On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, mildly vanilla-creamed banana and clove scurry gains cologne-perfumed lemon twist to combat subtle white-peppered herbage and brisk vodka crisping. Sugary citric banana spicing latently caressed by wispily honeyed guava, passionfruit and pineapple tropicalia. Just a tad ‘wayward’ stylistically, but expressively so.
On tap at Morris Tap & Grill, ambrosial candi-sugared honey adjunct regales sweet orange-bruised banana pudding, peach cobbler and pear syruping against herbal white-peppered barnyard acridity. Rapturously fruitful frolic gains zesty lemon twist and mild coriander-clove spicing over oats-flaked malts for fairly complex and highly recommended Belgian strong ale.
On tap at Morris Tap & Grill, wintry 2017-derived Belgian pale ale brings cidery champagne effervescence to spicy candi-sugared dried fruiting. Buttery Chardonnay, desiccated orange, banana bread and apricot illusions placate Vermouth-dried vodka expanse of strong blonde.
Streamlined Belgian-American wheat ale hybrid brings Fat Tire’s mildly creamed caramel-toasted amber ale styling to mild dubbel-like dried fruiting. Understated sugarplum, raisin and date spicing tingles wheat wafer spine. Needs richer template and roundedness.
Staid Belgian blonde never catches fire as candi-sugared banana-clove sweetness fades as fast as its negligible orange-spiced piquancy and soured lemon snag. Mild herbal hop astringency contrasts wispy wheat wafer sweetness.
On tap at The Oath, lively Belgian Pale Ale uses subtle wit yeast and honey-spiced pilsner malts to soften its juicy orange rind-embittered grapefruit tang. Mildly pungent resinous hop bittering gains floral fruited vibrancy from Magnum-Cascade-Citra combo. Zesty lemon, peach, tangerine and mandarin orange subtleties fit right in.
Engagingly chameleonic Belgian-styled IPA (from French Canada)lets musty white wine esters enter the fray alongside tangy grapefruit-pineapple-tangerine sweetness, orange-bruised banana tartness and lemon rot souring. Its lively floral-spiced fruitiness lies above cereal-grained Scotch malts and wispy herbal fungi.
On tap at Growler & Gill, wildflower honey-spiced lemon licks pick up dried ginger herbage and perfumed cologne musk – defying usual Belgian Pale Ale styling. Towards the finish, misty perfume-oiled citrus spritz gains chai tea-spiked oregano and sage nuances.
Moderate white-peppered herbal citrus penetration gains zesty lemon spicing and ancillary yellow grapefruit bittering over mild oats-dried spine. Lively Belgian yeast adds spunk to delicately complex pale ale.
On tap at Mellow Mushroom, soft-toned Belgian pale ale gathers sweet banana-clove-vanilla conflux, lemon meringue tartness, estery grape souring and orange-dried apricot murk to contrast earthen fungi-like herbage and mild white peppering to its biscuit-y malt bottom.