Tag Archives: Belgian

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: Ommegang Valar Morghulis

ommegang valar morghulis

When the hit HBO series Game of Thrones started gaining popularity, Ommegang partnered with the show’s creators to brew a series of beers with ties to the series. So far, the series has given us a great Belgian blonde ale in Iron Throne Blonde, a mediocre Belgian stout in Take the Black Stout, and an interesting red ale with some pepper spice in Fire and Blood. The latest entry in the series is derived from the High Valyrian phrase, Valar Morghulis, meaning “all men must die.” Time for a review! Ommegang Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis Producer: Ommegang Brewery; Cooperstown, NY Beer Name: Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis Price Range: $12.99/750 ml Style: Abbey Dubbel ABV: 8% Appearance: Deep red, almost burgundy or chestnut, nice foamy caramel-colored head Aroma: Sweet, caramel, candi sugar, toffee, fruit Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a deep reddish brown color with a nice foamy caramel-colored head. …

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