Thursday Tasting: Global Brewers Guild

Posted May 30, 2008 in Beer, Beer Pairings, Breweries, Events, Goings on

The Brewsician is back in his new role of fancy-schmancy beer broker. Chris’ new position in the beer world is with Global Brewers Guild and we’re doing a five-flight tasting of a variety of Belgian styles from his portfolio. The special treat is finishing with champage beer! (Oh, yes, we love us some Malheur Dark Brut.)

Blanche de BruxellesLefèbvre
“The natural spice aromas of coriander and bitter orange peels are added during the brewing process. The brewing method, which includes infusion, is very slow. The beer, which is not filtered, is bottled and refermented with yeast and brewing sugar. You need only take a sip of this delicious drink to appreciate the fresh and mellow flavour with its hint of orange. It is really not like any other beer.” [Belgian Witbier / 4.5% abv]

HadesGreat Divide
“Hades is a Belgian-style strong golden ale brewed with a rare Belgian yeast strain that gives the beer a distinctive spicy flavor and aroma. Noticeable hops and medium malt character make it an extremely well-balanced, crisp ale.” [Belgian Strong Pale / 7.3% abv]

La MerleNorth Coast
“Le Merle is a rustic ale, pale in color, inspired by the rich brewing traditions of the Flanders region. Abundant hops and a Belgian yeast strain contribute exotic aromas of tropical fruit.” [Saison / 7.9% abv]

Allagash DoubleAllagash
“Allagash Dubbel boasts a dark mahogany color with ruby hues and a complex malty taste. The finish is dry with subtle hints of chocolate and nuts. With time, Allagash Dubbel will mature in the bottle and acquire distinctive port and sherry characteristics.” [Dubbel / 7.6% abv]

Dark BrutMalheur
(translated) “A dark brown ale with a creamy brown foam and 12% abv. Via special processes (moving and discharging), the yeast is eliminated from the bottle. The secrecy of the taste of oak lies in the beer barrels—Dark Brut rests on young American oak, especially roasted for this beer.” [Bière de Champagne / 12.0% abv]

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