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, … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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, … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

Duvel Tripel Hop Belgian IPA

Duvel Tripel Hop Belgian IPA ABV: 9.5% This beer pours a cloudy yellow, like sunshine in L.A., with a thin bubbly head that dissipates quickly. It is noticeably hoppy, though not bitter and stays true to the Belgian golden style. The mosaic dry hopping added a faint but airy bouquet. Grasses and tropical fruit abound … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

Brauerei Alken-Maes Grimbergen Dubbel

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 … [ Read more]

Brewery Vanhonsebrouck St Louis Framboise

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 … [ Read more]

Ommegang Adoration

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 … [ Read more]

Antwerp-Belgium Brewing Seef Bier

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 … [ Read more]

Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Wild

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 … [ Read more]

Big Discount Liquor Reviews Some Brews for October-November 2013

BIG DISCOUNT LIQUOR 3900 CEDAR GROVE PARKWAY EAGAN MN 55122 [email protected] 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 … [ Read more]


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