Pilsner Malt and oats lend a sturdy foundation and striking golden hues. It’s a blonde, meaning the body is brisk and the carbonation bright, but there’s still loads of chewy bread and honey notes there, too.
Like all good Belgians, it’s the yeast which binds the offering. The WLP530 Abbey Ale strain from White Labs more than delivers here, providing all the archetypal characters you’d expect - not to mention a 7.5% ABV.
Pear drop, orange zest, banana, and spicy phenols are all present, wafting steadily from a thick, meringue-like head. On the palate, we find a well-balanced marriage of the above, resulting in an exuberantly complex, yet ultimately refreshing froth.