It's my first sample of this highly respected Richmond brewery.
I know I'm getting my skillz together because I picked out the recommended glassware for this style without looking at it on the bottle.
Look-Straw yellow. Gorgeous foamy head. The string of risers looks like holiday lights in the glass. Magnificent presentation.
Smell-clove. hints of banana.
Taste-Sweet on the lips with the clove being the first taste in my mouth. Smooth yet crisp.
Mouth-Sweet and dry.
Overall-I love this beer. If we are splitting hairs, I wish there was a bit more flavors in my mouth. That's a minor quibble though because it smells great, is ridiculously easy to drink, and a fantastic beer. And I'm not even a huge fan of this style....but I love this.
Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and uninhibited, Hardywood Singel is a feat in balance. Sunshine golden with a fluffy head and a veil of Belgian ale yeast, Singel’s tropical fruit esters complement its spicy hop aromatics. Delicate in body, Singel’s mellow, dry finish culminates a truly ethereal experience. Hardywood Singel’s stylistic inspiration originates with the Trappist brewers of western Europe, who are often celebrated for their gloriously complex dubbels and tripels, and whose devotion to crafting heavenly libations is second to none. Unknown to many, some of the Trappist brewers also brew a milder ale for daily consumption within the walls of the monastery. Hardywood Singel is our interpretation of this style.