Lagunitas “Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale” Belgian Strong Ale

      There is something to be said about a good Belgian Strong Ale. I personally find this style of beer to be equally refreshing and enjoyable no matter what the season is. This may be due to the fact that the term Belgian Strong Ale has kind of a loose definition. While beers of this style can be mostly dark and cloudy, I have had several in this style that are lighter colored and hazy. Just such a beer came to me a couple months ago through my beer trade with Bianca from AGirlandHerBeer.com (@AGirlandHerBeer). The first beer I checked out was Lagunitas “A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale” IPA. I loved it! Bianca also included a 22oz bottle of another Lagunitas brew; a Belgian Strong Ale with a similar name to the IPA.
      Lagunitas releases “A Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale” in September. One might see the label and think that perhaps this beer is an imperial version of their “Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale” IPA. Nope, it’s a Belgian Ale!  It pours a bright and shiny, clear copper color, like a new penny. It is topped with a one finger thick off-white lasting head. The aroma starts out hoppy with floral notes of citrus and pine, but also reveals an orange, spicy quality, along with fresh bread. The taste is pretty unique, upfront I got hints of fruit punch and then the spicy Belgian yeast. Mid palate the hops provide a grassy flavor, ending with sweet caramel in the smooth warm finish. The mouthfeel is medium and creamy. The 8.85% ABV is ever present but not distracting. As always Lagunitas puts out a quality beer that is worth looking for! Here’s to Good Beers!
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