Archive for the ‘Belgian Strong Pale Ale’ Category

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Allagash that gets high marks. Everything from their barrel collection tends to be pretty solid.


ABV: 9%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Evora is a golden hued ale with aromas of tropical fruit, honey, and spice. Citrus, oak, and earthiness dominate the flavor and give way to hints of bread crust. Malty and robust, this medium bodied beer finishes fruity, dry, and slightly tart. We brew this beer with Maris Otter Malt and flaked oats, and hop with Sorachi Ace, Hallertau and Northern Brewer. Evora begins fermenting on stainless steel with a classic Belgian yeast strain, then moves over to Portuguese Brandy Barrels, where it ages with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis for over a year.”

Random: I can’t remember if I’ve ever had apple brandy on its own.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a golden-yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was bright with apple juice, apricot and golden raisin and light spice. The Sorachi Ace hops came through with lemongrass too. The taste had some bright tropical hops. Again, the Sorachi Ace really stood out. There was also an apple brandy note which gave it more depth. The spice characteristic was lacking, but what did come out was clove. It had some tartness at the end. The body was lighter than expected with high carbonation. It had a lengthy lemongrass and tart finish. The bottle was $18.99 as you can see from the convenient price tag on the bottle. It came to $1.50 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, but the price point is prohibitive of buying a second bottle. If you have the extra cash, this is worth picking up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Hot tubs gross me out. I’m watching a commercial with people in a hot tub and they just make me think of a tub of bacteria. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.


ABV: 7%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Belgian-style pale ale aged with vanilla beans & fermented with three Trappist yeast strains; zesty hops, gentle malts, and a clean, smooth profile.”

Random: I love the can art from Night Shift. I also like owls, so that helps. If a brewery used an otter on their labels, I would have to buy that.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a golden-copper color with moderate carbonation. On the nose, I picked up golden raisins, Belgian yeast, spice and a touch of alcohol. I didn’t get any of the vanilla bean that was advertised on the can. But, I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. There was some vanilla up front, along with the same golden raisins that were in the nose. There was also Belgian yeast, coriander and a touch of apricot at the end. It had a thick body with a lot of carbonation, which made this insanely drinkable. The finish was quick with coriander and yeast. The flavors in the beer were well-balanced and the addition of vanilla was unique and interesting. Since this was a gift, I’m not sure how much it was, but I would get this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Last night, I made burgers for dinner. I love making my own burgers and I think they come out a lot better than the pre-made ones. This beer is one that would go well with any type of food, including burgers.


ABV: 8.4%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Located in West Asheville, the most recent Wicked Weed addition is this 50 barrel Production Brewery responsible for brewing and distributing our fresh beer offerings such as Freak of Nature Double IPA and Pernicious IPA. Christened in July 2015, the Production Brewery is our answer to the Southeast’s call for more of our beer. Currently, our focus is brewing and packaging our fresh beer to send to North Carolina and surrounding markets with future plans to expand the facility to include tours and a tasting room.”

Random: I made portabello mushroom caps as well. Those were quite tasty.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and straw yellow in color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with yeast, golden raisins and lemon flesh. There was some coriander spice as well. I didn’t pick up any alcohol in the nose. The taste had golden raisins and honey sweetness. There was also some peach flesh and a lot of yeast. Coriander and clove came out as well. There was some alcohol noticeable, but not strong enough to take away from the flavor. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with bread and coriander. I have no idea how much the beer was since this was received as a gift. I really enjoyed this beer. It reminded me a bit of Duvel. I would highly recommend this beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

When I was at Local 44 in Philly, they also had this beer on tap. I had absolutely no idea what to expect from it and this was also my first beer from De Proef. It was also one of the few beers left on tap that I hadn’t reviewed, so I thought I’d give it a shot.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The ‘proef’ brewery is specifically equipped for the development and production of beers for third parties. We brew on a relatively small scale: most often between 10 and 140 hectoliters per order. Our customers include beer architects (who most often contribute to their own recipe), start-up or existing breweries (who have their own recipe or a recipe that is jointly developed), and individual initiatives.”

Random: I thought their small logo glasses were adorable.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick and dimpled cream-colored head. It took awhile to dissipate, but left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy amber with mild carbonation visible. The nose was filled with freshly milled grain and white wine grapes with a touch of lemon juice. The taste wasn’t tart. Instead, it was very dry and filled with white wine grapes. It had the same lightly toasted grain and some cracker from the yeast. I couldn’t pick up any booze from this one. It had a medium thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with grain and white grapes. A 10 ounce pour of this was $8 at a bar in Philly ($.80 per ounce). I really enjoyed this beer and glad I got it. I didn’t know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I picked this up knowing absolutely nothing about the brewery or the beer. I was hopeful that it would be decent, but had no idea that it would be this good.


ABV: 8.3%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to, “In a demonstration witnessed by members of Congress, American inventor Samuel F.B. Morse dispatches a telegraph message from the U.S. Capitol to Alfred Vail at a railroad station in Baltimore, Maryland. The message–’What Hath God Wrought?’–was telegraphed back to the Capitol a moment later by Vail. The question, taken from the Bible (Numbers 23:23), had been suggested to Morse by Annie Ellworth, the daughter of the commissioner of patents.”

Random: Part of me likes this beer more given the historical reference.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly. Despite that, it still left some lacing on the glass and a small crown on top of the body. The body itself was cloudy and bright orange. High carbonation was visible through the haze. The nose was bright and citrusy with Meyer lemon flesh and peel along with coriander. It had some yeast too and a floral note that went really well with the lemon. The taste was equally bright with Meyer lemon, coriander and white bread. I got blood orange too. It had a perfume-like floral note and no booze was apparent on the taste. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with lingering coriander and Meyer lemon flesh. A bomber of this was $13 ($.59 per ounce), which I would happily pay to have it again. This was an exceptional beer and one that I will be searching out again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

When the other half and I were making cookies with friends, I popped a growler of this beer (thus the background of the picture). There was very little available counterspace, so I had to take a picture wherever I found a space. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 8.7%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Simplicity is a Belgian Golden Strong Ale. we brewed this beer using a very simple recipe of high quality European Pilsner malt, simple dextrose sugar and a single addition of Amarillo hops; all fermented with our house Belgian yeast strain. The result is a complex beer that marries esters reminscent of pears and citrus with a hint of spiciness from our house yeast and a slight sweetness from the Pilsner malt.”

Random: I used a growler that my parents got me in California for the first time. It’s aluminum and was very easy to pour and kept the beer really cold even though it wasn’t in the fridge.

This beer poured with less than a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of golden fruit, citrus and golden raisins. There was a twinge of clove as well. The taste was bright with lots of golden raisins, apricot, peach and then transitioned into clove and allspice. At the end of the sip, there was a honey-like sweetness from the malt. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation, but no warming from the booze. This beer was quite enjoyable and I had no problem throwing it back. If you see, definitely give it a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One of the things that I like about the direction craft beer is going in is that we’re getting all sorts of different types of beer. I love carrot cake, so I was excited to try the beer.


ABV: 8.5%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “2015 marked the seventh year of our American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned Stone Homebrew Competition. Juli Goldenberg, this year’s winner, added carrots, raisins, cinnamon and more to a Belgian-style golden strong ale to create a beer that is the liquid embodiment of carrot cake. As the name implies, this beer is richly aromatic and envelopes the palate with decadent flavors of cream cheese frosting, cinnamon, vanilla, carrots and raisins plus subtle malt sweetness, ending with a medium-dry finish. It’s nothing short of brilliant and well deserving of the 24 karat (carrot?) golden opportunity to be brewed by Stone and distributed across the country.”

Random: This beer comes in at 40 IBUs.

The beer poured with a one and a half finger white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was ever-so-slightly hazy and light orange. There was very little carbonation to it. The nose had Belgian yeast, orange zest, vanilla, carrot and spice. I couldn’t single out a specific spice, but the nose was nice. The taste started with carrot and vanilla. Yeast came through next along with spice. I picked up nutmeg and ginger specifically. Alcohol was prevalent in this beer. It gave it a bite that I wasn’t a huge fan of. What I didn’t pick up was raisins. Also, for a beer that billed itself as a carrot cake beer, I expected some icing that reminded me of icing, but there isn’t one. The body was on the thicker side of the style with light carbonation. It had a long finish with bite from the alcohol and spice. The bomber was $8.99, which came to $.41 per ounce. I didn’t hate this beer, but if you’re expecting it to taste like carrot cake, you’re going to be disappointed.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0