Blacklist Or de Belgique

Blacklist Or de Belgique

Blacklist Or de Belgique ABV: 9.5% This Belgian Golden Strong Ale with a name meaning “Gold of Belgium” lives up to its name! A golden color and aromas of tropical fruit, honey, and burnt sugar are the first welcoming notes. The flavor is malt-forward, but accompanied nicely by a slight acidity, lemongrass, bananas, and spices, which [...]

Brauerei Alken-Maes Grimbergen Dubbel

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Brauerei Alken-Maes Grimbergen Dubbel ABV: 6.5% Grimbergen’s version of this classic style shows a clear, deep-mahogany color with an orange tinge that reflects grandly in the light. One can barely notice the sandy-colored head at the top. The nose is unmistakably Belgian and is rife with candy such as toffee, cotton candy and brown sugar with [...]

Brewery Vanhonsebrouck St Louis Framboise

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Brewery Vanhonsebrouck St Louis Framboise ABV: 4.5% If the Lozen Boer is the brooding Belgian patriarch, then the St. Louis Framboise is the whimsical, aloof, stylish cousin of the Belgian family. The palate is filled with ripe raspberries and a tart refreshing finish. It’s a total gateway beer because it lets you dabble in beer without [...]

Ommegang Adoration

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Ommegang Adoration ABV: 10.0% A rich bouquet of dates, dark cherry and pecan praline is balanced by notes of leather and tobacco. A warming, boozy spice cuts the brown sugar sweetness on the palate. Delicately spiced with coriander, cardamom, mace, grains of paradise, and sweet orange peel, this semisweet Belgian Christmas ale would go great with [...]

Antwerp-Belgium Brewing Seef Bier

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Antwerp-Belgium Brewing Seef Bier ABV: 6.5% This unique recipe dates to post WWI (1918-19ish). With its Belgian roots, this pale ale pours like a traditional Belgian, but the aroma and the thick head sets this beer apart from the others. Seef Bier is a really earthy, cloudy beer (hence the swirling needed in this traditional [...]

Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Wild

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Lagunitas Brewing ABV: 8.8% Fresh off the truck from Petaluma, California, Lagunitas brings us Little Sumpin’ Wild, the seasonal offering of their year-round staple,  Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’. Lagunitas got a little help from their friends in Belgium by using Westmalle Trappist Yeast in this pale wheat ale. Weighing in at a hefty 8.8% ABV, this golden straw [...]

Big Discount Liquor Reviews Some Brews for October-November 2013

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BIG DISCOUNT LIQUOR 3900 CEDAR GROVE PARKWAY EAGAN MN 55122 BDLEAGAN@GMAIL.COM FOLLOW US: @BDLEAGAN   Big Discount Liquor is a store specializing in having something for everybody. With a fine selection of wine, liquor, and beers of all types BDL tries to please a wide variety of customers. Expansive craft beer selections help solidify the [...]

Apple Valley Liquors Reviews Some Brews for October-November 2013

Apple Valley Liquor Municipal Store #3 5470 157th St. W Apple Valley, MN 55124 952-953-2525, ext. 3   Apple Valley Liquor 3 is the newest and largest craft beer destination store in the south metro. Established in 2008, our store can proudly profess to the largest selection of beer, wine & spirits south of the [...]

All About (Modern) Saison

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Style Profile explores a quintessentially Belgian treat. By Michael Agnew Illustration by DWITT Saison as a style is notoriously hard to pin down. In this country, we have chosen Saison Dupont Vieille Provision as the benchmark. The Beer Judge Certification Program guidelines for saison describe this beer perfectly. Many American brewers who adopt the style [...]

De Koninck Brewery De Koninck

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De Koninck Brewery ABV: 5.2% | IBU: 25 This classic Belgian beer has just recently been released in Minnesota. It pours clear amber and smells of toasted breadcrust and caramel. A light chocolate flavor accompanies some biscuit tones and is finished off by a refreshing, minty bitterness. The low ABV is great for when you [...]

Schelderbrouwerij Hop Ruiter

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Schelderbrouwerij ABV: 8% | IBU: – Hop Ruiter is a Belgian Strong Golden ale that blends the yeast-driven flavors of a Belgian ale with the hoppiness of an American ale. The beer pours a hazy straw color, and has the characteristic head of a Belgian golden. It has a pleasant malty sweetness similar to honey [...]

New Belgium/Dieu Du Ciel! Heavenly Feijoa Tripel

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New Belgium & Dieu Du Ciel! ABV: 9.4% | IBU: – As the newest in the Lips of Faith series, this beer fits in well with its unique ingredient list and complex flavors. This darker-than-usual Belgian-style Tripel highlights the use of both Brazilian feijoa fruit, which lends a floral, guava-like aroma and Montreal-based, Dieu du [...]

Rodenbach Grand Cru

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Rodenbach ABV: 6% | IBU: – This classic Flemish Red consists of one third young beer and two thirds oak matured beer that have aged for two years in huge oak vats. First surprise upon pouring is the beer is more of a dark brown than red. The flavors and aromas are insanely broad and [...]

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

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Brooklyn Brewery ABV: 7.6% | IBU: 34 For those who favor Sweet Tarts over Sweethearts, this is the beer for you. It pours a hazy yellow gold with a crisp white head. When the aroma first hits your nose, you’ll immediately notice lemongrass and lemon zest followed by the grassy “funkiness” you expect from a [...]

Borealis Mon Cherries

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Borealis ABV: 8% | IBU: – Another of my top five favorites is Borealis Mon Cherries. Ken, the brewer, lived in Belgium for some time and after sharing a few beers with the monks, brought back a great appreciation for Belgian beers. His dedication and perfectionism shows in his quality brews. The first nose is [...]