Big Rock Belly Flop Apricot Grisette

Reviewed by on June 9, 2017 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Big Rock Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 9, 2017

  • Best Before: October 16, 2017

  • ABV: 3.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Grisette

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Big Rock’s summer 2017 ‘Limited Edition’ release, a relatively rare style, with added apricot juice.  And ooooh, well lah-di-dah – something to enjoy after a day on your boat, eh, Paul?  Seems like this is one to have ON the boat, IMHO.

This 355ml can pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves but a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sugary and tart apricot (y’know, those two-toned candies), gritty and grainy pale malt, further indistinct cereal notes, a hint of edgy yeastiness, and not much else.  The taste is more zesty apricot fruitiness, candi sugar, salted white crackers, some peppery and earthy spiciness, consistent testy Old World yeast, and maybe a hint of weedy and floral noble hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly tame in its basic cable frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and pretty much smooth, with nothing really getting in the way of a good time here.  It finishes off-dry, the apricot character lingering well amongst the remains of the malt and spice day.

Overall, this is one agreeable and refreshing brew from this Calgary production concern – good on Big Rock for crafting (as an old hen of Craft Beer, now, eh?) a pleasant and poundable summer treat, wherever one might find themselves outdoors this summer #stillsweatingfrommowingmycornerlotinnearplusthirtyheat.

Brady White

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