This was a real surprise. A bottle quietly sitting in the stash as those around it slipped away, often left unnoted from banality. Clouded light amber ale under a fine white swirled head. A simple beer with a focus on malt...ok, and the yeast, too...but it's buckwheat malt. The malt has a strong graininess but also autumn apple. The yeast provides cream and nutmeg spice. Soft water gives a richness to it all and a slightly steeled hop and corriander provides the structure. The buckwheat dryness is like a Canadian stock pale ale but the rest is all Belgian. Very interesting and worth picking up again.
Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.
Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."
Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."