Monday, February 17, 2014

Gate Crusher

Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery is a great brew pub in North Conway, New Hampshire. It is a must stop for me when I'm in the area.

I go for the fantastic fresh brewed beer and creative food selections.

On my recent visit, I was rewarded with a new beer - Gate Crusher Belgian Strong Ale - the strongest ale they have ever brewed..

Gate Crusher (9.7% ABV) is served in a 16-oz shaker pint glass. It is a bright coppery amber with a small but clingy head.

My impression of this beer in smell and taste is think big, boozy hefeweizen.

Grain is front and center with sweet malty undertones and some hoppy bitterness. The alcohol in this brew is not in the least bit shy. It makes it's presence known in smell, taste and feel. That's not necessarily a bad thing. The finish is grain and booze and a hint of bitterness.

The mouth feel is fairly full with lots of carbonation and alcohol tingle.

Gate Crusher is a big beer, to be sure. A big, flavorful beer. Enjoy with caution.

Overall: very good

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