My local Whole Foods still has bottles of Eel River Brewing‘s Belgian Christmas beer, Climax Noel, in the cooler (albeit on sale) so I picked one up to review this week. According to the label it’s a Belgian Imperial Red Ale, 9% alcohol by volume, and is certified organic.
Appearance: Nice clear amber-red color (“auburn” from my wife), bright with a lively thick head.
Smell: Sugary-sweet nose with a cherry-like fruit note. Juicy. Some sherry-like notes from the alcohol.
Taste: Sweet strong Belgian-style character, warming from the alcohol and candi sugar washes over the tongue. Long and dry, with a sweet fruity note of figs.
Mouthfeel: Lively and effervescent, a bit of a drawn-out dry finish. The effervescence lightens up the body considerably.
Overall: Nice nose, nice flavors, it’s Belgian-styled through and through, something like a Tripel but “red” and figgy.