Review: Silk Lady, Dick's Brewing

Silk Lady
Dick's Brewing Co. — Centralia, WA

  • Style:  Belgian Golden Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV:  4.4% ABV
  • Malts:   Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Lighter, refreshing Belgian-style ale. This mash consists of a small quantity of Munich and caramel malts for a light body and color. A larger percentage of wheat malt gives this beer it's crispness and drinkability.  It is hopped sparingly for minimal bitterness and mellow hop flavor and aroma. We ferment with a classic Belgian yeast strain which gives this beer unique fruity esters." — Dick's Brewing Brewing Co. 

Random thoughts:   I bought this beer at John's Market in Multnomah Village.  I've never seen it anywhere else in the Portland area.  This is part of my series on Belgian-style beers.   

The tasting:   Deep gold, slightly hazy, with a white head that dissipated quickly.  Aroma of caramel malt with the spiciness of coriander and pepper.  The same elements were present in flavor, but were a bit muted.  It also had a touch of malt sweetness in the middle.  I didn't notice the hops in flavor, and it had very little bitterness.  Medium bodied, with medium carbonation, the effervescence left an unusual "scrubbing bubble" sensation in the mouth.  It finished dry.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.   Most of the Belgian Golden Ales I've tasted have been much higher in alcohol content.  If you're looking for a sessionable version of the style, give Silk Lady a try.

Have you tried Silk Lady or any other beers from Dick's Brewing?

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