Beer Wednesday – Ovila Belgian-Style Golden
Happy Beer Wednesday!
This week I was lucky enough to come across a bottle of Ovila Belgian-Style Golden ale.
If you recall, put the word “Belgian” before any beer, and I’m pretty sure to love it.
To start with, I also don’t need much to impress me other than a cork in a bottle of beer. This beer was ready to drink, as evidenced by the fact that the cork just about climbed out of the bottle just as soon as I took the cover off.
This specific beer was bright, and effervescent, with citrus notes, but no real hoppiness. The finish was sweet, like honey, but without the cloying-sweetness that I’ve tasted in many honey-sweetened beers (pre-vegan days).
The color was a beautiful golden, with a bright nose, rich in malt and citrus. The head was thick, but evaporated quickly, and even though I am not a huge fan of golden style ales, I still like this quite a bit.Beyond that, at 8.5% ABV, I expected it to be a little biting, but it was dangerously drinkable. How dangerous, you ask? Well, I drank the whole bottle. . . on a Monday, so. . .
Did it hold a candle to the Dubbel that I had earlier? No, but, small suns won’t shine as brightly as that amazing brew, but for a golden-style ale, it was very good, bordering on exceptional. I’m very comfortable giving this beer a 4/5.