“Cup O Kyndnes”
Cooperstown, New York
From The Brewery
The Belgian-Scotch brewing connection dates to World War I, when thousands of Scotsmen spent years in Belgium. To satisfy their new customers, Belgian brewers learned to brew Scotch-style ales, and the style became a new and significant part of the Belgian brewing tradition. This fine Ommegang ale uses heather tips and a wee bit of smoked malt to bring the taste and aroma of Scotland to the forefront.
“An wil tak a cup o kyndnes yet, fir ald land syn.” – Robert Burns
Appearance: It pours a medium reddish brown with a nice 2 finger white cap that sticks around for a while leaving a fair trail of lacing.
Smell: Mild sweet smoky Scottish toasted malt with a follow up of Belgian yeast – there is a faint hint of hops and a little fruit.
Taste: Stronger that the smell, but parallel. Its a nice smokey beer with plenty of toast and Belgian yeast – dried fruits such as dates and cherry comes through strong. As the beer progresses, the malt sweetness rises and becomes more apparent with the Belgian yeast esters – a really nice blend.
Mouthfeel: Lighter than most Ommegang beers – lighter medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation – lively, but not distracting.
Drinkability: Medium – beer progresses nicely over the bottle without cloying sweetness.
Notes: I really enjoyed the Belgian Scottish malt combo on this. I first sampled this pre-release at the Ithaca Brew Fest, and knew I wanted to pick up a bottle to taste in a better environment – ie. without having tried a ton of other beers prior.