Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad 2011

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad (BBQ)

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Take The Sixth Glass add some Bourbon barrels and cherry puree and what do you get?  BBQ!  As Mark Starr so eloquently put,  the name plays tribute to the great culture of KC, Missouri in that Bar-B-Que is a staple.  I personally think this beer embodies what a barrel aged beer should.  It allows the base style […] ... [Read more]

Boulevard The Sixth Glass

Boulevard The Sixth Glass

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“In the sixth glass sits the Devil himself; he is a little well-dressed man, most charming and pleasant. He understands you and agrees with everything you say. He even brings a lamp to light your way–not to your home, but to his. There is an old legend about a saint who was ordered to experience […] ... [Read more]

Lucky Bucket Certified Evil

Lucky Bucket Certified Evil

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My favorite beer man is high on this newly arrived Nebraska beer. Lucky Bucket may have been around for a while but it is new to Walt’s Wine and Spirits in Oakdale, Mn. This is my first Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Technically Belgian strong dark ales are similar to to Belgian dark ale with a […] ... [Read more]

Great Divide Grand Cru

Great Divide Grand Cru

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Wow!  This beer holds up to just about any Quad on the market today.  Packed with wonderful flavor and boasting a hefty 11% abv it is no wonder they release it January-March (we need something to keep us warm).  Allow me to explain why this beer should be one of your selections for the Winter […] ... [Read more]

Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial Special Brown Ale

Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial Special Brown Ale

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Last night I pulled a bottle out of the cellar … one that I have been looking forward to for some time: Jolly Pumpkin’s Maracaibo Especial (Blend 5, November 2010). This bottle was gifted to me a while back and I was really anticipating it. Maracaibo Especial is a special Brown Ale brewed Belgianly (as […] ... [Read more]

De Struise & Stillwater Outblack

De Struise & Stillwater Outblack

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I must say, information on this beer is limited … just like the beer.  With that said allow me to summarize what I have found in my research for this beer.  For starters it is a collaboration between De Struise in Belgium and Stillwater Artisanal Ale out of the US.  Apparently the beer is a […] ... [Read more]

Avery The Beast

Avery The Beast

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Stick a fork in me. I’m throwing down my weapons. Waving the white flag. Laying down under the bus. Alright already; I’m done. I surrender. This beer owned me. From first pour to last sip, it was utterly dominant … The Empire Strikes Back dominant. It beat me into submission. The Rebel base? Captured. Han […] ... [Read more]

Allagash Odyssey

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I’ve saved this treat for just such a special occasion. The last evening of a great weekend ‘up north,’ I was happy to share with family. It poured into a tulip glass wonderfully, a solid beige head formed at about an inch, looking like a liquid bed of styrofoam. The body was dark, a mahogany, […] ... [Read more]

Dogfish Head Raison D'Être

Dogfish Head Raison D’Être

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In the world of beer, there are Belgians and there are Germans. In many ways, I like to think that this dichotomy can be used to characterize much of the beer world. Belgians are most notably understood in contrast to reserved brewing practices of their neighbors to the east. To understand Belgians, you need to […] ... [Read more]

North Coast Brother Thelonious Belgian-Style Abbey Ale

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If I’m completely honest, I would say that Belgian-style ales don’t really get me that excited. Whether they be genuine Trappist ales from Chimay or Rochefort, or simply “Belgian-style” homages like the North Coast one I’m reviewing … I simply haven’t developed my palate for them yet. That’s not to say that I don’t respect […] ... [Read more]