Belgian Strong Ale

Beer Review: Founders Blushing Monk (2015)

Producer: Founders Brewing Company; Grand Rapids, MI Style: Belgian Style Fruit Ale Price Range: $15-20 / bottle ( oz) ABV: 9.2% Appearance: Deep, bright red with a small fizzy white head Aroma: Raspberry, faint grass and straw Virginia Pour House Review: Founders Blushing Monk is one of the brewery’s seasonal releases that you pretty much have to get lucky in order to find. I did just that, spotting a bottle in the wild while picking up a keg. It is a Belgian-style ale fermented with pure raspberries. It pours a bright red with a fizzy white head and smells mostly of raspberry, with faint hints of grass underneath. The first taste is mostly raspberry and there’s a nice sourness to the berries. Upon subsequent sips, the raspberry is almost more apparent and the sourness really shines through. I could also discern some of the characteristics of the Belgian malts, with some …

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Beer Review: The Lost Abbey 10 Commandments

10 Commandments Producer: The Lost Abbey; San Marcos, CA Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale Price Range: $12-16 / bottle (750 ml) ABV: 10% Appearance: Brownish-black with a healthy, creamy head Aroma: Slightly sweet, slightly sour, honey, raisins, cranberry, rosemary Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours an opaque, mostly black with a healthy creamy beige head. The aroma is slightly sweet and slightly sour, and notes of sour fruit come through. I get hints of cranberry, but the raisin is also present, along with the sweetness of honey and savory aroma of rosemary. The first sip is quite sour, with lots of raisin and dark fruit coming through. Notes of fig, cranberry, and blackberry come through early while the honey sweetens the middle, leaving a spicy rosemary finish. The mouthfeel is silky smooth in the beginning of the sip and it leaves the palate coated with a sourness in the …

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Beer Review: Mikkeller It’s Alive!

mikkeller it's alive

I went on a bit of a Mikkeller spending spree recently so you may see a few more of their beers pop up soon. I previously reviewed a couple of Mikkeller’s brother’s beers (Evil Twin) but this will be my first Mikkeller review. This one is called “It’s Alive” and the only information that I have on it is that it’s a “Belgian Wild Ale” and that it’s 8% ABV. Here we go! Mikkeller It’s Alive! Producer: Mikkeller Beer; Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium Beer Name: It’s Alive! Price Range: $14.99/750 ml Style: Belgian Wild Ale ABV: 8% Appearance: Dark straw, almost copper, cloudy Aroma: Straw, grass, sugar, spice Virginia Pour House Review: The beer is a dark amber, cloudy with a foamy white head. The aroma is interesting, with notes of straw and grass, a little sourness from the Brettanomyces, and a sweetness with a little spice hiding beneath. It’s very complex. The taste is …

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Beer Review: Stone Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity

Stone hibiscusicity

Stone Brewing Company started an experimental line of beers in the last year called the “Stochasticity Project” (see Wikipedia for definition). It’s a way for them to experiment with different ingredients and make some off-the-wall beers, trying out some new ideas along the way. The series has already given us a gem in Grapefruit Slam and two other mediocre offerings in Varna Necropolis and Quadrotriticale. The latest offering is a beer called Hibiscusicity (say that three times fast). It’s a Belgian ale brewed with hibiscus flower and orange peel and clocks in at 7.4% ABV. Review ahead! Stone Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity Producer: Stone Brewing Company; Escondido, CA Beer Name: Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity Price Range: $9.99/22 oz. Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale ABV: 7.4% Appearance: Hazy pale pinkish orange, foamy white head Aroma: Belgian spice with hints of hibiscus and orange Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a hazy pale pink-orange with a …

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