One thing that I learned about Virginia? People are insanely friendly. If you’ve ever been to Jersey or are from Jersey, people here on average are not all that friendly. If you go to a bar, someone may talk to you. If you go to a bar in Virginia, it’s weird if people don’t talk to you. Thus was the case of this beer. I was at the bar (which I’ll go into more detail with a later post) and the bartender had actually heard of my blog and recommended this local brew to me. Since Blue Mountain just started being distributed in New Jersey, I figured I would give this one a shot.
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A truly spiritual ale, Evil 8° will blur the lines of what you think you know about American beer. Brewed in the Belgian Abbey style using caramelized Biscuit malt, Goldings hops and a unique strain of brewers’ yeast.”
Random: It’s been a beautiful two days out here in Jersey. Since it’s basically rained for the past month, the sunshine is really nice to see.
This brew poured with a half a finger of white head, which dissipated slowly and left little lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light brown color with little carbonation visible. The nose was light for the style. I got a bit of nuttiness and Belgian yeast with some raisins and other dark fruit. The taste was filled with raisins, dates, Belgian yeast and hazelnuts. After a few sips, some nutmeg and clove came through as well. The booze was not a factor in this one either. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with a pronounced date flavor. This wasn’t the best dubbel I’ve ever had, but the flavors are pretty good and it was pretty drinkable. It’s worth a shot if you see it.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0