Belgian Style Strong Ale
94 Local 1, The Brooklyn Brewery (NY). 9% ABV (5/10)
Hazy golden amber color. Aromas of citrus custard, sautéed squash, banana nut bread and herbal, grassy hops follow through on a supple, satiny entry to a dryish medium-full body with excellent depth and balance. Finishes with a long, tangy dried fruit, honey butter and mossy hop fade. A delicious and complex food ale that screams for rustic and artisanal cheeses and charcuterie.
89 Brother Thelonious, North Coast Brewing Co. (CA). 9.4% ABV (5/10)
Bright roasted nut and melted chocolate aromas follow through on a supple entry to a dryish medium-full body with very good depth and a boozy, brandied note. Finishes in a chewy, toasted pumpernickel, burnt sugar and dried autumn fruit fade with a hint of oak and earthy hops.
89 Trois Pistoles, Unibroue (Canada). 9% ABV (5/10)
Dark brown color. Aromas of star anise, ginger cake and root beer follow through on a round entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with good depth and spicy, chewy malt, nectarine and mossy river stone-accented finish.