#13 Ben Middlemiss Nota Bene

Ben Middlemiss Nota BeneName: Nota Bene
Brewer: Ben Middlemiss (Manukau, New Zealand)
Style: Belgian Abbey Ale
ABV: 8.7%
Source: Glengarry Ponsonby

I have just taken about 3 sips of this and there’s a lovely warm alcohol feeling at the back of my throat. That warm alcohol feeling is telling me that I better start typing quickly because if I wait until the end of the beer then my post will be gibberish.

This one’s a bit exciting for me because I’ve never had a Ben Middlemiss beer before. I picked it up at Glengarry’s today – and I’m going to be honest here – mostly because it came in a small bottle, and when you need to buy a craft beer every day, small bottles are very appealing.

I’m really glad I did though! It’s quite surprising – a Belgian-style abbey ale with heaps going on. It’s fruity (oranges, apples and cherries?), yeasty, sweet-but-not-too-sweet, and has a pleasing sour tang at the finish, along with that lovely alcohol heat. The aroma is beautiful, like sticking my nose in a dollar mix bag of sour lollies and bananas, along with something really savoury that I can’t quite put my finger on.

It’s too late to figure it out now because I’ve just polished it off, and although I’m feeling significantly drunker, I can’t help but wish it was a big bottle after all…

Published in: on August 21, 2011 at 5:31 am  Comments (2)