the Roman people at the close of the taking of the census. The sacrifice was often in the form of an animal sacrifice, known as a suovetaurilia. These censuses were taken at five-year intervals, thus a lustrum came to refer to the five-year inter-census period. Lustrum (from luo, Ancient Greek: λούω) is a lustration or purification of the whole Roman people performed by one of the censors in the Campus Martius, after the taking of the census was over. As this purification took place only once in five years, the word lustrum was also used to designate the time between two lustra. The first lustrum was performed in 566 BC by King Servius, after he had completed his census, and afterwards it is said to have taken place regularly every five years after the census was over. In the earliest period of the republic, the business of the census and the solemnities of the lustrum were performed by the consuls. The first censors were appointed in 443 BC, and from this year down to 294 BC there had, according to Livy (X.47), only been 26 pairs of censors, and only 21 lustra, or general purifications, although if all had been regular, there would have been 30 pairs of censors and 30 lustra. Sometimes the census was not held at all, or at least not by the censors. The census might take place without the lustrum, and indeed two cases of this kind are recorded, in 459 and 214 BC. In these cases, the lustrum was not performed because of some great calamities that had befallen the republic.”

Random: I never got into Greek or Roman history. Just wasn’t my thing.

The beer poured with a small, half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated almost instantly and only left a crown on top of the body, no lacing. The body was a lemon-yellow color and very cloudy. I could not see any carbonation. The nose had a lot of tropical fruit, specifically mango and pineapple. There was a significant malt characteristic, which I did not expect. I got a lot of white bread crust. The taste was bright with pineapple and grass. It didn’t have much mango. The malt was apparent in the taste too, with white bread. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with grass. I really enjoyed this beer and this could easily pair with anything. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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