Warped Wing Ermal’s Belgian Style Cream Ale

Ale brewed with spices and a Belgian flair.  5.4% ABV

Love that crazy artwork!

Warped Wing Brewing Co., Dayton, O.

By Bill Lau

Posted August 29, 2014

The Dayton craft beer scene seems to have reached critical mass in the last year or so, with a slew of breweries opening. Warped Wing is one of the more recent entrants to the mix (opened just this year), located in the former home of  the Buckeye Brass & Iron Foundry (circa 1938), and the first I know of to start packaging some of their beers. They’ve opted to go for 4-packs of 16 ounce cans, with currently 3 beers offered.

We’ll start our review with this self-styled “Belgian style cream ale”, named for the inventor of the pull-top beer can, Ermal Fraze. (As in Fraze Pavilion, site of concerts and many foodie events during the summer; so for any in the area like me who wondered who “Fraze” was, now you know!)

Firstly, I am unable to review the beer itself without acknowledging the absolutely crazy-cool artwork on the can. Warped Wing has found some wonderfully warped imagery to adorn their liquid assets. I love it!

Ermal’s Belgian Style Cream Ale presented a very cloudy appearance, with a color somewhere between fresh-squeezed grapefruit and orange juice or peach nectar. The white head of foam was short lived.

I got loads of yeasty aromas – spicy, earthy, bread dough, some phenols and esters. Quite wonderful!

Body was moderately light with a fine carbonation tingle. Texture and mouthfeel were smooth.

Flavors started out with mild, crisp malt and a light sweetness, then were joined by spices (coriander, cardamom) and yeast and some citrusy fruit notes, including lemon zest and orange peel. A gentle bitterness eased in and dried things out leading into the finish. A lighter, refreshing yet tasty beer. Nice bit of Belgian character. Quaffable, and very food friendly. I have since had a pint on tap with the Greek-style swordish, served atop spinach with a sauce of butter, cream, capers, tomatoes, feta cheese, and herbs at Jay’s Seafood in Dayton, and it paired very nicely, complementing the food. I also think this brew would be dynamite with frites and garlic aioli.

Rating:     Appearance: 4/5     Aroma: 8/10     Palate: 4/5     Flavor: 8/10     Overall: 16/20

Ermal’s Belgian Style Cream Ale

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