2012 Hsin’s Beer Adventure #5
Hertog Jan_Grand Prestige
~ Serious powerful beer with distinguishable Sweet and bitter flavor ~
Brewed by: Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij) Netherlands
Style Belgian Strong Dark Ale | 10.00% ABV
Characteristic: Hertog Jan’s pride and joy
Type: High fermentation of barley wine.
Color: Deep brown
Taste: full and ripe, sweet and bitter distinguishable.
Drinking temperature: 10-12 ° C.
Hsin’s rating: Looks: 4 | Smell: 4 | Taste: 4 | Feel: 3.5 | Overall: 3.875
Appearance: dark brown beer almost make carbonated bubbles invisible
Smell: roasted malt, caramel, sweet fruit order
Taste: sweet fruity in the first sip, then complicated spices shape the strong characteristic, soon after comes with bitterness from hop, the aftertaste is very dry and bitter. The aftertaste is surprising bitter. After that, I got used to it and start to like the bitter but balanced flavor.
it a interesting beer, different layers of tastes are distinguishable, blending well with complicated species.
10% is hard to tell from the taste, how come they disguise it so well in the complex flavor
I tried tonight with salad but it seems too strong. Then when I had soft, loose texture and smoked ham, it goes well with that. I would recommend it go with single flavor dishes ( not so many species) or some snacks, like ham, maybe some spanish tapas