Red Rock Paardebloem Ale
Paardebloem is a Flemish term for ‘dandelion’.
Red Rock’s Paardebloem is a Belgian Style Ale that’s brewed using dandelions as a bitter. It’s made with toasted Pilsner malt, grains of paradise, peaches, fresh picked dandelion greens and is blended with some wood-aged beer. It has a hazy, deep golden color, a soft-toasted malt character. It contains 9.2% ABV.
Red Rock’s Paardebloem won a Gold Medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival in the Experimental Beer Category. The Paardebloem was also featured in a collaboration with New Belgium Brewing for the Lips of Faith Series.
Beer Advocate Review:
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5 out of 5
Cloudy golden orange color, with a one-finger plus creamy off-white head. Lots of thick, creamy, sticky lacing left behind.
The nose is malty with some nice yeast notes, oak, slightly spiced.
Starts out with sweetish malts, faintly reminiscent of honey. A slight bitterness with an herbal quality. The taste is sweet on the lips, malty, with a yeast note. Nice touch of spice.
Medium to Full body. Very nice carbonation. Dry finish.
This is a pretty complex brew. ABV is hidden pretty well. Very drinkable…this brew is a joy to drink. Red Rock is doing a very fine job with their higher ABV brews.
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