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Herevana – Workshop – Mellifluous

Workshop Mellifluous Belgian Strong Ale a beer I picked up the Fridge and Flagon the #BeerJerkNZ outlet

This type of beer, made local, is always wanty and like a magpie there am I.

Workshop Brewing Co. make the Workshop Mellifluous in the coastal Raglan, Waikato, 🇳🇿 area as a Belgian Ale – Strong Pale  with a big 10.2% ABV – this is 2.7 standard drink units

Best at 8C, which is nice, but someone needs to invent a really cheap temperature measurer for labels that indicates the range, which would make me millions, and reminds me that I should have had this idea so long ago. Anyway fridge cold and left to warm for a few minutes, what could go wrong?

I got the Posh glass out.

I’m not sure about the aroma on this when I opened it.

There isn’t but there should be most beautiful beer competition, this one would be a contender. Bright Golden with a head of stark white fluff, there’s not a more pleasing pour than this.

the note in the glass is not towards sweet, and almost the opposite, I really don’t get a lot of anything that hints as sugar or sweetness.

There’s an unfathomable flavour in this too, something that’s not quite familiar, or something that you’d rather not, something dark and towards unpleasing rather than bright and sweet.

I left it a while and came back, and I really can’t shake that, and I think I have it, like raw or rubbing alcohol, or acrylic, something so not required.

I’d hate to be wilfully negative but I don’t know how this comes back from here. I don’t think there’s anything subtle or understated, which leaves me awkwardly in a position that this is how it’s supposed to be, or its spoilt.

I’ve not a lot of experiences with spoilt beer, so perhaps this is as it is supposed to be, which can’t be proper.

I mean it looks ok, and its holding the head, and showing lacing, all the right things are there. Except the flavour explosion.

I can’t drink this I just can’t it is rather hideous, and this might just be the saddest moment for a long time where I just can’t drink a beer because it’s really that bad.

It is possible, probable, that I’m just not up for this style and I don’t understand it. I get that. I really do. But I paid good coin for this and I’m not enjoying it, but based on my experience in the style, and the brewers notes, but I’ve really become derailed and nudged off centre on this one. I am displeased.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a pass on the arbitrary number scale. I’m not an expert but this is wrong. It looks ok but it really isn’t right in the aroma and that aroma is all the way thought the palate.

Liam Gallagher – the Acoustic Sessions. Despite Oasis going completely around my and I have no option on their work I really enjoy both the Liam and Noel works in the last few years.

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.

In Latin, mel means “honey” and fluere means “to flow”. Ode to the wonderful bees that work so hard pollinating our plants and providing us this amazing ingredient.

Beautiful early season, floral Raglan honey, blended with tastey NZ pale malt thats complemented with homemade golden candy-inverted sugar and a hint of toasted coriander seeds.

The ABV in one of these bad boys should give you a nice buzz.

Best around 8°C.

Brewers Notes

Belgian Ale – Strong Pale

The Belgian Strong Golden Ale is a pale, complex, effervescent, strong Belgian-style ale that is highly attenuated and features fruity and hoppy notes in preference to phenolics. References to the Devil are included in the names of many examples of this style, referring to their potent alcoholic strength. High carbonation helps to bring out the many flavors and to increase the perception of a dry finish. Strongly resembles a Tripel, but may be even paler, lighter-bodied and even crisper and drier; the drier finish and lighter body also serves to make the assertive hopping and yeast character more prominent. Tends to use yeast that favor ester development over spiciness in the balance.


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