New Planet Belgian Style Ale

Reviewed by on November 13, 2015 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: New Planet Beer Company

  • Origin: Boulder, CO, US

  • Rated On: November 13, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Belgian Pale Ale

  • Rating: POOR

The Review

The Belgian Style Ale is Boulder, Colorado’s New Planet’s attempt at making a light, blonde, and well, Belgian-inspired offering.  Given that this is made with sorghum and brown rice ‘extract’, we shall see.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, pale golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves pretty much nothing in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of semi-sweet, kind of tart and musty grain (the sorghum), a mild dark sugary thing (the brown rice, I’m guessing), muddled black orchard fruit (maybe a bit of plum), watery field honey, and a further dank cider-like astringency. The taste is sour, acrid graininess, mixed with a still dusty and stale hard cider unpleasantness, some pithy and glutenous rice sweetness, overripe green apple skin, and a meek floral, earthy, and very weedy hop bitterness. The carbonation is fairly light and mostly innocuous in its fleeting frothiness, the body an airy medium weight, and sort of smooth, I guess, once you get past that hovering clamminess – so, not really. It finishes quite dry, but still musty, phenolic, and dead floral in nature.

Overall, this is a typical and barely average version of this generally undefined style, of the sort that insists on using sorghum as the primary fermentable ingredient. Folks, it just doesn’t work, and adding some lab-derived brown rice to sort things out here is like putting cheap cosmetics on a real little piggy.

Brady White

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