Every time I find a new beer from another country I have to give it a go, and if that country is Belgium it is a must. The Abbey Pale Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk caught my eye while perusing the aisles at my local beer mart. While the bottle says Pale Ale the style is actually a Tripel. So to recap, a Tripel from Belgium? Yeah, I’m drinking this.
Archive September 2011
Starr Hill beers are fairly easy to find here in Northern Virginia, so when I found out they had a Pumpkin Porter I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I love pumpkin beers, and pumpkin porters and stouts offer a nice twist on the standard Pumpkin Ale. If the pumpkin elements in their Boxcar can hold up to the roasted malts of a porter it should be a good beer, but if they’re drowned out it could be a simple porter…with some pumpkin “stuff.”
Earlier this year, Stone Brewing Company held their “March Madness Homebrew Competition,” with around 40 different submissions that were judged. The winners, Jason Fields and Kevin Sheppard, entered their Cherry Chocolate Stout and left with a collaboration beer that hit shelves. In collaboration with Stone and Tröegs, Fields and Sheppard brewed this beer with a blend of dark-roasted specialty malts, Callebaut chocolate liquor, vanilla beans, and 9000 pounds of dark and tart cherries.
According to 21st Amendment Brewery out of San Francisco, CA the idea for their Hop Crisis Imperial IPA came about a few years ago when hop prices shot through the roof. So, what did they do? “We made the biggest, hoppiest IPA we could imagine and aged it on oak for good measure.” At 9.7% ABV this oak aged Imperial IPA in a can could prove to be genius or clearly missing the mark.
Barleywines are a favorite style here on Passion Beer, normally complex, strong, sweet, and [sometimes] hoppy. Finding a good Barleywine is always something to celebrate. The latest candidate is the Flying Mouflan from Tröegs Brewing Company. With over 100 IBUs this should be on the hoppy side of the spectrum and at 9.3% ABV, be nice and strong.