Blue Moon Belgian Style Pale Ale

Blue Moon Belgian Style Pale Ale

Belgian Pale Ale [Type 16] 4.6% ABV

This beer used to be sold as Pale Moon. Not too bad, I like this beer better than the Agave Blonde in the same mixer pack. Not often actually pale, Belgian Pales are often maltier and sweeter than the English pales or the pilseners they compete with. I would have liked a bit more of that characteristic Belgian yeastiness or sourness, but this is probably not the brand to be that adventurous.  Poured a dark copper with a massive head on it.

Rating

Blue Moon Belgian Style Pale Ale Review

It was OK. I liked it better than the Agave Blonde, but I wouldn't seek out this beer either. I have higher expectations from a Belgian Pale.

Beer Club February 2011

Belgian Ales

Always a favorite of mine, we return again to Belgian Ales. We had a particularly good selection this year, with two kinds of Golden Carolus, a new front runner for my favorite Belgian brand.

Belgian Ales February 2011Cuvee van de Keizer Rood

10% ABV Golden Ale [Type 3]. Tastes like cherry and apple. Dry and crisp. One beer.

Lost Abbey 10 Commandments

A California Beligan Style brewery, Lost Abbey makes strong, often hoppy beers. This one tastes like raisins and honey. A Belgian dark ale [Type 29] 9.0% ABV. Three beers.

Golden Carolus Hopsinjoor

A hoppier version from Golden Carolus. A Belgian Pale [Type 16], perhaps shading towards the IPA. 8.0% ABV. A great pale ale, with fruit, hops, a dry finish, and lots of fizz. One beer.

Belgian homebrew

Sweet smelling with a cherry finish. Mellow overall. Two beers.

Adriaen Brouwer Finest Dark [Type 29] 8.5% ABV. Sweet, with a quick finish. Pretty easy drinker. Two beers.

Delirium Nocturnum

Pink elephants on parade. Belgian dark, 8.5% ABV.

Piraat

Belgian pale [Type 16] 10.5% ABV. Belgian sourness followed by sweet cherry.

Dogfish Head Red & White

Belgian wit [Type 4] 10.0% ABV. An usual beer due to the presence of pinot noir juice and aging in oak casks. It combines the qualities of a white beer with a red wine. Very unusual, but very good. One beer.

Lucifer

Belgian pale [Type 16] 8.0% ABV.

Kwak

Belgian pale [Type 16] 8.4% ABV

And three for which I have no notes other than name, for some reason.

Corsendonk Pale Ale

Lost Abbey Lost & Found

Delirium Tremens

Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale Review

Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale

Belgian Pale Ale [Type 16] 9.0% ABV

Not really what I expected. I'm not sure exactly what I expected, but this was subtler. The taste is fruity and light. The mouthfeel is probably what throws me off. It is much less dense than I expect from this kind of beer.

The beer itself is a cloudy amber. It didn't "pop" when I opened it, but it had a pretty good head regardless. A little bit of sour, but not too much. I would say creamy with a tart finish. Not excessively malty, or yeasty. Maybe I'm just unfamiliar with the Belgian pale style. Real easy drinking, not what one might expect from 9.0% beer. Deceptive.

Rating

Pretty good. I would buy this beer again, if I saw it. I think I picked it up at World Market, but I was letting it age [inadvertently] in my liquor cabinet for some time.

My other beer reviews

MGD 64 and Flag Brew Belgian Pale Ale

Two new beer reviews today. MGD 64 and Flag Brew Belgian Pale Ale. I like most things from Flag Brew, and I wouldn't wish the MGD 64 on my worst enemy. Ben Franklin said that beer is proof God loves us, but Miller seems determined to prove him wrong.

Flag Brew makes new beers every month, and is my favorite local brewpub.