Topic Archives: Belgian Dark Ales

Posted in Sierra Nevada, Don't Miss This

Sierra Nevada introduces Ovila Mix Packs

Sierra Nevada Ovila Mix Packs

The Sierra Nevada monastic collaborative series, “Ovila” will soon have a mixed pack for it’s fans this month.

A collaboration with California based Abbey of New Clairvaux, Ovila Abbey Ales is a modern take on Belgian-style abbey ales. When possible, the beers feature ingredients grown and harvests on the monks’ 600 acre working farm.

Instead of releasing a bottle one at a time throughout 2016, the brewery is releasing all three in a mixed pack. Each box features three different 750 milliliter bottles of Ovila.  The styles include:

  • Ovila Quad with Cherries
  • Ovila Brown with Mandarin & Cocoa
  • Ovila Saison with Sage

The Sierra Nevada Ovila Mixed Pack is available across the United States while supplies last.

Sierra Nevada Ovila bottles

Posted in Troegs Brewing

Troeg’s Bottles Mad Elf 2014

Troeg’s Brewing (Hershey, PA) has already started bottling seasonal offering, Mad Elf.  The brewery announced it on Instagram Tuesday afternoon, but later deleted the post.

Mad Elf is a Belgian-style strong ale, brewed with cherries and honey. No word if it will be head to shelves sooner rather than later. in 2012, the beer was available prior to Halloween.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale (w/ Sweet & Sour CherriesHoney)
Hops: Saaz, Hallertau
Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Hallertau
Yeast: Spicy Belgian

Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft. Fall/Winter Seasonal

11% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Troegs Brewing
Posted in Ommegang

New Artwork: Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence

Ommegang has already started rolling out new artwork on all their 750s. You’ve already seen the new labels on Biere D’ Hougoumont, currently on shelves. Chocolate Indulgence is no exception. The Belgian style stout is brewed with chocolate, and is available in 750 ml bottles and draft. No future release date announced.

Posted in Brasserie Meteor, New Beers
Posted in Seasonal Return

SEASONAL RETURN: Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence

Chocolate Indulgence was first brewed in 2007 as a 10 year anniversary release.  Due to overwhelming popularity, Brewery Ommegang brewed it again 2008, & again in 2009.  It’s 2010 & this tasty Belgian chocolate treat is back.

Commercial Description:
The taste continues with the intense Belgian dark chocolate gliding across the tongue; starting sweet up front but giving way to rich cocoa flavors at the back. Through it all, a subtle fruitiness from our special Belgian yeast gives the beer brightness otherwise foreign to a beer style normally associated with gray foggy skies.  Lingering chocolate entices the drinker to taste more. Go ahead. Dessert is good for the soul.

Style: Belgian Dark Ale
Hops: Perle
Malts: Unknown

Taste Expectations: Dark chocolate nose.  Taste is dark malts, cocoa, roasted malt.  Bit of dark fruit from the yeast.  The chocolate isn’t overwhelming.

Availability: 750ml, Corked/Caged. Some draft offerings

7% ABV