Bad Hare Belgian White Ale - Rhinelander Brewing Company
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2.78/5 rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
650ml bomber, available at not so dear a price ($4!) at all your shitty liquor stores here in Alberta, and of course the Liquor Depot/Barn/Suppository chain as well - big freaking difference, I know.
This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden straw colour, with one finger of crazily tight foamy white head, which leaves but a few upwardly aspirant streaks of climbing arched lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.
It smells of sugary candy, very much like those pop-rocks teeth-rotters of my convenience store youth, a further grape soda sweetness, some rice-pudding graininess, some throttled dry yeast, and a DOA vegetal spiciness. The taste is more of the same - gritty flavoured candy, the sort we all used to lust after, following Saturday morning cartoons - the 'purple' kind, mostly. My favourite. Anyway, I'm getting little beyond that, except for a wee twinge of spent yeast, and, as it warms, that ever so unwelcome Minhas demonized plastic house umami.
The bubbles are pretty tame and low-key, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, with a weirdly unexpected sense of airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of that straight-up candy (hah - you though I was going to say candi) malt still the only thing really in play here - take that as you might.
Ok. So while this isn't offensive or off-putting by any stretch of my already verdant imagination for this brewer, it also doesn't conform in almost every possible way to the style it purports to ape. Like most mainstream entrants to the Belgian style-wars, this is pandering beyond belief - the expected yeast, fruit, and actual malt are wholly replaced by a Wonderbread sweetness, one that encompasses all, until one's senses are battered into submission. Thankfully the ABV here doesn't conform to that paradigm, a sort of weak-ass silver lining, I suppose.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2013 06:16:07 | More by biboergosum
Bad Hare Belgian White Ale from Rhinelander Brewing Company
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