Lake of Bays Spring Maple Belgian Blonde Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on May 8, 2015 in Spring Guide
- Brewery: Lake of Bays Brewing Company
- Origin: Baysville, ON, CA
- Rated On: May 8, 2015
- Best Before: packaged March 12, 2015
- ABV: 7.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Belgian Pale Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
This 750ml bottle pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and well bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sudsy crossing electron beam lace around the glass as it slowly abates.
It smells intriguingly of bready, pastry-like sweet caramel malt, strangely green, but all the same enticing Belgian yeast, gritty and fruity maple syrup, and a bit of earthy, floral, and slightly perfumed hops. The taste is a big ol’ maple glaze Timbit smack to the sweetness receptors of my palate, before the underlying grainy caramel malt registers, along with some kicked-back Low Countries yeast, and more plain, but supportive earthy, leafy, and floral hops. The carbonation is light and fluffy in its playful and well-distributed frothiness, the body a sturdy middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing stepping in to spoil the fun, with a small airy creaminess arising as things warm. It finishes far on the off-dry side, both the maple syrup and near-equally sweet malt going tête-à-tête to test my remaining sugar-tolerant tastebuds.
Overall, a rather enjoyable, if a tad skewed and Canadianized version of yer typical strong-ish Belgian pale ale (one where the 14-proof boozy-booze is pretty much AWOL). On their own, both the maple and malt are generally moderated, but together, they get a little handsy in the sweet-ums department. Worthy of a try, especially if you seek a further bit of confectionery in your spring brews.