Victory Wild Devil

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Victory Wild Devil 6.7% ABV Still a pretty young beer and already popping its cork with some diabolic authority! Pours a light amber with a frothy eggshell head, compliments of the Brett. The nose picks up an awesome bouquet of lemony citrus, fresh vegetal grassiness, and already a little bit of tart funk. What’s wild here [...]

Petrus Aged Pale Ale

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Petrus Aged Pale Ale 7.3% ABV, 10 IBU If you are looking for a face tightening sour, this is your companion. This Flaunders Oud Bruin really brings greatness to the table. It pours with a two finger fuzzy head, exciting your nostrils with sour aromas, lemon, and a touch of funk. As you touch the glass [...]

Brau Bros Bancreagie 26

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Brau Bros Bancreagie 26 ABV: 11.5% Add another unique beer to cross off your list! Medium to dark brown color, light head, and apparent smoke on the nose with a little funk! While one might be skeptical of smoke and sour, the peat and lactobacillus–induced sour notes meld well offering a mild tartness, then a [...]

American Wild Ale: A Profile

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This Style Profile peers under the hood of American Wild Ale, the most interesting style this side of the BJCP. By Michael Agnew Illustration by DWITT When discussing American wild beers, it’s hard to talk about “style.” The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) doesn’t have a listing for it. These beers are relegated to the [...]

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Founders Old Curmudgeon

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Founders ABV: 9.8% | IBU: 50 If this beer tasted like its name, it would be a crusty, bitter, unpleasant man. Fortunately, it’s not. It pours a beautiful ruby orange color with a light creamy head. Brewed with molasses this beer could easily become overly sweet, but the prominence of mild hops generates a bitterness [...]

Brouwerij Timmermans Bourgogne des Flandres

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Timmerman ABV: 5.2% | IBU: – Pours a reddish brown with a thin but lingering head. Carbonation is taught, leaving a tight lace. An initial sniff immediately brings to mind the malt room of your local brew supply store, dried hay, raw honey, and roasted corn husks. At first blush, the pallet is all malt [...]

Avery Old Jubilation Ale

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Avery ABV: 8.3% | IBU: – A gorgeous rendition of a classic English Old Ale, and brewed for the merriest of seasons. At 8.3% ABV this baby keeps you warm without the boozy flavors or hot nose. No spices are added but the mingling flavors and aromas would certainly suggest otherwise. Toffee, chocolate, hazelnuts and [...]

Rodenbach Grand Cru Ale

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Rodenbach ABV: 6.0% | IBU: – Grand Cru Rodenbach Ale is delicious to drink any time of the year, but is especially refreshing in the summer months. With a deep brown color and persistent off-white head, complexity is already obvious at first glance. The aroma of musty cherries, green apple, and damp wood are striking. [...]

Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale

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Bells Brewery ABV: 4.8% | IBU: – Bell’s Third Coast beer is an American blonde ale. You don’t see too many of these around and it’s a shame. It pours a beautiful golden color and crystal clear. It’s a medium bodied beer with good head retention. Although it isn’t a huge robust beer, it has [...]

Bockor Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge

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Bockor ABV: 5.5% | IBU: – Jacobins pours a gorgeous cola-like reddish brown, topped with a short-lasting creamy brown/white head. The aroma has everything [you should] look for in a Flemish Sour Ale: a touch of leather, tart cherry skins, old/wet oak, a hint of forest floor, perhaps some nuts, vanilla and raisiny fruit skin. [...]

Old Ale: Like a Fine Wine, But Better

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A Style Profile of a Real Classic by Michael Agnew Hopped beers were first introduced into England from Holland sometime around 1400. Hops have preservative properties that stabilize beer and help prevent spoilage. Their arrival on the island allowed for the brewing of strong beers that were meant for aging. They were called “stale” beers; [...]