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Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie

05 Jun

Got a chance to check out Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie over the weekend. I expected the decor would be much more rustic than it was. This place is much more done up than I had thought, and I was pleasantly surprised. The bar is very well designed and clearly a lot of time was spent on getting the details right. The decor is warm and inviting–what you’d expect in a brewpub. Staff was friendly and the patrons ranged in age from 10 years old up to 65 I’d say. A great mix.

We did not eat much, but what we did have (pomme frittes) were a bit disappointing. More like standard french fries than what you’d expect pomme frittes to be. We had a hard time finding and tasting the garlic and herbs that were supposed to be on them. The red ale ketchup was pretty good and seemed to beg for tastier fries!

So, on to the beers:

LA BLANCHE Belgian Wit – This beer had an amazing aroma. Very bright with coriander (predominantly), orange, and citrus zest. The mouthfeel and finish were spot on for what a Wit should be, but I thought there was a bit too much coriander in it. It left a sort of dried grass aftertaste. Aside from that, this is a very clean, well-brewed beer.

‘TROIS FILLES’ TRIPEL – A very nicely brewed tripel. A little bit thicker and a touch sweeter than some of the best brewed tripels, but still very much within the realm of what you would expect a tripel to be. Cleanly brewed and no flaws.

PICTURE CITY PORTER – This is a great porter. Chocolate and roastiness abound. Nice dry finish that leaves you wanting another sip. I think, if anything, the roastiness was a bit over the top and left a slight burnt flavor aftertaste (probably due to the coffee they say they put in it). It’s a very smooth, highly drinkable porter and I would definitely order this again.

BLIND AMBITION – A popular Belgian “amber.” Very drinkable. Medium bodied. Nicely complexity in the flavor. Low sweetness in the finish. Great belgian pale ale flavor and aroma. Would definitely order this again.

CHESEBOROUGH IPA – This is a fantastic IPA. I was extremely surprised to find it is a 9% ABV brew. It did not taste high in alcohol at all. Dry finish for this style, which I appreciated on this hot day. Amazing hop aroma and flavor with enough malt support to round it out. In general I do not like the way most IPAs attack your palate with hops and leave a thick film after successive sips. This one doesn’t do that at all. It’s a highly drinkable beer and would go well with most foods.

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