Keeping dry January going, we have another non or alcohol-free beer. This beer is Grainwave. It is contract brewed by Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, Louisiana. That means that Ceria comes up with the recipe, and Abita brews their beer. Gainwave has Bloof Orange peel, coriander, and Hallertau Traditional hops. This beer pours a cloudy yellow with a bright white two-finger head that is quick to fade. The aroma is sweet from the peels of a blood orang. There are also light spice notes. The taste is also blood orange sweet with hints of coriander spice. I also found tartness on the back of my tongue. The mouthfeel is medium. Then this beer finishes with sweetness and lighter blood orange. This beer is big on the blood orange and tastes more like a fruit juice beverage than anything else. I would give Grainwave a C. It’s not a Belgian-style white, but it’s trying hard to be one, a non-alcoholic one. I would probably go back to this and would recommend it too. It was refreshing too! Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I have never seen this at my local Harris Teeter Supermarket before. Well, the other day, I saw this on the refrigerated end cap.. So naturally I bought a bottle. This beer is Westmalle Tripel, and it’s 9.4% ABV. This authentic Trappist Ale, is from Malle, Belgium. This ale is brewed by the Trappist monks at Westmalle. This beer pours a deep gold color with a big four finger thick white head. It’s slowly fades into thick lacing. The aroma is fruity, sweet, and there is a big of clove spices. The taste is fruity , spiced with clove, malt flavor, candy sugar, and slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is light. Then this beer comes to a fruity spiced finish. Then comes an aftertaste of clove and bitter fruit. This beer is an fine example of a Trappist Tripel Ale. But I now I find that Chimay is just the slightest bit better. I give this an A-. I would still recommend this. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
This ale is a 2016 Great American Beer Festival gold medal winner, a 2015 SD international Beer Festival gold medal winner, and a 2018 Great American Beer Festival bronze medal winner. This award-winning beer is Mischief Hoppy Belgian-Style Ale, 8.5% ABV from The Bruery in Placentia, California. This ale pours a golden color with a two-finger fluffy white head. It gives off pears and citrus fruits with a hoppy, pepper spice. The taste is fruity with pear, melon, citrus, peppery, and hoppy notes. It has an alcoholic flavor to it. It becomes apparent as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium and crisp. This beer then finishes with a pepper hops note with fruit. The aftertaste is hoppy but not like an IPA, just enough hop. It has a fruity aftertaste as well. This ale was a great example of an American Belgium-style ale. I give Mischief Hoppy Belgian-Style Ale an A+. All of the flavors are on point and tasty. I highly recommend this ale. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Belgian Style Triple Ale, 9% ABV is brewed in Chambly Quebec Canada which is an off-island suburb of Montreal. The Uniborue was purchased by the Sapporo Brewery in 2006 after being bought by Sleeman Breweries LTD in 2004. Now that you’re r up to speed on what I consider to be one of the best breweries, especially for Belgian Style Ale. La Fin Du Monde (End of the World) pours a golden orange color with a two finger thick white slow head. It eventually fades into a little white island in the middle. The aroma is sweet, fruity and spiced. The taste is fruity with orange and some banana. There is a yeast quality to it flavor, as well a spiced noted. The mouthfeel is full, and thick. La Fin Du Monde finishes with an effervescence, because this ale probably has more than normal carbonation. There is a fruity yeast flavor in the finish as well. The aftertaste is just spiced fruit with hints of the yeast. It does linger quite awhile. I’ve had the many times before and might have reviewed it ages ago, but this is still good as always. Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Belgian Style Triple Ale is an A. Yes it is strong at 9% ABV but most Belgian Triples are. The flavor does a great job of taking the bigger alcoholic flavor and mitigating them. I highly recommend this one for sure. It never gets old and you can certainly have more that two pints of this without the flavor killing your tastebuds. But the alcohol content may get you first. That worth it for such a taste beer. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Stella Artois Brewery Stella Artois a Lager brewed in Leuven Belgium is a common lager beer that you find at the grocery store or from wherever you buy beer. This beer has been brewed since 1366. Stella pours a clean clear gold color with a.one finger bright white head that fades at a steady pace. The aroma is metallic and sweet with a breaded biscuit note. It’s not the best smelling beer, it smells like average generic beer. The taste is metallic and sweet with a bit of sharpness to it There are some crisp notes with a biscuity flavor. Stella Artois’ flavor is nondescript where you right down to it. The mouthfeel is light. It has a weird finish of the tank it was brewed it. The after taste is well nothing. I did not mind this, but I also didn’t like this. I’d say that Stella Artois Brewery Stella Artois is a D. It’s not as bad as some of the BMC beers (Budweiser, Miller, Coors, It’s not that much better. I would choose Steall Artois over those if those were my only choices. Plus there is so much better beer from Belgium to be had than Steall, like Duevl for example. So if you haven’t had Stella Artois already then don’t try this. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Coming from Charleston, South Carolina Edmund’s Oast Brewery Co. Coin Operated Belgian-Style Ale, 5.5% ABV, which Edmunds classifies it as a Grisette, a table beer brewed with 2-Row, Wheat, Oat malts, Huell Melon, Hallertau, Blanc flavor hops, and Belgian Yeast. Coin Operated pours a yellow color with a four-finger bright white thick fluffy head with very good retention giving off very light lemon notes with a big and bright yeasted flavor hitting the nose. That leads into a taste of a yeasty lemon crispness with a faint spiced note that is refreshing with a white wine flavor in the middle and back of the mouth that comes to a nice refreshing white wine with a bit of yeasted spiced and a nice apple/green grape aftertaste with a lighter mouthfeel. Edmund’s Oast Brewery Co. Coin Operated Belgian-Style Ale is quite tasty getting an A+ from me. I found it to be refreshing with the right amount of spice, white wine, and yeasted flavors a balance of great flavors, which you should experience. It’s a great beer that’s great after a long hot day. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly!
Originally posted July 5th, 2014.
One of the best Belgian styles to have in the summertime is wit or white ale, which is just a spiced wheat beer with orange peel or orange zest and a few other spices added depending on how a brewery and/or a brewery brews it. The Belgian Wit style is very popular and lots of brewers brew it. I rather enjoy the style very much, and I find wits to be refreshing and tasty. In the North Carolina Mountains, we have the Highland Brewing Company in Asheville. The Highland Brewing Company makes a Belgian Wit or white ale called Razor wit, 4.5% ABV and is USBTC grand champion in the Wit category. Razor wit a summer seasonal beer brewed with cumin, coriander, grains of paradise, ginger root, sweet orange peel, and bitter orange peel. Razor wit pours a slightly hazy and cloudy yellow color with a three-finger bright white head, with a decent amount of light coming through with some nice carbonation bubble racing to the head. The aroma is much like a Belgian style Wit should be with a nice scent of coriander and sweet orange and a slight hint of lemon. The taste is good with nice subtle spice from the coriander and other spices used and there is a nice sweet orange taste was well. The taste at first has a nice softness to it then fades into the spices and a just the smallest bitter orange taste on the back of your tongue. The taste is nice and refreshing. Razor wit has a nice spiced finish that doesn’t overpower your taste buds and has an aftertaste of lemon and slightly spiced orange flavors that work well together to make a nice pleasant aftertaste. This is a good Belgian style Wit, so I would give this an A. All the ingredients work well with each other creating a nice balanced Witbier. I would recommend try Highland Brewing Company Razor Wit I know I would enjoy it every time. So go out and try Razor Wit and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Originally posted on March 8th, 2014.
The Unibroue brewery in Chambly, Québec, Canada is probably one of the best breweries’ to come out of that country. They brew mostly the Belgian style of beer. In my opinion, Unibroue’s beer seems to have a classy aria about them, and have some of the coolest labels on their bottles. Here is one of their fine beers, La Fin Du Monde (The End of The World), 9.0% ABV a Triple. This is a bottle refermented, which means that it goes through another fermentation in the bottle, and yes there is yeast at the bottom of the bottle. La Fin Du Monde pours a hazy light golden color with a thin three finger head that is quick to fade away into light lacing. There are nice amounts of light streaming through the chalice with lots of carbonation bubbles racing to and fro. The aroma is slightly spiced and has a nice scent of a light apple and some pineapple along with a yeast character. The taste is big with lots of light spices, probably coriander, and you do get a nice yeasty fruity flavor that is slightly sweet with a bigger booziness alongside a nice effervescence. The mouthfeel is medium to almost a fuller feel with a nice spicy yet sweet finish that leads into a nice yeasty fruity sweet finish that lingers for a short while, just enough to enjoy. La Fin Du Monde is great from start to finish, so La Fin Du Monde gets an A+. I really love the Triple style of beer very much, and this Unibroue La Fin Du Monde is one of the best in my own opinion. It looks great, smells great, and tastes great. It is a top beer for sure. So go out and try this Unibroue La Fin Du Monde and see what you think of it, I highly recommend you do! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly
Originally posted June 7th, 2014
One traditional method that brewers and breweries have been using for centuries is barrel aging. The Belgians are the best at this, but some of you many to agree but never mind that I am not here to be that argument up on the table. When you age a beer in a certain type of barrel the beer tend to pick up little flavors from the barrel, that barrel could be anything from a whiskey, bourbon, rum, white/red wine, oak, or some other type of wood. But there is no set amount of time in which a beer sits in that barrel. That is up the beer brewery and its brewers. Well that sounds all neat and fancy. Take that wine makers. Here is one example, Allagash Curieux, 11.0% Abv. Curieux is a Tripple ale that has been put into an oak bourbon barrel and aged for eight weeks in Allagash’s cold cellars. Curieux was bottled on March 21st 2014 and there are only one thousand case bottled. This beer sounds a little rare. The aroma on Curieux is nice with touches of a peppery like spice and hints of coconut. Now the taste of Curieux is a bit like a white wine but with a hint of soft peppery like spice. The coconut from the aroma is there but much less present along with vanilla. There is the strong alcohol on the back of your tongue. But the alcohol isn’t huge, nor is it really in your face, its just sort of there and say hello as you take a sip. The mouth feel is close to the bottom end of medium. Curieux has a nice sweet and slightly spiced vanilla finish with a nice hint of the 11% abv. The after taste is an extension of Curieux’s finish with a touch more of smoothness. Over all I thought this beer was good so Allagash Curieux gets a B+. The only thing keeping it from an A is 11% abv. It really has a tiny amount of bitter flavors to it but nothing that would keep me from having Curieux again. I would recommend you try Allagash Curieux and see how you like it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!