Topic Archives: Belgian Strong Pale Ales

Posted in Coming Soon, SweetWater Brewing
Posted in New Releases, NoDa Brewing
Posted in Coming Soon, Mikkeller

Mikkeller Expands “It’s Alive” Treatments with Mango & Chardonnay

Mikkeller It's Alive Mango

Mikkeller expands the It’s Alive treatments with chardonnay barrel aging, with a bit of mango fruit additions. The Orval tribute beer is an easy to drink Belgian style beer with plenty of brett for a funky complexity.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale (w/ Mango, Wine Barrel Aged. Chardonnay)
Availability: 12.7 oz bottles
Arrival: TBA

8% ABV 

Posted in Coming Soon, Mikkeller

More Grand Marnier For Mikkeller. This Time, It’s Alive

Mikkeller Its Alive Grand Marnier

Mikkeller’s It’s Alive has been spending some time in Grand Marnier barrels. ”Grand Ma” is an orange-flavored brandy lmade from a blend of cognac, bitter orange, and sugar. It’s Alive is a Belgian strong ale homage to the Trappist beer Orval.

Style: Belgian Strong Ale (Barrel Aged, Grand Marnier)
Availability: 12.7 oz bottles
Arrival: TBA

8% ABV



Posted in Beer News, Saint Somewhere Brewing

Saint Somewhere’s Lectio Gets New Yeast

Saint Somewhere Lectio DivinaSaint Somewhere Brewing (Tarpon Springs, FL) has changed up the strain of yeast featured in Lectio Divina.  Lectio is a Belgian strong pale ale that is as complex as it is funky.  The brewery just switched up the yeast used in the beer, that is now in it’s 80th generation.  An entirely new culture was used, and is now conditioning in a new batch of bottles at the brewery.  They will hit market in the next 30-60 days. [BA]

Posted in Hangar 24, New Releases

Hanger 24 Barrel Roll #2: Humpty Bump

Hanger 24 Humpty BumpHanger 24 Brewing’s 2nd edition in the Barrel Roll Series is released today.  

Funny-sounding name…real serious beer. HUMPTY BUMP, the second release in our exclusive Barrel Roll Series, begins with a hand-crafted Belgian Strong Golden Ale that we brew with apple cider from the local Riley’s Los Rios Farms and caramelized sugar. This powerful brew is then aged for eight months in second-fill oak bourbon barrels with Brettanomyces to create a one-of-a-kind drinking experience. A complex bouquet of fruit, spice, honey, and vanilla, with a subtle “barnyard” aroma courtesy of the wild yeast. The yeast also imparts a unique funky counterpoint to the slightly sweet, apple flavors. This creamy, full-bodied bottle-conditioned ale will mature for up to five years–if you can wait that long.

Additional Information:

HUMPTY BUMP: A quarter loop to a vertical climb followed by a half loop to a vertical down completed with a quarter loop to level flight.

Release Date: Presale on 8/24, released on 8/27

Total # Bottled: 1,355

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale (Barrel Aged)
Availability: 750ml bottles, corked & caged

9.5% ABV 

Posted in Beer News, Coming Soon, Smuttynose Brewing

Homunculus Bottled Today

Smuttynose Homunculus

Smuttynose Homunculus

Smuttynose Brewing is bottling their newest offering Homunculus today.  This Belgian style offering heads for shelves in July.
Homunculus is a hoppy Belgian-style golden ale. A special Belgian abbey yeast left an alcohol content of 9.9% abv. The grain bill is very simple: 2-Row, Weyermann Carahell, and some cane sugar to lighten the body. Bravo hops are exclusively used for a moderately aggressive 45 IBUs while all the late boil additions are Sterling.

So far so good, but Homunculus’ real moxie comes from its dryhopping. We infused 150 barrels (4650 gallons) with 176 pounds of Nugget hops and 264 pounds of Sterling hops. That’s nearly 3 pounds of hops per barrel of beer! It’s safe to say that you can expect an aroma explosion when you finally get some in your glass.

What is a Homunculus? There are several different definitions that come from psychology, alchemy, and preformation. The word itself is Latin for, “little human.” As you can see from the label art, we were captivated by the preformationist usage of the term. The name was discovered during a brainstorming session. We didn’t want to call the scaled up brew by its original name, so out came the thesaurus. We saw “homunculus” was a synonym for “gnome” and the rest, as they say, was history.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale

Availability: 22oz bombers

Arrival: Mid-Late July, 2011.

9.9% ABV