Category Archives: belgian

Devilish…

I love supporting local beer brewers… and they’ve really been popping up everywhere here in Virginia lately!

Okay… so I realize that Devil’s Backbone has been around for a few years, but I swear it seems like they just came out of nowhere!  I see a Virginia Beer display in almost every grocery store these days, and Devil’s Backbone always has a couple of different styles to choose from.

I tried their “Belgian Congo Pale Ale” and found it rather tasty!  No only do I love Pale Ales, I adore Belgian Yeast – as it makes things a little more “fruity” and “bubbly”.  The combination of hops along with the distinctive Belgian taste makes this a yummy brew – put it on your “must try” list.

Make sure to keep supporting your local beer brewers; They make some amazing stuff!
Cheers!


Champagne of Beers

 

No, this isn’t “real” champagne, but in my opinion is a “champagne of beers”.

Golden Monkey, by Victory Brewing, was one of my first favorite Belgian style Tripels and still remains one of my favorite, many years later!  Not only is it clean and crisp – it really has a lot of body and flavor.  I love the taste that Belgian Yeast gives the beer, almost a slight funkiness – but in a good way!  The hops are perfectly balanced, not over powering the delicateness of this bubble concoction.  A special thanks to my lovely friend, Amy, for this specific bottle.  It was an early Birthday gift that I’m going to enjoy on my Birthday!  I have the best friends!

If you reach for a Golden Monkey, or any Tripel for that matter, make sure to drink it out of the proper glass; it really does matter!

Cheers!


Homunculus!

 

The label of this bottle was CRAZY!  It had a bunch of sperm pictures coming towards a glass of beer.  At least that’s what I thought it was – here… you decide:

 

 

See!!  I bet you thought I was lying!  Crazy beer name with a crazy label, eh?  Well… on to the beer.    This brew is part of Smuttynose Brewery’s 2011 Big Beer Series.  The Homunculus is a Belgian Golden Ale.  Belgian beers are among my favorites, and this one had a nice malty flavor – but unlike traditional Belgian  Ales – it was pretty hoppy, so I was surprised by that bitter bite at the end!  At 9.9% ABV,  it made me feel all warm and toasty inside!

It’s totally a beer to pick up and try – and as a bonus, you get a cool bottle!  Also, be on the lookout for some of Smuttynose Brewery’s other delicious beers – Old Brown Dog (Brown Ale) and even Really Old Brown Dog (Stock Ale) are some of my favorites!  I just noticed that they have a Scotch Ale and a Maibock – those are now on my wishlist!  “Make mine a Smutty!”  Cheers!

 


Irene Preparedness

We stocked up on delicious beer for our beach trip this week… but it’s turned out to be great hurricane supplies as well!  Last night we had a Palo Santo from Dogfish Head… yum!  Here you can see some Ovila, the Sierra collaboration – second addition, which we’re going to try to hold out on opening!  The first Ovila that I tried was the dubbel; it was malty and delicious!  This second Ovila is a Saison and I’m eager to try it.  I just hope this Saison  isn’t too funky.  The third bottle in the series (which I don’t think has been released yet) is a Quad – I have to get one of those!

I hope everyone else prepared well for this storm; I feel bad for anyone housebound without beer!

Cheers!


Flying Dog – Hoppy Hopness!

 

Flying Dog represented with a display of fresh hops, stickers and lots of great beer – at the Mashout Festival this weekend (see my previous post for an explanation of Mashout).  They had two delicious brews on tap, “Raging Bitch” and ” Gonzo”.

The “Raging Bitch” is a Belgian Style IPA which has great body and a lot of hops!  I loved the malty Belgian taste that this beer had and the hoppiness to make this a well balanced beer.  I do believe I filled my glass up a couple of times.  The name, in my opinion, is pretty funny – but I do know they’ve received some grief about it; come on people – it’s beer – have one and lighten up!

The “Gonzo” is an Imperial Porter and full of rich roasted malt.  Think strong coffee, with alcohol!  There is a bit more hops in this Porter than in others I’ve tried – but from trying their other beers, I think Flying Dog just loves the hops!

I’m impressed that Flying Dog donated some of its beers and merchandise to this Maryland event.  While it’s an event of homebrewers – most craft breweries were started by homebrewers!

Cheers!


Dogfish Head’s Best T-shirt Evah!

 

My husband was out of town this past week, working but also living it up like a bachelor!  I’ve wanted this “Fort” t-shirt from Dogfish Head for a couple of years now, so when he was at the brewery, he picked it up – so sweet!  Atleast when he drinks without me, he still thinks about me!  😉

It’s no secret that Dogfish Head is one of my favorite breweries; I love so many of their beers!  From the Red & White to the Palo Santo – they are all really delicious!  This Fort though, is really special.  Just imagine this – lots of raspberries purred and added into a belgian type beer… yes, it sounds delicious – and it is!!   AND… I love my awesome new shirt!


Clown Shoes – Good Beer, Even Better Names…

 

Yes, I admit it, I picked up this beer mainly because of the name and the picture.  I chuckled to myself in the store when I spotted it, and couldn’t resist its charm!  The only down fall, is the cap is just gold – no imprint.  I’ll forgive them that though, as the label is so photo worthy!

If you haven’t tried a beer by Clown Shoes, you should.  This brewery seemed to come out of nowhere with their clever names and tasty brew – and I’m glad they did.

The “Tramp Stamp” is a Belgian Style IPA, using Belgian yeasts and still packing lots of hop flavor.  It was a bit citrusy tasting, brewed with a little bit of orange peel – but over all it was pretty mellow and tasty.  The Belgian style yeast gives the brew a super bubbly mouth feel – one that I enjoy.

I’m into Clown Shoes lately, so be on the lookout for more pictures of their labels!


Pranqster – Gotta Love a Belgian Ale!

 

When my husband went out to the store today, I asked him to pick me up something good and he came back with this delicious brew!  If you enjoy a good Belgian, you must try this Pranqster by North Coast Brewing!   It is crystal clear and so bubbly!  From the floral nose to the amazingly smooth hops – I can tell this is going to be one of my new favorites!  Oh, and did I mention that it comes in a four pack – so you don’t have to drink a whole 750 ml bottle by yourself (but I did have three of these by myself, so eh).

On a side note, I went to the farmers’ market this morning and picked up this awesome veggies (one of the patty pans was actually grown in our own garden – by my amazing husband) and it made me think how wonderful it is to support your local farmers – as well as your local brewers!  It feels good, tastes good and hey, it’s good for you!

Enjoy your weekend and if you’re in VA – stay cool!  Cheers!


Kasteel – Too Sweet, Even For Me!

 

Kasteel makes an awesome Belgian Tripel that I thoroughly enjoy, so a Belgian Strong Ale by them must be stellar as well, right???  Well, not necessarily!

While I enjoyed the maltiness, raisin, spices and warming alcohol feel of an 11% beer – it was surprisingly way to sweet and syrupy for me.  This bottle was split between four friends and it was so overwhelmingly rich with candy sugar, I couldn’t finish my glass.  I was pretty dissapointed, since I was so looking forward to this beer.  But hey, I still love their Tripel – so I’ll just pick that up next time!

Cheers!


Straffe to My Heart…

 

This Bruges Brewery makes beer that goes right to the heart of my love for beer.  Belgian Style Beers were my first step into the “real beer” world, and oh how I still enjoy them.  How could I not – the craftmanship, the bubbles – oh yeah, and the fact that most of the breweries have used the same recipe for hundreds of years.

 

Straffe Hendrik makes a beautiful Belgian Tripel that can outdo almost any Tripel I’ve had the honor of tasting.  Yes, it really is that good.  Subtle at first, but full of rock candy clarity – this beer is something you should try – especially if you love a good Tripel, Belgian style!