Ter Dolen Armand
Ter Dolen Armand is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Got this on the crazy cheap ($5 for a 750!?!, uh yeah I’ll try it!) from Habersham Beverage after Quality Distribution got out of the beer business. The best by date on the cage was mostly rubbed away, but I could still see it was for sometime in 2015.
Nothing special in the appearance, but it isn’t ugly either. Slightly cloudy and a muted gold color. The aroma is pleasantly sweet and malty, generic fruit and nuttiness as well. Some sweet vanilla and caramel came out on the nose as it warmed. The taste follows the nose almost perfectly. Malt forward for sure, with great hints of orange, pear and apple fruitiness. The malt profile adds a bit of nuttiness and bread. Slight notes of clove and grass pop out here and there. The finish is solid, retaining the best qualities of the flavor when it is in the mouth.
You can’t beat finding a great beer at a great price, but I have to wonder what my price threshold will be with this one? Not sure I would have enjoyed it so much if it was more than $10 or so.