Nucleus is the spring 2017 seasonal from Doctor’s Orders. It’s a Belgian oatmeal pale ale.
Doctor’s Orders continues to mix up its seasonals and continues the recent trend of releasing them in cans.
Nucleus, an oatmeal pale ale with a bold Belgian yeast component, harks back to a previous beer, Pulse, a Belgian IPA. The label on the can refers to Pulse as being ahead of its time but as the inspiration for this beer.
It looks like a typical pale ale when you pour it into a glass. There’s a touch of cloudiness to the golden liquid and a frothy white head.
Belgian Saison Yeast Character
Give it a whiff and bold Belgian yeast characteristics pour forth through the cap of foam. Home brewers will recognise the undeniable traits of Belgian saison yeast. There’s some white pepper and a hint of bubblegum.
The beer does what it says on the wonderfully designed tin. Nucleus is clear about what it is from the first time it crosses the senses.
Sipping the beer, it delivers a surprising bitterness with some astringency in the finish. The mid-palate shows grassy hop flavours combined with a smooth mouthfeel from the oatmeal. This dovetails into a biting bitterness and a clean finish.
Satisfying & Approachable
At 5.5% ABV there’s enough body to the beer to make it satisfying but it’s still approachable enough to make for a quaffable clocking-off or lawnmower beer.
Spring in Sydney seems the perfect time for beers that combine a complexity of flavours with an easy-drinking quality. The weather is warming up but we’re not yet at the point where thirst quenching becomes the most important factor in choosing a beer.
This is drinkable, you could sit on a few of them, but there are plenty of layers of flavour to keeps things interesting.
It would go well with a bowl of warm olives and toasted bread, bruschetta, or pub snacks like french fries covered in rosemary salt. Otherwise a simple baguette filled with warm chicken breast and spinach leaves would be a fantastic lunch time pairing.
From: Sydney, NSW
Beer style: Belgian oatmeal pale ale
Malt: Ale, Wheat, Oats, Munich, Light Crystal
Hops: Target, Chinook, Citra, Amarillo
Pair with: Warm olives and toasted bread
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