Saturday, May 14, 2011
Oro de Calabaza is a golden strong ale with Belgian-influences and 8 percent alcohol by volume. Their website says to pour it into a tulip glass, snifter, or over-sized wine glass. They stress that it should absolutely not be consumed from a pint glass and I agree completely. You want a glass that's going to trap the aroma, because this is an aroma worth taking in.
The beer has a hazy, yellow appearance and their is a constant, light carbonation bubbling through. I wasn't too aggressive on the pour, but I ended up with a two finger head that leaves a slight soapy lace on the glass.
To me Oro is dry with a mildy sour or tart flavor. The hops are buried a little, but stop by with a little, bitter hello on the finish. The surprising part of this beer for me was how prevalent the alcohol felt. It leaves a boozy aftertaste in my mouth. Overall, it reminded me fermented apples or cider.
This would probably be a good beer to give to someone who generally prefers wine to beer. It has a lot of wine-like flavors and a slight, champagne feel to it. Honestly, if someone had handed this to me in a wine glass without telling me it was a beer, I think I might have mistaken it for wine.
Posted by agileh at 1:00 AM