Tomorrow, NoDa Brewing (Charlotte, NC) taps Belgian Snowglobe, a Belgian strong ale with Christmas spices. Clocks in at 8%, draft only. Here’s Sir Chad to tell you more.
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.
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.
Saint 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]
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.
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
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.