Monday, January 6, 2014

Bavik Petrus Winter #9 Ale (8/10)

You might know Bavik of Belgium as the makers of the Wittkerke beer.  They also make Winter #9 Ale, a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

The beer pours a coppery mahogany color with thick off-white head that leaves behind little lacing.

The flavor starts with a mildly bitter malt, a light alcohol warmth, and strong carbonation.  The finish is mildly bitter, as though too much nutmeg, or not-quite-fresh nutmeg was used during brewing.  If this flavor element was dialed back a bit, this might be a better beer.

Beer Advocate gives this an 88 or “very good” rating.  Rate Beer gives it an 83 overall.  Both of these are in the ballpark of my 8 out of 10 rating.  If the unpleasant nutmeg element was reduced, this could easily become a 9 out of 10 or perhaps even a 10. 

This beer has been found locally at The Andersons General Store.  It’s probably available elsewhere in Columbus, but I’ve not seen it anywhere else yet.

This is a winter seasonal, so it’s unlikely to be available for much longer.

Flavor Profile:

Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter:  Malty
Spice Level:  Moderate
Hops Level:  Low
Dominant Flavors:  Malt and slightly nasty nutmeg
ABV: 9%
IBU:  Unknown, but I’d estimate in the 18-20 range
My Rating: 8/10

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