“Burgundian” dubbel contrasts laidback candi-sugared dried fruiting and sweet orange peel subtlety with sharp peppery hop bittering and wispy tobacco roast. Stylishly embedded prune, raisin and plum tones gain mild honey-spiced chocolate malting as distant licorice-rooted anise star adjunct gains tingly coriander and cumin accents.
On tap at Growler & Gill, summery dry-hopped witbier complacently blends lemon-soured mango, peach, passionfruit and kiwi tartness into grassy herbal thrift and mild fungi-like yeast mustiness.
On tap at Andy’s Corner Bar, creamy brown-bodied Belgian dark ale (limited edition – 2017) makes fine winter warmer. Ripe fig and raisin adjuncts enjoin burgundy-wined black cherry, prune and banana fruiting above mocha-spiced molasses bread sweetness. Dark Belgian candi syrup thickens the mocha fruited frontage.
Well balanced medium-bodied India Pale Ale brings sunny yellow grapefruit brightness, sharp lemony orange rind bittering and tropical peach-pineapple-mango sweetness to the fore above mildly creamed sugar-spiced honey malt sweetness. Moderate pine needling, wispy herbal tinge and grassy hop astringency reinforce juniper-licked floral backdrop while phenol aspirin astringency lingers thru citric-juiced aftertaste.
Underwhelming limited edition 2016 Imperial Stout (with quiet 9.7% ABV) brings moderately creamy brown chocolate frontage, bitter coffee followup and brown-sugared dried fruiting to barley-roasted caramel malting. Oats-charred earthen peat saturates ancillary raisin-fig-plum conflux and latent cola-hazelnut whims.
Persuasively combining Belgian-styled witbier with hoppy American pale ale and prominent herbaceous overtones, well-balanced moderation deserves exalted status. Black-peppered thyme, rosemary, sage and fern herbage rumbles across lemon-seeded bittering and zesty mandarin orange tang above wheat-sugared oats spine. Lightly lingering resinous hop bite reinforces floral-bound citrus nature and raw-honeyed black tea respite.
Fantastic Belgian Kriek gains sour-fruited Flanders Red Ale influence by blending tart Bing cherry sweetness with champagne-fizzed oaken cherry tartness and medicinal cherry-candied astringency. Lightly acidic green grape tannins and puckered cranberry sourness contrast ripe red apple juicing and subtle strawberry sensation beneath rosé-wined cherry serenade.
A meal in a bottle! Peppery Belgian yeast infests lemon-dried herbal resilience, tart orange-spiced respite and rye-toasted honeyed oats spine. Well-balanced, if strangely designated, biere de garde, seemingly crosses dewy Extra Special Bitter crisping with herbal white-peppered Abbey ale musk.
On tap at Ambulance, passive dry-hopped saison (a collaboration with Three’s Brewery) retains dainty yellow grapefruit tang, brisk lemon zest crispness and subtle curacao-mandarin orange tartness. Mild brettanomyces bacteria deepens sour citric acidity over sugary wax-candied crystal malt base.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead, well-rounded dark saison squeezes many fine illusions out of dark-fruited souring, smoky mocha malting and variable nuttiness. Dried fig, prune and apricot tones deepen black chocolate roast, cola-hazelnut-walnut conflux and mild peppercorn herbage, finishing with a frothy pineapple-grapefruit fondue frenzy.