While shopping my local Total Wine, I stumbled upon this primarily because of the shiny purple foil on the packaging.
Envious is part of New Holland's Cellar Series. It is a fruit ale that is brewed with pears and aged in oak and raspberries. This is the 2011 vintage.
Envious is dark brown ale with a warm, ruby glow. It appears to be very well carbonated, with a very thin cream head that quickly fades.
This is a very aromatic brew. The brandy-like aroma hit me hard as soon as I poured it. Notable scents include raspberry, plum and an oaky whiskey.
Taste & Feel
An effervescent burst of carbonation leads off before any taste sinks in. The flavor is loaded with sweet, sticky malts. Dark fruits are prominent, especially raspberries and prunes. Is is medium bodied with a tingly mouthfeel that offers up touch of warm booziness. The finish has a touch of dusty, dark chocolate. Very desserty.
Pretty good. Not as smooth and well-blended as it could be, but still a solid B beer. This is a decent beer to sip with a rich dessert.
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