In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Societe The Statesman

Aroma: “Very mild nose—fruity, with a bit of tropical-fruit character (mango, passion fruit, lemon, grapefruit) that turns to piney and grassy as the beer sits. Firm malt aroma of toasted bread and caramel.”

Flavor: “Unusual perceived sweetness up front is quite fruity (could be the hops). Crisp and clean with a light body and moderate carbonation. Mild fruitiness (lemon, strawberry, and light grapefruit). Bitterness plays a supporting role with hops flavor up front and malt sweetness in the background. The finish is crisp and dry, with a pleasant lingering bitterness.”

Overall: “Powerful fruity hops flavor from initial sip to final exhale. Medium-full, good caramel-backed malt body, rich and satisfying. Well-

balanced with a crisp, dry, and refreshing finish.”