Lake of Bays Spring Maple Belgian Blonde Ale

Reviewed by on May 8, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • 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 !

The Review

This is Lake of Bays’ spring offering, and a bit of an ironic tipple in Alberta right now, where hell has apparently frozen over, and not just because there’s a ton of fresh snow on the ground in early May.

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.

Brady White

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