From Southeast Portland Oregon’s The Commons Brewery comes their “Brotherly Love” 2014 Edition. This beer is part of the Beetje Series named after the Flemish word for “Little bit” it celebrates the Garage Brewery where The Commons Brewery began. These beers are all small batch experimental beers. The Brotherly Love is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale that is aged in second use Bourbon barrels with sour cherries and Cocoa Nibs from both Trinidad and Peru. The beer pours a deep brown almost opaque with a tan head. The aroma consists of cocoa, sour cherries, roasty malts, bourbon, oak and maybe some yeast. The flavour is of roasted malts, bourbon, cocoa, oak, sour cherries, yeast and dark fruits. The alcohol comes in at a cool 10% alcohol although that does not come through in the flavour one bit. This is an amazingly crafted ale and I would love to have a few more bottles of this kicking around (sadly I don’t).
Commercial Description: Brotherly Love is our Belgian Dark Strong Ale, Little Brother, aged in second-use Bourbon barrels with Northwest grown sour cherries and Ecuadorian cacao nibs roasted by Woodblock Chocolate in SE Portland.