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Splash Down Belgian-Style Golden Ale(2014)

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Splash Down Belgian-Style Golden Ale is a smooth and crisp Golden Ale, brewed with Belgian practices and techniques in mind. True to style, this beer starts sweet, then finishes dry with a mild yet progressive bitterness from European Noble hops. Though pale in color, Splash Down proves to be complex and inviting, with intriguing spiciness created during fermentation by Belgian Abbey yeast.

Splash Down contains Idaho 2-row barley that provides the pale golden color, while a hint of Belgian caramel malt adds color in the cheeks and sweetness on the tongue. Clear Belgian candi sugar was added during the boil to help increase alcohol content while allowing for a dry finish and light body.

Our Belgian Abbey yeast is fermented warm and produces tastes and aromas like sweet bananas, bubble gum and cotton candy. A small kettle hop addition of Czech Saaz hops gives a spicy and earthy hop aroma, while imparting bitterness on the front of the palate and slowly fading to the back of the tongue.

This Belgian-Style Golden Ale is perfect for summertime drinking and also for prolonged cellaring. Even with an alcohol by volume of 7.5%, this Belgian-Style Golden drinks smooth and easy and is very refreshing. Consume this beer after it has been thoroughly chilled. Enjoy with pungent cheeses, a simple arugula salad or grilled white meats such as chicken or fish, lightly seasoned with ground black pepper and fresh squeezed lemon. Something tart like lemon meringue pie for dessert will balance well with the residual sweetness of this delicious summer seasonal.

Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Original Gravity (Plato): 18˚
Color (Lovibond): 8˚
IBUs: 25

Splash Down Belgian-Style Golden Ale will be available May 15, 2014 in 1/2 and 1/6 bbl kegs and bottle-conditioned 750 mL cases.