Belgian IPA

Troubador Magma Belgian Triple IPA

Troubadour Magma Belgian Triple IPA

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In my experience there are two ways to make this beer.  1) Brew an IPA in the US, where more hops is better, then add Belgian yeast and 2) Brew a Strong Golden Ale in Belgium and add hops.  I’ve found that I prefer the latter and this beer confirms it.  The quality of this […] ... [Read more]

New Holland Farmhouse Hatter IPA

New Holland Farmhouse Hatter IPA

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A new variation of their Mad Hatter IPA since last time I sampled a flight of them in 2010.  This one incorporates an interesting Belgian yeast strain to the mix which pairs rather well with the hop profile. Do not be fooled by the old “American Gothic” farmer on the label as this beer is […] ... [Read more]

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

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A few months ago I did some house and cat sitting for friends who vacationed to Europe.  My payment came in the form of beer bought in Belgium and I could not have been happier.  One of the brews purchased was this beauty from d’Achouffe brewery.  It is a hoppy Tripel (or an IPA with […] ... [Read more]

Ale Asylum Bedlam

Ale Asylum Bedlam

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I found this beer’s title appropriate on a couple of levels. First, the label boasts it is a ‘chaotic blend of Citra hops and trappist-style years,’ so there’s that. Second, my wife just left for four days and I’m playing Mr. Mom. Now there is true Bedlam. Just a few days ago I finally squeezed […] ... [Read more]

Great Divide Belgica

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Purchased for a neighborhood get together as something ‘a little different,’ Belgica found its way into my glass just a bit before the crowd showed up. Like, three days. But it was a new beer to me, and new beers don’t sit untouched for too long in my back room mini fridge. I love Belgian […] ... [Read more]

Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury

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With the claims of a Belgian dubbel plastered about, the incredible, deep, dark brown was a bit shocking. There was a caramely tan head that drifted to the top and rested comfortably in a thin film. The scent was more convincing than the look, that indeed this brew was Belgian. Rich caramely, sweet malts were […] ... [Read more]

Duvel Triple Hop

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Upon receiving my email for recently arrived beer from my local Binny’s I made it a point to stop in for this brew. It seems the “triple hops brewed” marketing worked to a certain degree (unfortunately for Miller it had the opposite effect…suckas). As you can see in the picture, there is nice label that […] ... [Read more]

Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold American Tripel

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Well, this is the first Captain Lawrence brew I’ve ever had and let me tell you I was pretty stoked. After hearing about the quality of this brewery I was eager to give them a try.  I’m going to let you read up on the history of the brewery and dive right into this beer. […] ... [Read more]

Green Flash Le Freak

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Upon a recommendation from Lee Williams I decided to pick up a bomber of Le Freak and save it for a special occasion. Surprisingly, that occasion came quickly in the form of an awful day at work. Things have slowed down for the summer making it extremely hard to sit at a desk waiting for […] ... [Read more]

Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian IPA

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From the start, Flying Dog Brewery’s Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA has a lot of hype. It’s Flying Dog’s 20th Anniversary brew, so you at least know that one well-known American craft brewery chose to focus the significance of 20 years into this brew. The label on the bottle adds some more on that note: “Two […] ... [Read more]