But tonight I tried Goose Island Pepe Nero. It’s a Belgian Saison, I think… but it is dark too. It smelt odd, both fruity and clean. I couldn’t put my finger on what kind of fruit it was, but there was a definite fruit lean. Like maybe grapes? Something like that. My nose wasn’t in the mood to differentiate.
The taste though… I’ve never tasted anything like that. It was a Saison for sure… you remember the Farmhouse Ales? But it was like… a chocolate farmer made this. The beer–after first–tasted like a regular old Saison and I was like “Hmph, no big deal…” AND THEN WHOOOMP There it is… Chocolate.
And it had a bitter finish. This was a tricky damn beer. And one I’d try again.
After having that beer, I moved to the Wyld. An organic pale ale. To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for this one. But when I poured it I smelled celery. I’m damn sure it was celery. I’ve never smelt celery in a beer before.
And on first sip… wow. Crisp, clean, a perfect beer to having at a BBQ. At only 4%, it is the definition of a session beer.
I was really enjoying this beer too.
Well, until I started eating hot wings and the flavor didn’t pair. But, I’d definitely buy a sixer of this for the next BBQ I attend.