Well – honestly I have found myself stalling posting on this. Not because of the outcome – because I seriously lack the ability to describe beers. My normal response to trying beers is….”pretty good” – (with a few head nods)….!
First – I have not done a side-by-side comparison to Maredsous 8. I will post if I do one. The more I brew – the less I care about how it compares to commercial beers.
I had about 6 guys over this weekend. All of these guys are beer drinkers, but almost none are beer snobs
. I had several beers on tap (BM’s Centennial Blond, Pale Ale, Boston Lager clone, and this one – which I had labeled “Belgian Strong Ale”). All of the guys started with this one – and then came back for seconds, thirds – and some even more. At 8.4% ABV – this cut the night short for a few of them (thankfully their significant others were present to drive them home)…enough about that. My point is – they had really positive things to say and tend to echo a lot of the comments (they are the things that I actually like about Maredsous 8.
I have attached a picture below.
Color – nice dark brown; beer is crystal clear
My best attempt at describing it is that it is nice a malty (no spices present) – crisp and the high ABV is no noticeable at all (which is what makes this beer (and Maredsous) dangerous!).
I am so pleased with the results that I am hesitant to change anything with respect to the recipe/fermentation schedule. Next time – I will bottle instead of kegging…
Thanks to all who supplied helpful comments to my questions!