This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Blue Moon's Rounder Belgian Style Pale Ale.
First introduced in the beginning of 2013, the Rounder Belgian Style Pale Ale is Blue Moon's substitute for the relatively bland and tasteless Pale Moon (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2009/02/sunday-night-suds-pale-moon.html).
As defined by the experts at BA:
Belgian Pales consume the Belgian brewing scene, and were initially brewed to compete with Pilseners during the WWII time frame. They differ from other regional Pale Ale varieties, by traditionally being less bitter, using aged hops for a delicate hop finish, and boasting sweetish to toasty malt overtones. They should be decanted properly, leaving the yeast in the bottle. This will showcase their brilliant color range from pale straw yellow to amber hues. Most will be crowned with thick, clinging, rocky white heads. Flavors and aromas will vary. Some have natural spice characters from yeast and hops, while others are spiced.
The Rounder Belgian Style Ale does not draw its spice notes from yeast and hops as the beer is brewed with hibiscus and orange peel which the bottle says have been added for a "rounder taste." Having said that, the beer is a smooth "lite" wheat ale with an ample amount of sweetness which is not cloying or over the top. I enjoyed mine this evening with left over Shabbos sweet and sour meatballs and the flavor went well with the sweet cranberry and marinara tang of the dish.
Blue Moon Rounder Belgian Style Pale Ale is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. For the experts take on the Blue Moon Rounder Belgian Style Pale Ale, please click here beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/306/90228.
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