Always a favorite of mine, we return again to Belgian Ales. We had a particularly good selection this year, with two kinds of Golden Carolus, a new front runner for my favorite Belgian brand.
Belgian Ales February 2011Cuvee van de Keizer Rood
10% ABV Golden Ale [Type 3]. Tastes like cherry and apple. Dry and crisp. One beer.
Lost Abbey 10 Commandments
A California Beligan Style brewery, Lost Abbey makes strong, often hoppy beers. This one tastes like raisins and honey. A Belgian dark ale [Type 29] 9.0% ABV. Three beers.
Golden Carolus Hopsinjoor
A hoppier version from Golden Carolus. A Belgian Pale [Type 16], perhaps shading towards the IPA. 8.0% ABV. A great pale ale, with fruit, hops, a dry finish, and lots of fizz. One beer.
Sweet smelling with a cherry finish. Mellow overall. Two beers.
Adriaen Brouwer Finest Dark [Type 29] 8.5% ABV. Sweet, with a quick finish. Pretty easy drinker. Two beers.
Pink elephants on parade. Belgian dark, 8.5% ABV.
Belgian pale [Type 16] 10.5% ABV. Belgian sourness followed by sweet cherry.
Dogfish Head Red & White
Belgian wit [Type 4] 10.0% ABV. An usual beer due to the presence of pinot noir juice and aging in oak casks. It combines the qualities of a white beer with a red wine. Very unusual, but very good. One beer.
Belgian pale [Type 16] 8.0% ABV.
Belgian pale [Type 16] 8.4% ABV
And three for which I have no notes other than name, for some reason.
Corsendonk Pale Ale
Lost Abbey Lost & Found