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TGIF: (Velvet) Lords

The first impression is a good one, conveyed by the inviting appearance...

TGIF: (Velvet) Lords

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.

This week why don’t your try…

Velvet Bubble Lord: Flying Monkey’s

The first impression is a good one, conveyed by the inviting appearance. The initial pour is a rich purple color, slightly hazy, with a finger plus of head. Although it is short lived, it leaves a nice egg shell white of spotty lacing in it’s wake.

The sitting improves with the first smell. You’ll detect wafts of light citrus, mingled with Pinot Noir and hints of blueberry. Meanwhile, lemon verbena and touches of floral and citrus weaves their way in. This aroma could perhaps be a bit more forceful without detracting from the experience. But the subdued hints of the fruit is pleasant.

On to the taste. This brings a punchy citrus flavor to the taste buds initially, followed by splashes of acidic sweetness. The blueberry and lemon really stands out here. After the first few sips, weedy hop qualities come to the forefront, offering an earthy sensation to the sitting.

As for the mouthfeel, Velvet Bubble Lord is medium-light bodied, punctuated by crisp carbonation and a dry finish that is near chalky.

Overall this a creamy, milkshake-esque beer that comes together nicely and is stronger than the sum of its parts. Best paired with traditional pub fare favoring sharper, salty sides to balance the sweeter sections of the drink.

By the numbers:

  • ABV : 6.0
  • IBU : 15
  • MALT : 2-Row Pale Malt, Crystal Maple Malt
  • HOPS: Mosaic

Find out more about Velvet Bubble Lord on Flying Monkey’s website, and get it at the LCBO.

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Stu Lynam

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