Ommegang Abbey, Maredsous Brune & Brasserie d’ Achouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Today at Idle Hands Bar, we took a break from cleaning out the place before construction for another tasting. The fine folks from Duvel USA stopped by with a smattering of Belgian and Belgian influenced beers from Brasserie d’ Achouffe, Maredsous & Ommegang. Here’s a little sampling for your eyes.

– Belgian Dubbel
– 8.5% ABV
– Cooperstown, NY
THEY SAY – Ommegang, our first brew, was inspired by the centuries-old brewing practices of the Belgian Trappist monks. This burgundian brew gives off a variety of aromas, including plum and cinnamon, and packs in flavors such as caramel, toffee, and licorice. At 8.5% abv, it is known to cause spontaneous meditation.

REV SAYS – Ommegang makes Belgian style beers right here in the state of NYC. Generally they’re very drinkable and have a higher ABV then most beers you will run into. With the Abbey Ale, you’ll notice right away the spices used in this brew. A nice peppery bounce with a  clean finish makes it feel like fireworks at Christmas.

– 8% ABV
– Denée near Namur in Belgium
THEY SAY -Maredsous Brune has a creamy, foaming, dark, burgundy color, is easily recognizable by its expressive aroma bouquet. A generous caramel bouquet is completed with masterly fruity touches.

REV SAYS – The Brune is a cold, frothy caramel spicy ride through Eastern Europe.  Is it bread? Is it beer or is it safer than water? How about all of the above and definitely delicious.

– 9% ABV
– Achouffe, Belgium
THEY SAY -The HOUBLON CHOUFFE was brewed for the first time in 2006.  It is an ‘Indian Pale ale’ type of beer, with a harmonious balance between a marked bitterness (three types of hops are used to make it) and a pleasant fruitiness.  The HOUBLON CHOUFFE is unfiltered, and re-fermented in the bottle as well as in the keg.

REV SAYS – I love me a good Belgian especially when it’s unfiltered and this one does not disappoint. The Houblon has the taste of toasted fruity pebbles fighting off a million tiny bubbles with a dance battle on your tongue.

Curious to learn more about Belgians? Click here.


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