Spring Maple Belgian Blonde Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company in Baysville, Ontario pours a golden honey colour with light amber tinges, a moderate and soapy white head that settles as a stringy collar without leaving much lace at all. This maple-infused ale really doesn’t smell like maple at all, but has a rather odd blend of sour milk, butterscotch, shredded wheat, candi sugar, yeast and soapy hop aromas.
I simply can’t find maple in the taste of Spring Maple Belgian Blonde Ale either. I do get caramel-sweetened malts, yeast, freshly cut grain and graham cracker flavours, accented by floral and peppery hop tones. This ale is medium bodied with rather mild carbonation. There is a slightly creamy and yeasty character in the mouth, but I find it very syrupy overall. The finish is almost cloying and thick with caramel, then the aftertaste is tart, bordering on sour with a lemon oil tone. It goes from one extreme to the other and leaves my teeth feeling sticky.
The bottle Spring Maple Belgian Blonde Ale is packaged in has a shield-shaped logo printed in brown, tan and white that bears the image of maple trees being tapped, as well as a tag around its neck that states the maple syrup used was provided by Ontario Maple Syrup and mentions that an upcoming release from Lake of Bays Brewing Company will be called Rock Cut Baysville Lager.
You will find a description of the beer, a list of ingredients and a sticker containing a best before date on the back of the bottle.
Spring Maple Belgian Blonde Ale has a bit too much going on and is far too syrupy for me. Though it is kind of interesting and possibly worth trying if you like sweeter beers, it’s also a bit bi-polar. If I were to tweak it, I’d definitely up the maple and possibly the yeast content while toning down the grassy hop notes.
I don’t think I would try to pair this beer with many meals, but I would consider trying it with vanilla ice cream, cheesecake or maybe an apple pie. Spring Maple Belgian Blonde Ale can be found listed at more than 100 LCBO stores beginning in mid-February, as well as at the brewery and select licensees around Ontario.
Type: Belgian Blonde Ale
Region: Ontario, Baysville
Brewery: Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 750 mL
Alcohol Content: 7.0%