21st Amendment Monk’s Blood Belgian Strong Ale


21st Amendment Monk’s Blood Belgian Strong Ale 8.3% ABV Apparently when Belgian monks would fast for Lent, they would still allow themselves to drink beer. If they were drinking anything like this delicious meal in a glass we doubt they would have gone too hungry, much less remember fasting at all. Leave it to the […]

Ommegang Brewery Gnomegang


Ommegang Brewery Gnomegang 9.5% ABV Ommegang teamed with Brasserie d’Achouffe to brew one of the finest Belgian-inspired golden strong ales ever to grace a fermenter. The Chouffe yeast gives this beer distinct spicy clove and bubblegum aromas, and the carbonation is aggressive enough to scrub away all that Roquefort cheese you’ve been gorging on lately. […]

Brasserie de Rochefort Trappistes Rochefort 10


Brasserie de Rochefort Trappistes Rochefort 10 11.3% ABV Brasserie De Rochefort, located in the Ardennes region of Belgium, is one of ten authentic Trappist monasteries (look for the hexagonal blue logo on the bottle) and they brew three identical beers to different strength: 6 (red cap), 8 (green cap) and 10 (blue cap). 10 is the […]

Olvalde Farm and Brewery The Auroch’s Horn


Olvalde Farm and Brewery The Auroch’s Horn 10% ABV Joe Pond has been handcrafting artisan beers in the sleepy hamlet of Rollingstone since 2011. Auroch’s Horn, his flagship beer with a style that defies description, is a dandy. Mead? Tripel? Farmhouse Ale? Despite its identity crisis, it’s sensational. Brewed with honey, lightly hopped, unfiltered, and […]

Brouwerij Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait


Brouwerij Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait 8% ABV Geuze is a skillful blend of young and old lambics, aged and re-fermented in the bottle. Mariage Parfait consists of 95% mild lambic aged in oak barrels for at least three years and 5% young lambic. It is the latter that provides the fermentable sugars and wild yeast […]

Brouwerij Van den Bossche Buffalo Belgian Stout


Brouwerij Van den Bossche Buffalo Belgian Stout 9.0% ABV Calling all chocolate and stout lovers, this beer is for you. Buffalo Belgian Stout pours a beautiful dark brown with a tan, creamy head. This beer is packed with chocolate and roasted coffee malt flavors. Belgian beers are known for their yeast characteristics and this beer […]

Stillwater Artisanal Ales Débutante Bière de Garde


Stillwater Artisanal Ales Débutante Bière de Garde 6.4% ABV This beer is the belle of the ball. She smells of sweet honey and a delicate touch of clementine. When you press your lips against hers there is an explosion of sweet floral flavor, with a head rush of apricot and orange rind. The dizzying dance […]

Brasserie Artisanal de Rules La Rules Festival

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Brasserie Artisanal de Rules La Rules Festival 5.2% ABV If you have decided baking is a great way to lower your heating costs, but are scratching your head on a beer to pair with your baked goods we have a candidate for your consideration: La Rules Festival, a Belgian pale ale. With hops from America, yeast […]

Prearis Grand Cru 2013


Prearis Grand Cru 2013 9% ABV If brewers are authors and beers are their stories, then we have a wonderful sipper for your fireside reading. The Prearis Qaudrupel, having been aged in whiskey barrels, brings a wonderful complexity of flavors. At first it looks more like a dark brown ale; however as the aroma opens up, […]

Stillwater Artisanal Ales Saison Darkly


Stillwater Artisanal Ales Saison Darkly 8% ABV Saison-style beers have found themselves in my beer fridge more and more frequently. There is so much variety in this style and Stillwater Artisanal’s Saison Darkly embraces this. For starters, it poured darker than limo tinted windows and I wondered if I had a stout that was mislabeled. It’s […]

Brewery Ommegang Hennepin


Brewery Ommegang Hennepin 7.7% ABV, 24 IBU Named after famed explorer Father Louis Hennepin, this farmhouse saison from Cooperstown, NY, has long been a Minnesota favorite. A beautiful straw color in appearance, this beer pours with a large head that retains well. The nose has many layers, with citrus, wheat, clove, black pepper, and even a […]

Straight from the Source: Day Block Brewing


A closer look at Day Block Brewing. Photos by Brian Kaufenberg Minneapolis tore down so many its historic buildings that it’s a refreshing change when one of those still remaining gets a makeover, and even better when it includes a brewpub. Jeff Hahn, owner of the Day Block building on Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, […]

Boom Island Silvius Belgian Pale Ale


Boom Island Silvius Belgian Pale Ale ABV: 5.5% This Belgian pale ale pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a nice off-white head. Mmmm, summer—this beer was made to be consumed a lot on a gorgeous sunny summer day. The aroma is fresh baked biscuit dipped in sweet, citrusy marmalade with little hints of toffee. Tastes […]

Brouwerij Martens NV Martens Witte


Brouwerij Martens NV Martens Witte ABV: 4.8% Martens Witte pours out a hazy yellowish color. It has a decent sized and frothy-textured head that sticks around a while. The carbonation is fairly light. Both the aroma and flavor are dominated by the addition of coriander and orange peels. It is slightly sweet and there is […]

BOMBrewery Triporteur From Heaven


BOMBrewery Triporteur From Heaven ABV: 6.2% IBUs: 35 Triporteur From Heaven (brewed at Brouwerij Anders) is made by the first brewery in Belgium to bake its own malt to infuse spice flavors including coriander and sea salt into the base ingredients. It pours a bright golden color and has a large, fluffy white head with large […]