Monday, January 6, 2014
Bavik Petrus Winter #9 Ale (8/10)
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.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Malty
Spice Level: Moderate
Hops Level: Low
Dominant Flavors: Malt and slightly nasty nutmeg
IBU: Unknown, but I’d estimate in the 18-20 range
My Rating: 8/10