One of the great things about the beer community is the emphasis on helping out and giving back. Whenever I see a “charitable” beer on tap or at a bottle store, assuming I haven’t had it, I try to get it to support the charity. And now you have your explanation of why I had to get this beer when I saw it on draft.
Style: American Dark Wheat Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The beer is so named because we think cancer sucks – so we are using it to raise money for a local charity. ChemoSabe is what we like to call a Big Black Wheat as it comes in at 8.5% ABV. We added just a touch of Wasabi which just adds some complexity to the beer, not heat. It started because Rob heard about a little girl in the Philadelphia suburbs (Phoenixville) named Gabby who was diagnosed with a rare form of a cancerous brain tumor. We decided to raise money to help her and her family through this troubling time by selling this beer at the taproom in 12oz glasses and donating $2 per glass to her as well as charging an extra $10 for a growler fill which went directly to her as well. You can learn more about her at Get Well Gabby. Sadly, Gabby has since passed away, but ChemoSabe will live on; raising money for local families fighting cancer.”
Random: The Phils won tonight! Totally excited and it was a great game to boot.
This brew poured with a cream-colored, half a finger head. It left huge amounts of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with moderate carbonation. The nose was overly mild. I got hints of wasabi and wheat. The taste was a bit more complex. I got wasabi with dark wheat notes. Some cocoa and coffee came through as well with a dose of roasted malts. The booze was very well-integrated into the brew with no warming on the end. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a long spicy finish. This beer was definitely interesting, if nothing else. It wouldn’t be a beer that I could drink many of, but I’m glad I tried it.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0