On the 8th of December, the town of Lyon is expressing gratitude toward Mary. Most of the inhabitants lit up their windows and being a kid or an adult it's an enchanted night. I remember as a kid the joy of lighting up those candles at home and in the streets the smell of the grilled chestnuts, the choirs.. Later it became the Lights Festival but it didn't overtake the tradition. Tradition that I kept even living far from my hometown. And what would have been better than a "local" beer to warm up my Friday night. With their Black IPA @nomade_brewery_
made a coup de maître. Man I like the style but it's so hard to find something well balanced between the hops and the roasted malts, not having ones overtaking the others. Dark brown dress, beige head. Very hoppy on the nose, herbal, peppery, citrus tones with grapefruit, subtle tangerine. Licorice freshness, roasted/grilled nuts, roasted malts. And a soft pineapple in the background. Exquisite first feelings..the flavors just confirm my attachment to this brewery. Beautiful citrus and some tropical fruits showing up and at the same time you are welcomed by roasted and toasted malts. Going deeper your palate is entertained by Magnum, Columbus, Target Chinook and Summit so it means grapefruit, pink grapefruit, tangerine, a herbal overall, some sage. Some spiciness is tickling your tongue. There's more licorice. But at the same time come in the balance the roasted malts, almost burnt bread, coffee beans, bitter cocoa. There's a softness in the mouthfeel, a warming alcohol (6,9% ABV)..And a bitterness mastering the whole band...coming from the use of bittering or dual purpose hops only. It's a coffee beans/ashy/earthy bitterness with beautiful resin and pine (got to love our Chinook 😁) that is taking you until the end of the degustation... Cheers!