Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style AleMarch 27, 2014
Salt Lake City and Denver
Brewed with Maris Otter, Pilsner, Cherry Wood Smoked Malt, Caramel 60, flaked barley and Demerara rough cut candy sugar and hopped with Perle, Sterling and Tettnang hops. This release is a blend of beers aged in whisky and bourbon barrels.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1098
AVAILABLE: AZ, CA, CO, DC, ID, NC, NJ, NV, OH, OR, MI, MN, UT, VA, WA, WI
Handsome label says buy me. You will be glad that you did! Deep brown ale has bright amber overtones, topped with a gorgeous tan head. Curious nose is smoky and herbaceous, unique and contemplative. Luscious honeylike palate is sweet and well-balanced, coating the mouth with a distinct malty character with a clean and very pleasant long-lasting aftertaste. Excellent with alder and applewood smoked ham sandwiches on freshly baked pumpernickel, topped with smoked gouda, heirloom tomatoes, lettuce and grained mustard.
- Charles Finkel
Deep amber ale not to be confused by a chill haze. Aroma is a preface to maximum complexity, popping full and satisfying of fruity banana, mellow smoke and complex oak woodiness. Flavor is a balanced juggle of elements with smooth, sweet malt riding ahead, and mellow smoke and oak wood finishes. Belgian fruitiness makes a stand in the middle. Luscious heat of a full body and alcohol experience. Get down and get it on. This beer intrigues and delights. Additional age will certainly take this in interesting directions.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and National Beer Examiner at examiner.com. Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.