Brewed this 6 weeks ago. The aroma during dryhop was amazing; and I think next time I might hold off on dry-hop till much closer. This beer needed about 6 weeks to get the flavors settled. It started with a nice balance but had a fairly spicy, dry finish which comes from the yeast, not the 1.017 FG finish. I hadn't had a Belgo since I brewed and my local store finally had some more in stock so it was time for a side by side.
First, they've got me on clarity (a little bit of chill haze as mine clears up above 55F); but, otherwise, I was surprised how close these two are in color, aroma and taste. I had recalled NB Belgo being a bit smoother and not nearly as spicy; but the spice in the homebrew version has mellowed since previous tastes and it's just about the same in the NB Belgo.
Aroma is nearly identical; only slight difference would be just a touch more of bubblegum coming out of the NB versus mine. I had been thinking that I should switch the yeasts and up the malt for a v2; I might just leave it and change the fermentation profile. Instead of 72F for 2 weeks, start at say 68F for two days and rise up to 72F... might curtail the spice a bit. Not sure how to pull more bubblegum out of the 3522... but this is going to be so much fun trying since it's really a fantastic tasting beer and recipe.