On tap at Plank Pizza, sumptuous garnet-hued Belgian singel brings dark candi-sugaring to bittersweet dried fruiting and glazed chestnut sweetness. Laidback burgundy-wined plum, prune, raisin and purple grape illusions pick up sour cream milking at the finish.
Resounding candi-sugared plum and currant tartness picks up chewy dried prune sweetness for oaken foeder-aged Belgian dark strong ale. Tannic red wine foeder barrels add mossy earthen dew remnant to dried fruited nature deepened a tad by tertiary blackberry, boysenberry and cranberry illusions. An arcane peculiarity for adventurous denizens.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead, ‘audacious’ 25th Anniversary Belgian dark ale lets honeyed date and green raisin adjuncts sweeten beside dark candi sugaring. Molasses-sapped vanilla bourbon whir and sustained brown chocolate influence outlast fig-dried berried fruiting of rich oak-aged elixir.
On tap at Morris Tap & Grill, lovely Buffalo Trace bourbon sweetness picks up brown-sugared molasses spicing and caramelized vanilla creaming for velvety Belgian dark ale. Sweet orange-peeled coriander, cardamom, mace and grains of paradise flutter by alongside tertiary coconut milking.
Bustling brown-bodied Belgian dark ale (with well disguised 12% ABV) loads spicy dried fruit pleasantries atop dewy cellar funk and vinous grape must. Rum-soaked raisin sweetness, oaken cherry tartness, dry burgundy-sherry wining and hard-candied citrus souring combine for dauntless medium body.
Slickly cloying whiskey-malted caramel and toffee viscosity burned away by murky ethanol acidity. Though almond-pasted pecan sweetness and dried-fruited prune, raisin and fig sugaring aren’t out of place, they’re buried behind oily alcohol astringency.
Inviting candi-sugared Belgian dark ale elegantly blends brown ale-like pecan-walnut-hazelnut conflux with chocolate-roasted dried fruiting. Spiced plum, raisin and date illusions gain slight alcohol warmth and ashen hop char at silken mocha-fruited finish.
On tap at Growler & Gill, updated 2017 version lists ‘Belgian-style’ on amber ale label. Closer to a straight-up Belgian dark ale than its lighter pale style, its beet-sugared prune-raisin, apricot and banana sweetness contrasts lightly vinous red wining, whiskey-daubed medicinal hints and wispy acidic solvency. Dewy peat earthiness provides fertile base.
On tap at Biggie’s, mighty fine high octane 2017 (11% ABV) version of Christmastime Belgian dark ale boasts heightened ethanol esters, darker rub red hue and intensified Bing cherry essence as well as more refined wildflower-honeyed astringency. Distant cinnamon, clove and allspice seasoning sweetens treacly backend alongside sugarplum, cocoa and pine nut nuances.
On tap at Ambulance, dandy Christmastime Belgian Strong Ale (9.5% ABV) tweaks honeyed chocolate, caramel and toffee malting with candi-sugared tart cherries. Beneath light molasses-draped mocha malt spicing lies vanilla-sweetened banana, raisin, date and fig illusions escalated by rummy 8% alcohol burn.
On tap at Taphouse 15, welcoming hybridized Belgian Dark Ale (sans “cherries and honey” of original Christmastime elixir) retains syrupy dark fruiting and candi-sugared Vienna malt spine. Sugar plum, fig, date and raisin illusions pick up sinewy orange-bruised liqueur warmth. Just a tad dryer and less complex than Troegs Mad Elf.
On tap at Ambulance, luscious fruit-soured ale finishes like a raspberry-filled dark chocolate cake. Lightly soured raspberry candy tartness gains Belgian-like candi sugaring to contrast plum-dried lemon pucker above raw wheat-oats spine.