I bought this beer just for the curiosity of how a honey Belgium style beer brewed in bourbon cask would taste. If you do a Google search, its been mostly massacred. Just in my household the beer caused some major controversy over its taste. Personally, Shock Top’s Honey Bourbon was so unique that I found myself sipping it continuously because I couldn’t put my finger on what I liked and disliked.
Here’s what the brewer has to say about the Honey Bourbon Wheat: This Belgian-Style unfiltered wheat ale is brewed with honey, caramel malt, and aged on bourbon cask staves for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment all year round.
Belgium Style Unfiltered Wheat
Price: $8-$9 6/pk
My Tasting Notes:
The Honey Bourbon pours with a copper haze and very little head. You can definitely smell the honey and bourbon hints on the nose. The honey is definitely at center stage here and I can see why some folks would characterize this as syrupy. Though I found that the finish bourbon cask flavor toned down the initial honey taste for a nice balance.
I honestly kept sipping this beer trying to pin point what the entire flavor profile was. All the flavors are kind of a mess on the tongue, but I found this bizarre in a good way. If you are adventurous I would recommend having this on a flight or tasting night with friends. It was intriguing to see people’s reaction to Shock Top’s newest addition. Like I said, you will get some really strong opinions of, “God that was awful,” to “damn that was pretty tasty.”
This week we paired the Honey Bourbon with a delicious bowl of Beer Bacon Mac and Cheese. Recipe and photo by Donna Elick. This was definitely the ultimate comfort food and paired nicely with the sweetness of the Honey Bourbon beer.