On the eighth day of Beermas:
Brewed by: Rising Tide Brewing Company
Style: Spiced Ale
The beer pours a shadowy black-brown color that glows red-gold when held to the light, pour produced a thick khaki colored head that settled but never disappeared.
Smells like dark rye bread, caramel sweetness, a bit of citrus like orange zest and some delicate spice notes that I can’t put a name to.
Flavor is malt forward, burnt caramel, rye toast, and a nice blend of rye and saison peppery spiciness on the front end with citrus notes and more spice towards the finish that again I can’t place a name to, not cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger the normal holiday ale spices but something else, whatever it is it works. Medium to full body with a finish that is a dry with a lingering spice flavor.
Overall a delicious holiday ale, I had to go to Rising Tide’s website to find out the spice I must have been tasting was anise, which I’ve never been a fan of in beer but I enjoyed it here. Rich and full of flavor with a higher ABV, d’hiver is a nice seasonal offering that just asks to be sipped on a cold New England evening.
The 12 Days of Beermas 2014
Day 8: Rising Tide – d’Hiver
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