White Pony December Flower
Reviewed by Brady White on December 24, 2016 in Holiday Guide
- 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 !
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!