750ml caged and corked bottle purchased from Phoenicia Foods in Houston, TX.
Pours a very deep amber colour, coppery, but very clear. Body is firm and the carbonation is fine and languid. The head is something of a disappointment. Indeed, it seems extremely undercarbonated, especially for a BdG, and ends up with only a very fine ring of pale orange bubbles. This also explains why the cork was really quite difficult to pop.
Nose is also underwhelming. Surprisingly sweet, with a slightly sticky syrup note immediately, even when cold. As it opens up, there come some more notes I associate with the style: some coppery metallic notes, a little orange flesh and some slightly spicy notes of clove. It's still not that exciting, but it works enough by the end.
Taste is, however, a departure back to lassitude. Here, the metallic note is just about all that's there, but the lack of carbonation is really problematic. There's a kind of wet, sweet flatness to it, that perpetuates a flavour of cardboard and grain sack. Slight characters on the back give a flavour like water mixed 75/25 with orange juice. It's dull and tending towards unpleasant.
Feel is the worst part of it—it's crying out, begging even, for some carbonation. It's flat and dead and this does the flavours no favours at all.
By the end, this is a mess, and a mess that I don't even want to masochistically drink. It's overly sweet, but dull at the same time. It feels simple but also messy. And that carbonation—really, it needs something. Just a little bit would provide a vast improvement. This isn't good.