Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Invocation Belgian-Style Golden Ale
Today I'm drinking Invocation, a Belgian-Style Golden Ale brewed by Thomas Creek Brewery for Wild Heaven Craft Beers in Decatur, Georgia. I grabbed a pair of these when I was up in Atlanta last weekend. Thanks again to my sister for finally getting married and making this happen! LOL.
The front of the label depicts a monk offering the Invocation at service, head bowed with a candle in his hands. There is a little story on the side to set your expectations: "Inspired by the great golden ales of Belgium". Best served at 46°F.
I decided to use my Affligem glass for this beer. Nope, the enormous head did not allow me to pour the whole bottle into the glass. What's more, that head would just NOT recede. Took forever until I finally got impatient and just drank the beer through it. That did not exactly make for a great smelling opportunity, but you can deal with it.
So through big fluffy, you could smell fruits and yeast, apples and pears. The flavors also started with a dominant yeast flavor, a bit sour in the beginning too. Plenty of apples and peaches are really brought to the front by an immediate kick from the 8.5% alcohol.
Spicy cloves, bananas and oranges come next. Lightly tart, lightly bitter, lightly sour. Very interesting. The yeast was extremely noticeable throughout. It made this beer texturally thick and even added in some funk, especially toward the end. The finish was also very dry. Nice flavors. I wish Invocation was a little less sour and funky and had a crisper, less-dense texture. However, I would for sure check it out again.