Scaldis Prestige Cuvee Speciale 2009 – Brasserie Dubuisson


From Pipaix Belgium’s Brasserie Dubuisson comes their “Scaldis Prestige Cuvee Speciale 2009” a Belgian Strong Ale.  The beer pours an off brown colour with a super fizzy off white head.  The aroma consists of malty, tart, fruit and oak.  The flavour starts with big sweetness, tart, malts, dark fruits, oak, bitterness and an alcohol warmth.  The brew pours a huge 13% without tasting that strong.  This was an amazing Belgian Strong Ale and I hope to find more in the future!

Commercial Description:  Scaldis Prestige starts out as Scaldis Ambrée, which instead of being stored as traditionally in stainless steel vats is matured in oak barrels for a period of six months.  During bottling, a small quantity of sugar and yeast is added to the beer, which, placed in a hot room, causes refermentation in the bottle that gives it a natural cloudiness and a particularly high alcohol content of 13%.  The old-style maturation, in oak barrels, enables the drinker to fine aromas and tannins absent in beers for decades that will delight the most demanding palates. Aromas are found in it that are close to whiskies and brandies matured in oak barrels but in a package of exceptional roundness.  The powerful flavour, the rich aromas, the exclusive bottle and a limited distribution make Scaldis Prestige an exceptional beer.

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Delirium Nocturnum – Brouwerij Huyghe


From Brouwerij Huyghe in Belgium comes their “Delirium Nocturnum” a Belgian Strong Ale.  This Belgian Strong Ale pours a deep brown/ruby colour with a brown head.  The aroma is of sweet dark fruits like prunes, malts and sugar.  The flavour consists of yeast, malts, dark fruits such as prunes, tart, sugar, mild hops and a splash of alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5%.  Much like the Delirium Tremens this is a very tasty brew.

Commercial Description:  Colour and sight: Dark brown-red. A compact white-yellow, stable and lacing head. Scent: Touches of caramel, mocha and chocolate. Spices such as liquorice and coriander are also present. Flavour: Initially, a very good mouthfeel of alcohol and softness. This is followed by an increasing bitterness, partially from the hop, but also from the roasted malt and chocolate malt. Towards the end a nice balance between bitterness, sour and sweet.

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Brooklyn Local 1 – Brooklyn Brewery


From Brooklyn New York’s Brooklyn Brewing comes the “Brooklyn Local 1″ a Belgian style strong ale.  The beer pours a cloudy straw colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of sweet wheat, mild pepper and Belgian yeast.  The flavour is of sweet citrus, mild pepper, sugar, Belgian yeast and some mild hops.  This brew reminded me alot of a saison.  The alcohol content is 9% and the IBU is 26.  This is a very nice tasting brew even if it tastes of a different style to me.

Commercial Description:  In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, we forge barley malt and hops from Germany, aromatic raw sugar from Mauritius and yeast from Belgium into our latest  beer, Brooklyn Local 1. Behind the full golden color you’ll find an alluring  aroma, a dynamic complex of flavors, Belgian flair, Brooklyn fortitude and a dusting of our special yeast. To create this beer, we use the old technique of 100% bottle re-fermentation, a practice now rare even in Europe. It gives this beer a palate of unusual depth. Enjoy it locally or globally, as an aperitif or with your favorite dishes.

Food pairing as per the brewery:  This elegant ale fits nicely with seafood pastas, salmon, shrimp and ham. Thai food is a great match too. Triple crème cheeses love this beer, too.

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Legendary Muskoka Oddity (Vintage 2013)- Muskoka brewery


Spring Seasonal  Available: Feb 1st – June 30th on the East Coast

From Bracebridge, Ontario’s Muskoka Brewery comes their “the Legendary Muskoka Oddity (Vintage 2013)” considered a Belgian Strong Ale but tasting more like a Saison.  This interesting beer pours a cloudy straw yellow colour with a creamy off white head.  The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, fruity, citrus,  orange, spices.  The flavour consists of yeast, huge pepper, orange peel, juniper berries, citrus and some spices.  The alcohol content of this beer is 8% but you will not taste it one bit.  This is a beer you should pick up if you are able to find it in store.  If not, do what I did and hunt high and low and then when you cant find it have it brought into British Columbia other ways.

Commercial Description:  Each year the tempered thaw of Muskoka winter gives rise to new and strange creations. Legends date back to the 1800’s when lumberjacks and fur traders took to the woods and ecnountered the mysterious culture and wildlife in the unknown Northern region. Today, we echo our ancestors’ quest and have unearthed this season’s most distinct offerings. The culmination of these ingredients rests in the LEGENDARY MUSKOKA ODDITY brew.

We invite you to Release The Legend.

Ingredients: Pure Muskoka Water, Heather Tips, Juniper Berries, Sweet Orange Peel Shavings, North American Malts, Noble Hops, Belgian Yeast and Belgian Candi Sugar.

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Vow of Silence Belgian Strong Ale – Parallel 49 Brewing (Dec 23, 2014)


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From Parallel 49 Brewing out of East Vancouver comes theirn limited release the “Vow of Silence” a Belgian Strong Ale.  The beer pours a deep brownish orange with a tan head.  The aroma is of dark fruits, Belgian yeast, bananas, brown sugar, vanilla.  The flavour is of dark fruit, bananas, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, sweetness, a bit of a hops bitterness and some alcohol to finish it off.  The alcohol content of the beer comes in at 9.8% and has an IBU of 25.  This is a very different take on the Belgian Strong Ale but is very tasty none the less.  Great Job!

Commercial Description:  A Belgian-style dark strong ale that showcases notes of stone fruits and raisins. Dark amber in colour with a higher carbonation to keep the beer from feeling to heavy.

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