Serafijn Belgian Pale Ale pours a hazy murky amber with an off white sticky head. On the nose, expect very floral, phenolic, Belgian yeast notes to flutter out of the glass. Expect a mild tartness implied in the aroma, similar to SweeTarts candy. Talcum powder, stone fruits and ripe red grapes are present as well, with caramel and apple skin notes emerging as the beer comes up in temperature. The overall sweetness kicks up a bit at full warmth, along with some subdued clove characteristics. For Belgian beer, 6.2% ABV is beer meant for everyday drinking, and we think you’ll agree that this brew is very easy to drink indeed. After an initial burst of sweetness and apple notes, expect a dryness to set in relatively quickly, keeping the sweetness in check. Characteristic Belgian spiciness is very prominent, and comes not from the use of any herbal elements, but entirely from the yeast—and it’s clear that it was a very active yeast strain used in this beer. Notes of pear blossom with temperature, as well as suggestions of rosewater and faintly tart, unripe stone fruits. There is a hefty level of carbonation, and this helps to sharpen the overall bite of the beer, cleaning up the palate in the finish, preparing you for another fresh sip. This Belgian Pale Ale winds down with some stemmy, balsa-like woodiness and low levels of bitterness. Serafijn means Seraphim (plural form of Seraph), an order of angels that serve as caretakers of God’s throne. The name Seraphim means “the burning ones,” and it is said that such a bright light emanates from them that nothing, not even other angelic beings, can look upon them. These six-winged beings constantly shout praises to God, in the form of song, and are the highest rank of angels. A fitting symbol for the brewery of a musician and music teacher. Certainly the Serafijn beers celebrate the accomplishments of their creator, though at only 6.2%ABV, there is no burning, but there is a sublime drinkability. After a few, our beer panel was happily singing their praises. Try pairing with Lobster tail or crab-stuffed shrimp.