Tag Archives: Belgian Pale Ale

691. Sierra Nevada / Russian River Yvan the Great

Sierra Nevada Russian River Yvan the GreatRussian River makes some great beer including some of the most sought after IPAs and sours; Pliny the Younger, Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Supplication, the list goes on and on. Because of this list I was a bit disappointed when I saw the beer included in the Sierra Nevada twelve pack was a Belgian Blonde. 

Pale gold with almost no head. Aroma has plenty of yeast, clove and a bit of lemon. Taste is the best part of this beer with a strong Belgian start and a slightly hoppy lemon finish. Well carbonated very clean finish make this one super easy to drink.

Similar to the last beer I was glad to have tried it but not sure I would want to drink it again. 
Pros:
 Drinkable

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 50
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: This genre-bending beer has the bright, resinous hop profile of an American IPA blended with the dry and complex yeast character of a Belgian farmhouse ale. Yvan the Great is a perfect combination of the two brewing styles—hoppy, dry, spicy, and impressive.

679. Schilling Beer Clervaux

Schilling Beer ClervauxTook my first trip to Schilling Beer a few weeks back and really enjoyed their setup. Great space to hang out at the bar, plenty of tables inside and lots of outdoor seating overlooking the river. They had two flights of beer available which didn’t even include all of the beer they had on tap and they even have a couple of guest taps. Food was excellent and service was top notch.

Of course I couldn’t leave without a growler.  I opted for the classic glass growler although they do offer two different stainless steel versions. I opted for Clervaux which is their hoppy Belgian Pale Ale. This was my favorite beer of the 5 I tried but all were very good. Clervaux pours a deep orange with a nice white head. The aroma is light with a nice mix of hops and yeast. Taste follows with a smooth clean finish.

Overall a very impressive list of beers from Schilling and it should be a stop on any trip to northwestern New Hampshire.  
Pros:
Smooth well balanced
Cons:
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Schilling Beer
Brewers Description: 

553. Maine Beer Company 2013

Maine Beer Company 2013Maine Beer Company is sending out new beers on a torrid pace lately, at least when you compare it to their prior release schedule. We have had Another One, Weez and Red Wheelbarrow along with some brewery only pilots. For me the core Maine Beer Company offerings are still my favorites but it is nice to mix it up a bit. 2013 is their anniversary ale brewed with Allagash and In’finiti. It is a blend of two different beers, one a Belgian pale ale and the other an American pale ale. This makes for a very interesting combination of flavors.

Appearance is a very nice orange color with a solid off white head. This beer left some great lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by the citrus hops but there is also a bit of Belgian yeast smell in there. Taste was much better than I expected with a solid hop profile and just enough malt and Belgian yeast to balance things out and add another layer of complexity.

The collaboration between In’finiti, Allagash and Maine Beer Company worked very well in this anniversary ale. If you can find a bottle I recommend giving it a try.
Pros: 
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers Description: Our 2013 Anniversary beer is collaboration amongst friends, Allagash and In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation.  Given our focus on hoppy American ales and Allagash and In’finiti’s focus on Belgian-inspired ales, we thought it only natural to blend the two styles.  The result is what you might call a hoppy Belgo-American Pale Ale.  2013 is actually a blend of two separate fermentations, one, with our American ale yeast and one with Belgian yeast (Allagash house strain and a Trappist strain preferred by In’finiti).  The “American” version was dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight and the “Belgian” version with Saaz.  Both were then blended together to taste.  The result, a hoppy pale ale with notes of both citrus (American hops) and spice (Belgian yeast and continental hops).

Vitals:

Color – Tangerine

ABV – 5.5%

O.G. – 1.050

Malt – American 2-Row, Raw White Wheat, Flaked Oats, Caramel 40

Hops – Falconer’s Flight, Saaz

*This beer was only brewed once, in October of 2013, and will be available in bottles in most of our markets for a limited time, beginning 10/29/13.   Please enjoy fresh.

507. Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project Magnifico

Pretty Things MagnificoAnother new Massachusetts brewery for me but this one is easier to get as they distribute in Maine. This is a pale ale with a very low 3.4% ABV. I really enjoy these low ABV beers as you can enjoy them with dinner and not get full just from the beer.

This one looks like a pale ale should, a nice light copper color with a thick white head. Aroma is very mild with only a bit of hop and Belgian yeast coming through. The taste is also mild but well balanced and very drinkable. A nice sweet start followed by just a bit of floral hops and yeast. Overall this was exactly what I would expect from a low ABV pale ale. 
Pros: 
Tasty for a low ABV beer
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 3.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 40
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Pretty Things
Brewers Description: Do you ask, “Who is a ¡Magnifico!”?  IT IS A PITY TO ASK SUCH A QUESTION!  Dear friends Magnifico is one of our most favorite seasonal offerings -our friendliest beer ever.  In 2011 we slip him into our line-up without fuss, all by ourselves on a private world-party tour of a small part of Boston.  We swear nobody comes, but no admonishments!

This year, he says hello again my friends and this time he’s in bottle too. We love him because he’s only 3.4% alcohol by volume and perfectly full of lovely Citra, Horizon, Simcoe and Bravo hops.  He also likes barley (because you must in order to make beer).  He has Munich Malt, Crystal Malt and Maris Otter from Inglaterra.

Look at the label of ¡Magnifico!!   It’s also magnifico!  He’s just a little chico – malinki hop with a moustache gigante!  He has big heart for such small creature.  It’s the spirit of beer my friends and friendship and happiness.  And loveliness.  My friends, we hope you enjoy ¡Magnifico!(!) in the same spirit.

Oh, we nearly forget… if you drink ¡Magnifico!(!) in a bistro or cantina make sure you ask for proper glass!  Jambo!