Topic Archives: Belgian Strong Dark Ales

Posted in Allagash Brewing, Coming Soon

Bottles for Allagash Bourbon Black?

Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black

Allagash Brewing Company’s (Portland, ME) Bourbon Barrel Black is pretty amazing. The Belgian style stout is introduced into bourbon barrels and the result is a dark beer dream. This rare treat has only been available on draft for a while now. Finding it has been a bit like seeing a bald eagle in the wild. Rare, and beautiful.

It looks like Allagash is planning to release some of this treat in 75o ml bottles in the future. This week, the brewery was filling bourbon barrels with black, so we do know more is coming. Black is brewed with wheat, oats, barley and candi sugar.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark (w/ Candi Sugar, Barrel Aged)
Availability: Draft only (Current) Bottles (TBA)

9.3% ABV

Posted in Crux Fermentation Project, New Releases

Crux Fermentation Project Releasing First Bottles

Crux Fermentation Project Doublecross

Crux Fermentation Project (Bend, OR) is excited to release their first round of bottles in the brewery’s history. Among the releases is Doublecross, a dark Belgian-style ale. 16.9oz bottles will hit local bottle shops starting June 7th.

A vibrant reddish-black hue, substantial body and pleasant headiness give this dark Belgian-style ale an alluring first impression. The intense flavors of dark candi sugar conspire to deceive with flavors that remind us of preserved fruits and holiday spicing, but the true agent is the Trappist yeast–and a suspicious drinkability. 

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Availability: 16.9 oz bottles, Draft

11% ABV

Kick off parties on June 7th around Bend, Oregon:


4500 SE Stark St. Portland, Oregon 97215  503.232.8538


3535 SW Multnomah Blvd. Portland, Oregon 97219  503.244.2617

SARAVEZA, 5:30-6:30 PM

1004 N Killingsworth St. Portland, Oregon 97217  503.206.4252


1125 SE Division St. Portland, Oregon 97202  503.234.6012

APEX , 8 PM-close

1216 SE Division St. Portland, Oregon 97202  503.APEX.BAR 

Posted in New Belgium

New Belgium Paardebloem Ready to Go

The latest  Lips of Faith beer from New Belgium is a collaboration with Red Rock Brewing called Paardebloem. As you can assume by the picture, this strong ale is brewed with dandelions along with peach juice and grains of paradise.

Using dandelion greens to bitter a Belgian-style ale blossomed from out brewers collaborating with Red Rock Brewing. This being our sixth interpretation together since 2008. Expect a wonderfully complex ale fermented with wild Belgian yeast and blended with just a touch of w0od-aged beer. Bitterness imparted from dandelion greens and grains of paradise will have you blowing wishes for sips.

Style: Belgian Strong Ale (w/ Peach Juice, Grains of Paradise, Dandelion Greens, Partially Oak Aged)
Availability: 22oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: Coming Soon

9% ABV 

Posted in Heavy Seas, New Releases

Heavy Seas: Holy Sh*t This Is Good!

Heavy Seas Uncharted Waters Holy Sheet

Holy Sheet! is back from Heavy Seas Brewing (Baltimore, MD). Just when you thought this beer couldn’t get any better, the Belgian style abbey ale spent time in a brandy barrel. Sheet is the third release in the new Uncharted Waters Series. (Previously Mutiny Fleet). Start looking for the brandy aged bottle of sexy this month.

Rich, complex and unique, Abbey style ales are transcendent, and ours stands proudly in the ranks. Aged in brandy barrels, Holy Sheet is a mahogany ale brewed with Belgian Abbey yeast, candi sucre, and unique crystal malts. Rounded, spicy caramel flavors mixed with vinous notes and oak overtones, this ale pairs well with quiet contemplation…

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale (w/ Candi Sugar. Barrel Aged, Brandy)
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft (Limited)
Release: May, 2013

9% ABV 

Posted in Midnight Sun Brewing, New Beers
Posted in Coming Soon, Heavy Seas

Heavy Seas Holy Sheet To Be Brandy Aged

Holy Sheet! Uber Abbey Ale will make a return to the Heavy Seas lineup in 2013, in the newly renamed Uncharted Waters Line. This edition will of the Belgian strong ale will be aged in brandy barrels. Debuting in 22oz bombers this March.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark (Barrel Aged, Brandy)
Malts:  2-row, Abbey Malt, Wheat, Crystal, Chocolate
Additions: Candi Sugar

9% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Wraps Up The “Epic” Series with 12.12.12

Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) will officially wrap up the Vertical Epic Series this year with the release of 12.12.12. The series spanned 12 years, and various styles meant to be cellared until this year. The last release is a Belgian dark ale with an array of spices.

epic (ep’Tk) adj. (1) Heroic and impressive In quality. (2) Surpassing the usual or ordinary, particularly in scope or size. (3) Of, constituting, having to do with, or suggestive of a literary epic.

The final chapter in an “epic” series.

As with any good epic, herein hen the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics, and twists & turns as the adventure unfolds. This bottle-conditioned’ ale is chapter eleven. Now is the time to enjoy it in a “vertical” tasting side by side with its ten Stone Vertical Epic Ale brethren! Each one unique to its year of release. Each with its own “twist & turn” in the plot line. Each one released one year, one month and one day from the previous year’s edition. To remind you, the release dates were:

02.02.02 03.03.03 04.04.04 05.05.05 06.06.06 07.07,07 08.08.08 09.09.09 10.10.10 11.11 .11 12.12.12

This year’s Stone Vertical Epic Ale is the very last one. Yep, this is it, The final chapter. Or as they say on the last slide in some old films: “Fin.” No worries though; this edition is particularly well suited for prolonging the experience, as it as Cellarable as any in the sexes, or more. In this, the final edition, you can expect a perfectly balanced *womp* of spices: cinnamon, ginger, allspice, sweet orange peel, clove (only a little!) and rosehips, all in the context of a dark Belgian style abbey-ish beer…but not as sweet. Dry even. Stone style. Thanks for coming on this Epic Stone-style journey with us! You can rest assured there will be new adventures to come…

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale (w/ Ginger, Cloves, Allspice, Candied Orange Peel, Cinnamon, Rose Hips)
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft
Arrival: Early December, 2012

9.4% ABV