How the time does fly...
Since someone was so kind to ask, the chocolate cardamom ale ("Lune de Miel", see here
) has aged fairly well. The chocolate flavor hasn't really come through, though I think it gives the beer a slightly thicker body and just a hint of non-hop bitterness in the background. The cardamom has become a bit more assertive, creating a mildly astringent sensation on the pallet (not unlike what can happen with chamomille, which is something I've also brewed with).
Personally, I think it's just a bit too sweet--or rather, it lacks the necessary depth of flavor to make the sweetness less overpowering. (Think, for example, about Ommegang, which is very sweet but sufficiently complex that you aren't overwhelmed by the sweetness.) However, it is still very refreshing, with a nice mild estery presence. A good warm-weather alternative to lagers and blondes.
I think if I revisit this ale, I will probably add some orange peel and maybe look at making the grain bill a bit "meatier". Any suggestions from folks with some experience in Belgian styles in particular (Ben
, I'm looking in your general direction) would be welcome and much appreciated.
Hope all's well with everyone around the Beer 'Sphere...I've been busy looking for another job, and I think I have finally found one. More on that later...