Thursday, June 21, 2012

Game Day Beer Review: Farlieonfootie Brewing Red Devil in the White City Belgian White Ale

This beer represents the first home brewing effort for our corporate office.  I guess you've got to start somewhere.  I wrote about the day that it was brewed in an article you can find right here.  Now, a review of the end product:

Red Devil in the White City derives its name from two sources: the beloved Manchester United Red Devils, and a great book by Erik Larson called Devil in the White City (if you haven't read it, click on the link above and order itI guarantee you'll love it).  Being that Red Devil in the White City is a Belgian White Ale, the name seemed appropriate, if a bit lengthy.  We'll just call it Red Devil for short....

Red Devil poured a hazy copper color. It looks a bit more like an IPA than a Belgian White, but you can't expect perfection on your first try. As several friends pointed out to me, what matters in a home brew is how it tastes, not necessarily how it looks -- especially if it's not being entered into a home brewing competition.  In any event, the beer had an impressive, fluffy head that was slightly off-white colored.

The primary smell was of yeast, with just a little Belgian sweetness noticeable. The mouthfeel is a little thin for my liking. You definitely get the yeast while drinking the beer, and maybe a slight bit of orange flavor, too.  It's definitely in the Belgian White family, but maybe not a direct descendant of Hoegaarden.

All in all, it's not as good as I hoped, but better than I thought it would be....  Onto effort number two. B-

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