Side Trip Belgian Style Pale Ale

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Side Trip

Belgian Style Pale Ale

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.

Visual

Deep golden honey color with a light sheen, eggshell cream foam and lacing.

Aroma

Belgian-yeast fruity banana and some clove flavors; caramel, bready malt upfront. Light kick of citrus, tropical fruits and herbal hops.

Flavor

Yeast and malt sweetness with a trace of tart and a slight herbal bitterness that cuts and balances the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/Body

Starts smooth, slightly warming, and cloying with a crisp finish. Medium

ABV

6.0%

IBU

22

Yeast

Buffalo yeast strain from Brouwerij Van Den Bossche

Hops

Belgian Magnum, Saphir and Target

Malts

Chateau Abbey and Chateau Cara Ruby from Castle Malting