Beer Review: SMUTTYNOSE HOMUNCULUS

Beer Review: SMUTTYNOSE HOMUNCULUS

The pour of Smuttynose Homunculus reveals a cloudy amber gold hue with a head that quickly subsides, lacking the effervescence that often accompanies Belgian ales.

Aroma

The aroma presents a medley of spicy fruity Belgian yeast notes, suggestive of white wine, bubble gum, and clove. However, the olfactory experience lacks depth and complexity.

Taste

The initial taste profile is characterized by a sharp spiciness followed by a pronounced bitterness. There’s a discernible metallic tang that detracts from the overall enjoyment. The maltiness is dry, but fails to balance the bold flavors, culminating in a harsh alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel

In terms of mouthfeel, Smuttynose Homunculus boasts a full-bodied texture with a modest level of carbonation, lending a substantial weight to each sip.

Overall

Smuttynose Homunculus, despite its ambitious flavor profile, falls short of its potential. At 9% ABV, it comes across as overly “hot,” lacking the refinement and maturity expected of a Belgian Strong Ale. While there are glimpses of promise within its recipe, the beer demands time to mellow and integrate its bold elements more harmoniously. One can’t help but anticipate a future tasting to witness its evolution.