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Here we discuss everything that is Craft Beer: from exciting tastings and style guides, to homebrewing and close looks at different ingredients. Tune in weekly for articles dripping with beer geekery as my colleagues James Otey, Carl Crafts, and I explore the fascinating world of Craft Beer.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Unique Tasting: De Struise Roste Jeanne

For De Struise Brouwers 80th new offering, they decided to make a Belgian ale with a little hoppy pizazz. Enter Roste Jeanne (Red Haired Jeanne).

Jeanne pours a hazy copper with a huge but tight off white froth. The aroma holds quite the hop kick for the style- grassy and floral notes with hints of citrus. The malt character is presented nicely in the form of caramel and toffee, which complements the fruity-dough yeast profile nicely. The flavor is a super unique take on the style- tons of bread, dough, biscuit and toast complement the sweet caramel notes amazingly. The hop profile is also very well accounted for- way above average for the the style- floral orangepeel notes prevail. The palate is rich, velvety, supple, and almost creamy. Effervescence is low, allowing for a clean, crisp finish. A very unique take on the style- I highly recommend seeking this out and drinking it fresh.