Pensacola Beer first covered GrassLands Brewing Company way back in 2012 when we reviewed their Le Roi Rouge Imperial Red. Since then we've gotten the opportunity to try Le Roi Rouge Imperial Red (take 2), Black Rose Immortal Imperial Stout, King Oliver’s Hard Cider, and Big Cypress IPA.
Today we have the chance to review the 2nd test batch of one of GrassLands' eventual seasonals:
Forgotten Coast Belgian Tripel-style Ale
Here's what Owner Gabe Grass is going for:
"A higher gravity, flavorful and medium-bodied traditional Belgian Tripel. Lots of Spice/phenolic aromas & flavors while still maintaining a level of residual sweetness."
This batch was brewed in June 2013 and bottled in July 2013. And here's where we apologize for taking so long to to review Forgotten Coast. Beer can have a short shelf life, and we need to take that into consideration. That's completely on us.
With that said, on to the review!
Appearance: Pours a beautiful, golden honey. Light carbonation and slightly cloudy, the head is small and dissipates quickly.
Smell: Plentiful spice up front with fruit on the back end. Almost as if smelling an apple pie. Makes you want to drink it.
Taste: Similar to the smell, spicy and balanced, but the fruit takes front stage. Once again we're reminded of apple pie, which isn't a bad thing.
Mouth Feel: Creamy, nice lingering finish.
Overall: A wonderfully balanced beer with a nice mixture of fruit and spices. Wish we had another one.
Final Score: 4.0
Comments: Imagine what the score might have been if we had reviewed it in a timely manner? Sorry again, Gabe.
Owner Gabe Grass has been open and honest every step of the way in following his dream of opening his own brewery. And you can follow along by visiting GrassLand's website, Twitter account, or Facebook page. But make it quick, because GrassLands Brewing Company will be opening in 2014! They've even got an address:
This has been a long, long, lonnnnnnnng time coming – and we couldn’t be more excited! As of Friday evening last week, President Gabe, Vice President Scott and General Manager Saralyn all sat down with building owner Dean Minardi and put pen to paper to make GrassLands the first official tenant at 603 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304!
Fantastic news. We look forward to the day we can sit down with Gabe at GrassLands Brewing Company and enjoy his brews.