Belgian Smoked Ale

Fermenting: 24/10/2005 Bottled: 07/11/2005

ESB Belgian Smoked Ale

Another can from Eastern Suburbs Brewmakers. This one had an amazing smell out of the can – smoked hickory/beer. Should be a complex flavour, completely different to anything we’ve tried before.

The perfect beer for a BBQ, with the added fragrance of the campfire.ESB website

That campfire quote seems like a load of rubbish, but if you can tell the difference between a smoked cheese and a normal one, or smoked ham, or a dark smoky single malt scotch as opposed to a blend or Speyside one, I think you might be on the right track to enjoying this beer.

Other people might just see it as beer with some BBQ sauce tipped in.

Bottling notes: Incredibly thick and creamy head, requiring a 50mL top up of each bottle once it had subsided. Taste is hard to describe – most definately not sweet, and would accompany food well, I think.

Tasting notes: Not the most popular beer I’ve ever made. Strong smoky taste is a distraction, but does go well with certain foods. Hardly a session beer, but good for an alternative. 5/10

4 Replies to “Belgian Smoked Ale”

  1. Reasonably comparable to the kilkenny in terms of thickness of the head. Better than the stouts on bottling.

    Head is formed by either being too rough with the liquid, or just by the final gravity being so high that merely exiting the bottling wand gets it so agitated it froths up.

    In this case it is merely the thickness and body of the beer that caused the head.

  2. …all the charming and beautiful things, from the Song of Songs, to bouillabaisse, and from the nine Beethoven symphonies to the Martini cocktail, have been given to humanity by men who, when the hour came, turned from tap water to something with color in it, and more in it than mere oxygen and hydrogen.H.L. Mencken

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