Ever tried a “bier de garde”? Here’s a great example of the style brewed by New Belgium Brewing. Full of spicy flavor, it really leaves a bite. The yeast creates a “horse blanket” quality called brettanomyces- giving the beer an earthy and hay-like flavor.
It sounds strange, but it’s really pretty delicious. Kudos to New Belgium! Cheers!
I wasn’t a fan of New Belgium’s “Fat Tire”… yes, I know I’ll get yelled at for that – but it just tasted a little “funky” to me. Honestly, I think most people in VA only loved it because we couldn’t get it here. This Snow Day, however, is a yummy treat!
I don’t give up on a brewery, just because I don’t like one or two of their brews – so I picked up New Belgium Brewery’s Winter Ale. I was expecting this beer to taste like most Winter Seasonal Ales, lots of spice and hints of coffee and chocolate. Snow Day, is certainly warm and inviting, but it’s not as sweet and spicy as I thought it would be. This rich brew tastes of bitter chocolate and a little more hop taste than most Winter beers. All in all, I really like it! It’s nice and bold and a little chocolaty!