Heretic ‘torment’ dark Belgian style ale


image“This 10% Belgian-style dark ale is the dark counterpart to Worry. Torment is a rich beer with lots of caramel, malt, dark fruit, and Belgian candi sugar notes. The luscious fruity character is full of caramel apples, candied pears, and chocolate covered oranges”.

We are rapidly becoming big fans of this Californian brewery and as soon as we took a read of the tasting notes we had to try this beer. This Belgian style ale has Trappist characteristics that add complexity to an already rich and flavoursome beer. Served in a beer tulip the tawny/copper red pour whipped up a creamy 2 finger head that retains well. Good lacing. Some brilliant aromas emanating here – toffee, brown sugar, pear, raisin, peppery spice, clove, apricot, Belgian-style yeast and alcohol. Highly aromatic, this is shaping up to be a brilliant beer. In the mouth it’s full bodied and quite astringent. Medium carbonation. The flavour is just as exciting with the stand outs being toffee/caramel, dates, dark fruits, candy, plum and alcohol. So much depth here. As this beauty warms it reveals a unique liqueur-ish complexity offering viscous notes of fig, vanilla and port. Really good length. Quite a strong alcohol content (10% ABV) which is evident in the flavour, but it never dominates, just adds more body and flavour tot his already exceptional brew. Woah, there aren’t many beers like this on the market at the moment which makes it all the more appealing. If you haven’t yet wrapped your laughing gear around one of these then do your taste buds a favour. Sensational!