Abbey of the Holy Goats | The Goat’s Ascension

When I come across a brewery that specializes in traditional brewing techniques while focusing on specific styles, I am immediately intrigued.  Abbey of the Holy Goats, in Roswell, GA, is one of those said small craft breweries that focuses on Belgian-style beers. The beer in judgment, The Goat’s Ascension, is a Belgian-Style Red Strong Aged in Port Wine Barrels.

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13.9% ABV, No listed IBU

This Belgian-Strong comes in a 22oz bottle that opens via a bottle opener. I’m pointing this out because for a Belgian-style beer in a bottle of its size, I would have been more pleased with a distinctive corked experience; needless to this in no way diminishes the quality or taste of the beer. It’s just a preference.

Opening this beer and pouring it was such a beautiful experience. The body was a deep copper brown with a monstrous and vibrant but dark tan head. Rising directly from the head, aromatic notes of sweet malt. Very fruity and youthful with dark fruits like raisins, prunes and dark cherries; reminiscent of a red wine. Once I was fulfilled with the aromas of the Ascension, I rose the glass to my lips and experienced the pillowing carbonation with slim amounts of esters and alcohol coming through. Coming in at basically 14%, I was surprised.

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Now, let’s get to how it tasted.

The sweetness and esters seem to be the focus of attention as they race against each other during their journey over the palette. Hops play a role mid-way that eventually lead to a minor to moderate alcohol burn. Some oak on the finish as well. Nothing overwhelming about the Ascension, but at the forefront of this beer, it will be sweet. As I mentioned, it’s well balanced between the minimal hop presence and the 13.9% alcohol bite.

I guarantee this rich and semi-sweet beer would pair perfectly with a nice dry cheese or some type of aged apple sausage. I’m getting hungry just thinking about how that would be together.

 

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