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I haven’t tried any IPAs from Ommegang, but when I saw this one, I knew I had to try it. They do Belgian styles well, so I figured they couldn’t be bad at IPAs.

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ABV: 8.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tucked between lush hills and alongside a lazy river, beyond the lights and crowds and bustle, is a brewery unlike any other. From this bucolic setting in Cooperstown, NY, comes a very special new beer: Great Beyond Double IPA. More so than any other beer ever crafted at Brewery Ommegang, this beer was designed to be transcendent – to transport drinkers to an idyllic Upstate NY state-of-mind and being. The new brew ships nationally throughout June in six-packs and draft. The first beer Ommegang has released since it was named Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for mid-sized breweries at the 2016 World Beer Cup, Great Beyond Double IPA is a build upon the highly successful Nirvana IPA. Nirvana debuted almost exactly one-year ago throughout the brewery’s northeast backyard of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In only 12 months, as reported by IRI in NY Food data, Nirvana is already the #3 selling NY-IPA. Overall, it is the #13 selling IPA 6-pack despite having weighted distribution well below 50%. ‘Double IPA is a style we were excited to brew – it’s a further exploration beyond the Belgian-styles we are known for historically,’ said Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster for Brewery Ommegang. ‘Nirvana received such a great reaction, of course we wanted to see if we could take that to another level. And I’m really excited we are sharing this beer nationally – unlike Nirvana which we restrict to our heartland, fans everywhere can enjoy Great Beyond and tell us what they think.’ Great Beyond pours a hazy light copper color with a thick white head. The aroma is intensely fruity thanks to massive hop editions; notes of mango, pineapple, and apricot dominate the nose, with underlying hints of sweet citrus. The flavor is full of juicy, fruity hop character with resinous pine undertones. The body is pleasantly full with a silky mouthfeel and big balanced bitterness. The finish lingers, finally resolving to a pleasant hop presence. Great Beyond is 8.8% ABV and 83 IBUs, a true palate-wrecker. Brewed with pilsner and Munich 20 malts, along with additions of flaked oats, and dextrose, Great Beyond has a beautifully smooth mouthfeel. Hopping is done throughout the brewing process with a blend of Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Calypso, and Mandarina Bavaria hops, and the beer is fermented with American ale yeast. Great Beyond pairs with big bold flavors like smoked and cured meats, barbeque, curries, and all manner of spicy food such as Thai stir fry. Bold rich chesses like extra-sharp cheddar and bleu cheese are excellent as well. Find Great Beyond in June throughout Ommegang’s distribution area in 12 oz. six-packs and on draft.”

Random: I still haven’t made it up to the brewery yet.

The beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dusky orange color with light, visible carbonation. On the nose, I picked up bright citrus and grass with a hard candy note. The taste was interesting. It started with some grass and bitterness from the hops but quickly went into malt and sugar sweetness. The hops also imparted a fresh orange note. The flavor was well-balanced between hops and malt sweetness. Some simple syrup came through as well. The booze was insanely hidden. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with malt and grass. A bottle of this was $2.42, which came to $.20 per ounce. Despite how expensive this beer was, I was impressed by this offering and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

The next brewery that we went to that day was Maine Beer Co. The brewery opened at 11 AM and we got there around 12. I noticed that there were only 3 bottles of Lunch left. We got a sampler and I decided to buy 2 of the 3 bottles. We tried a few of their other beers and they were all incredibly hoppy, well-crafted and very, very tasty. My only complaint (and it is a very small one), was how heavy their sampler paddle was. I was lucky not to spill it on the way to the table. Their tasting room is a modest size with other tables outside. The place was packed and as we were leaving to visit the L.L. Bean store, the Brew Bus pulled up.

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ABV: 7.5%

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer begins as a malty brown ale, comprised of Belgian aroma, caramel malts, and oats. A bit of lactose adds body and some sweetness, and a heaping helping of cocoa nibs in the whirlpool provides further richness, and a deep chocolaty aroma. Hop aroma is nonexistent, and bitterness is there just to keep the sweetness in check.”

Random: I have never seen bottles leave a brewery so quickly. People came in and bought a case and would leave. We saw at least 7 states worth of license plates in the parking lot as well.

This beer poured with a one finger, off white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy mahogany color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had weak coffee and some yeast as well. The taste was not surprisingly, coffee-dominant with light chocolate and vanilla notes as well. It had a touch of lactose as well. Yeast came through at the end. It had significant caramel sweetness as well, but it wasn’t cloying. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was long with instant coffee. This was $16.99 for the bomber, which broke down to $.77 per ounce, which is a bit on the pricey side. Despite that, I enjoyed the coffee flavor and it paired well with the yeast. I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

It’s been a few days without a post, which I guess is to be expected since I’m in end of quarter. So, since I have to go to bed in a few, let’s see how this Ommegang beer that I had over the weekend was.

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ABV: 8%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “n the world of Westeros, Valar Morghulis means ‘all men must die.’ Fans of the hit HBO show chose the foreboding phrase as the name of the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration between HBO and Brewery Ommegang. As part of a Facebook poll, fan voting determined the style and name of the next beer. An Abbey Dubbel was selected and it is perfectly represented by the ‘two-headed’ coin given to Arya Stark by Jaqen H’ghar, one of the ‘Faceless Men of Braavos’ – legendary assassins with the ability to change their appearances at will. On sale October 1st, available in 750ml bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs.”

Random: I’ve only seen a few episodes of “Game of Thrones,” but I’ve really liked the ones I’ve seen.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark brown with light carbonation visible. The nose had raisin, date, nutmeg and clove. It was very inviting and interesting as well. The taste was not as great. I got a lot of dark fruit, specifically raisin, dates and currants, but the spice was dialed down from the nose. There was bready yeast present along with molasses and candi sugar. The booze was sticky and present and the beer felt heavy, although it had moderate carbonation. The finish was long with sweetness from the candi sugar and dark fruit. This was decent, but not the best of the style I’ve had. I felt like because the beer was also advertising a tv show, it could get away with some missteps. For $8.49 a bomber, it was $.39 per ounce, which was still more expensive than I think this beer should be without the “Game of Thrones” connection. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

The other half and I watched “August: Osage County” last night while I drank this beer. It was definitely interesting, although I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending. Anyways, let’s see how this beer went.

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ABV: 7.3%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Boulevard’s brewmaster Steven Pauwels and Ommegang’s brewmaster Phil Leinhart chose to collaborate on a Saison, a traditional Belgian farmhouse ale. We first brewed two separate batches of beer using our respective house yeasts, and then blended them post-fermentation, allowing both of our yeasts distinctive characteristics to come through. Brewed with a mixture of pale malt, oats, rye, corn and wheat. Subtly spiced with coriander, lemon and orange peel. Perle was used as a bittering hop, with Safir and Saaz added for aroma. Each of the two batches was fermented with the unique house yeast from our respective breweries. The result is crisp and bready, with bracing hoppiness and a hint of spice lingering in the background. Join us in raising a glass to our new friendship. Cheers!”

Random: The cat ate his cat grass directly out of the planter today and ripped a few out by the roots and I had to replant them. Thanks meow!

When I opened this bomber, it only had a slight pop on the cork. It poured with a generous, three finger white head that took a few minutes to dissipated and left a crown on top of the body. It also left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark and cloudy amber color with moderate to high carbonation visible. The nose had notes of pear, light citrus, bready malt and yeast at the end of the sniff. The taste was much lighter than I expected, given the name. It had a lot of bready malt and yeast and light pear that was apparent in the nose. Coriander, lemon peel and banana were present as well. After a few sips, the taste goes more into yeast and bread and became a bit bland. It had a medium body with a dry, lengthy, yeasty finish. It had enough carbonation to make it crisp and the alcohol was hidden. At $8.99 for the bomber, this broke down to $.41 per ounce. For not being a very impressive beer, I found this to be expensive and I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I love mussels. I especially love mussels in a decadent broth with some crusty bread. Luckily, the other half is into mussels as well. We ended up at a place in DC called St. Arnold’s that is known for their mussels. They were the best mussels that I have ever had in my life. We ended up ordering 2 orders of them and going through a lot of bread. This was the first beer I had during the first round of mussels.

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ABV: 7.7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This style is a farmhouse ale, and is considered to be in the domain of the Belgian Saisons. Hennepin is a delicious brew for all seasons, it is spicy and refreshing. A moderately hoppy, farmhouse-style ale with a champagne-like effervescence, Hennepin has a crisp start followed by malt sweetness balanced with a firm bitterness. Hennepin has a bounty of great flavors: ginger, spice, orange and toasted grain. Pouring a bright golden color with a spicy-sweet balance of orange peel, sweet malt, hops and ginger, Hennepin makes way for a dry finish with a slight bite of ginger.”

Random: I think you can add duck fat to almost anything and it turns out better.

How have I not had this beer before? This beer poured with a two-finger, fluffy white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the dimpled liter glass. The body was a slightly cloudy yellow with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose had lemon notes with bread and yeast as well. It also had a touch of spice, specifically coriander and clove. The taste had more lemon and less yeast than was in the nose. It had a touch of spice as well, but it was better integrated than in the nose. The finish was long with lots of lemon. The body was thick with heavy carbonation. I really enjoyed this brew, especially with the mussels. I can see why this brew is a benchmark for this style. I would definitely have this one again. I can’t believe it took me so long to review it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

My sister and I decided to hop in the car one weekend and go walk around a town and grab dinner. We ended up heading to Bordentown on the same day that they had a classic car show. They closed down the main streets and everyone brought their cars and parked them along the streets. It was a pretty cool event that was made even cooler when I found a bar with a decent beer selection. This was the first one I had there.

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ABV: 6.8%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Nothing is more evocative of summer than the beautiful aroma of flowers, and the favored flowers of brewers are hops. Our brand new summer ale, Fleur de Houblon (Hop Flowers), is brewed to bring the many elements of summer into a refreshing and easy-to-drink Belgian-style ale. Fleur de Houblon is a rich gold color with distinct floral hops in the aroma that follow through in the taste. Whole-cone Bravo hops are used to impart their earthy, fruity, and floral aromas and flavors. The body and flavor are clean and dry, with pleasing complexity and spicy notes from both primary and secondary fermentation with our unique Ommegang house yeast.”

Random: I’ve driven to Bordentown a few times, but mainly to eat on Route 130. I’ve never been in the center of town.

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated very slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear yellow color with moderate carbonation visible throughout. The nose was very, very light. I got a touch of Belgian yeast and maybe some citrus as well. The taste, thankfully, had a lot more to it. I got pronounced Belgian yeast, apricot and golden delicious apples. There was also some biscuit present too. The body was medium thickness and was a bit under carbonated. The finish was quick and yeasty. Although this beer wasn’t bad by any stretch, given the brewery this is made by, it just didn’t do much for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

So, as I’m sitting updating my posts while I wait for a driver to finish, a Michael Jackson song comes on. I think it was “You Are Not Alone.” I remember when I was much younger, watching a very creepy music video of this song with a naked Lisa Marie Presley (albeit all her parts were covered) and him. I remember actually having nightmares because it looked so wrong. I have no idea how this relates to this beer, although I could probably come up with a weakly related transition, but I think if I watched that now, I’d need a beer to forget that image.
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ABV: 8.9%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: This was released in January of 2013.

Random: I just read an article that someone stabbed someone else over a game of beer pong. I didn’t know that beer pong was that serious.

This brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left some lacing on the glass and a crown that stayed around for the entire glass. The body was a dark brown color that was almost black. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the color. The nose was chocolate, dates, raisins, cola and a touch of licorice. So far, so good. The taste had a more pronounced Belgian influence with the chocolate and dates that were in the nose, but there was definitely cloves and bready yeast in there as well. The body was on the heavier side with large amounts of carbonation present throughout. The finish was long with bready yeast. Although I would deem this brew a “pretty good,” it was definitely not even close to the best offering that I’ve had from the brewery. It’s worth a shot if you like the style.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0