On tap at Growler & Gill, dry beige-yellowed Belgian-styled lager relegates cellar-aged floor-malted barley, corn-flaked cereal graining and dry hay leathering for bright floral-perfumed lemon zesting. Rustic Belgian lager yeast and herbal Saaz hops promote mild earthen backdrop of light-bodied pils.
On tap at Mahwah Bar & Grill, maple-sugared molasses crowds black chocolate, cocoa and caramel sweetness as well as humble curry-powdered fenugreek nuttiness and spiced toffee snips caress subtle oats-flaked malting.
On tap at Ambulance, opulent Three Philosophers spinoff provides hop-charred black coffee roast and pureed blueberry tartness to original cherry jubilee/ Lambic blend. But its bustling flavor profile never fully integrates since its boldly impulsive dark chocolate-ravaged black coffee richness diminishes the dark cherry and blueberry tartness as well as its tertiary cocoa, toffee, plum and apricot illusions.
On tap at Growler & Gill, subtly smoked chocolate-covered cherry tartness gains dry lemon pucker to increase sour profile of half-interesting Kriek lambic/ smoked porter blend. Rhubarb-caked dark cherry sourness increases above mild peat-smoked earthiness and bitter Blackstrap molasses sinew, leaving distant raspberry piquancy in its wake.
On tap at Morris Tap & Grill, brief lemony cider tartness shelters vinous green grape souring and oaken cherry leathering against caramelized maple molasses sweetness for abstrusely hybridized Flanders Brown Ale collaboration with Belgium’s famous Liefmans Brewery.
On tap at Morris Tap & Grill, ambrosial candi-sugared honey adjunct regales sweet orange-bruised banana pudding, peach cobbler and pear syruping against herbal white-peppered barnyard acridity. Rapturously fruitful frolic gains zesty lemon twist and mild coriander-clove spicing over oats-flaked malts for fairly complex and highly recommended Belgian strong ale.
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.
On tap at Curley’s, richly creamed bourbon-aged chocolate spiciness stays rambunctious above cedar-burnt hop char. Sturdy vanilla-beaned coffee influence and chewy raw molasses gunk deepen mocha resonance. Latent walnut sear contrasts sweet burgundy wisp beneath the bold bourbon chocolate dessert surface.
On tap at Plank Pizza, soft-toned Abbey Ale aged in bourbon and brandy barrels seems a tad thin and underwhelming (despite heady 9.9% ABV), but not at the expense of its spicily candi-sugared plum, fig and date sweetness. Mild port, burgundy, brandy and bourbon illusions add subtle red-wined tannins.
Elegant pale yellow-cleared moderation (in collaboration with Belgium’s famous Liefman) forwards white-wined lemon rot musk to lemongrass-salted citric hop stead and tart grapefruit curdling above mild sourdough respite. Sour lemon-limed yogurt finish fades quick.
On tap at Curley’s, easygoing English barleywine brings tingly brown-sugared molasses sweetness to quaint orange-peeled red cherry, red grape, plum and banana piquancy as well as vanilla whiskeyed snip above flaked barley-oats cushion. Caramel malt base contrasts grassy hop astringency beneath the lightly ethanol fruit-spiced surface.
On tap at Seven Lakes Station, amiable hybridized Belgian dark ale/ traditional stout allows sweet candi-sugared Belgian yeast fusion affect bittersweet cocoa nibs, fudged toffee, Bakers chocolate and barley-flaked caramel malts. Creamy dark chocolate center gains subtle coffee, walnut and hazelnut illusions as well as whimsical dried fruit spicing and slight wood-charred peat mossing. A fine chocolate dessert treat for the holidays.