Four Seasons Of Mother Earth: Summer Belgian Golden Ale (2016)

Four Seasons of Mother Earth Summer Belgian Golden Ale

Brewed by: Mother Earth Brew Co.

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Belgian
  • Variation: Golden, Barrel Aged
  • Seasonal: Summer
  • ABV: 9.0%
  • IBU: N/A

Notes: Second of four bottles in the 2016 Four Seasons of Mother Earth series.

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

In the true tradition of the style, our Golden is crisp, dry and uses Belgian Ale yeast to highlight the subtleties of the traditionally fruity yeast profile. At straw-blond in its original color, it is surprisingly light despite its strength, but stands out because of its balance. Simplicity in its design is key in order to allow the yeast to take center stage.

Fully fermented, it has been laid to rest in red wine casks to take up the fruit character of the wine and to work with the wood tannins to create a depth of flavor to be enjoyed now, or after additional time in the bottle.

It’s “Summer”, and you’ve earned it.

Hops: N/A

Malts: N/A

Additional: Aged in red wine casks

More Mother Earth Four Seasons Summer Images

First Impressions

Artwork: Using baby blue and pastel colors, the ocean is positioned inside the flowing locks of Mother Earth’s hair.

Color: Slightly hazed over, burnt orange to dark golden.

Aroma: Pinot Noir grape must.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 22oz. Bottle

Served in: Short Tulip Glass

In case you missed our review a few weeks back, we are looking at each release in Mother Earth Brew Co’s “Four Seasons of Mother Earth” 2016 series. The initial Spring release was a barleywine aged in wine barrels. It sounded wildly creative in concept, but sadly it fell a little short.

What’s rapidly becoming our favorite variant of barrel aged beer is a blonde or saison aged in some type of red wine vessel (barrel, cask, foudre, etc). These wine barrel aged beers impart the palate with a refreshing funk of wine grape mustiness, and that’s exactly what Mother Earth delivered here with their latest Four Seasons of Mother Earth, Summer Belgian Golden Ale.

There’s some beers you can’t help but taking a whiff of with each sip, and this ale was one of them. We are going way out on a limb here, but Summer Belgian Golden Ale truly smelled like a pinot noir or lighter cabernet had been mixed with a Belgian ale. Its aroma was as advertised — where earthiness and estery yeast was layered under a dominant funky red wine grape must.

Like any beer that’s been aged in a barrel, there was not much head to Mother Earth Summer Ale after pouring. Although creamy, its short capper evaporated fairly quick. But it did leave behind a thin, residual covering of froth on top of its burnt orange colored body for the rest of the glass.

The musty grape profile of this ale was just as prevalent on the palate, as it was in the aroma. Up front there was some booziness from the Belgian strong ale base, followed by a dry oakiness. The finish was pure funk, of red wine blended with more subtle woodiness.

Crisp and refreshing, Summer Belgian Golden Ale was just the kind of funky Belgian / farmhouse ale we like to enjoy in the warmer weather. And it was surprisingly easy drinking at 9%.

Final Score: 3.5/5

3.5 Stars

Four Seasons Of Mother Earth Summer Belgian Golden Ale passed on a mildly acidic pleasing blend of Belgian ale base and red wine character. There was a mellow splash of tartness, along with some oak and grape must from the barrel.

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