White Pony December Flower

Reviewed by on December 24, 2016 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: White Pony Microbrewery

  • Origin: Oud-Turnhout, Belgium

  • Rated On: December 24, 2016

  • Best Before: July 25, 2020

  • ABV: 11.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

White Pony is an Italian brewery that has many of their offerings contract brewed, such as this winter seasonal ale made at the Het Nest brewery in Belgium (made available to us via the Craft BeerAdvent calendar).  It is a Belgian strong ale, made (or dry-hopped, as the label sez) with orange peels, coriander, and Champagne yeast.

This 330ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves a bit of limestone grotto lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of bready and crackery caramel malt, Franco-Belgian yeast, exotic citrus peel, some muddled earthy spiciness, candi sugar, and a very subtle earthy, grassy, and gently perfumed floral green hop bitterness. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and doughy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, orange vodka, an earthy and kind of estery yeastiness, coriander and white pepper spice, a hint of marzipan, and more understated leafy, grassy, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its swirling frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a nice coddling creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad out of the fridge. It finishes off-dry, the big malt and attendant fruitiness stressing their meager restraints.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough version of the style (more light than dark, but who really cares), and with a heady dose of the ol’ wowee sauce, that is barely kept in check. A nice warming brew, with lots of flavours abounding, and a fitting end to the last 24 days of new beers. Merry Christmas!

Brady White

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