This new release from California powerhouse The Bruery is a Belgian-style abbey ale brewed with dates, candi sugar and coriander. All those notes are fairly consistent descriptors found in the style, so the additions seem to mesh with the beer seamlessly. The date and burnt candi-sugar notes are upfront on the nose and mouth, with supporting tones of caramel malt, brown bread, black plum, raisin and subtle woodspice. Overall, it's quite sweet and subtly smooth, with a pleasant warmth that unfolds on the finish, though it's not sharp and doesn't overstay its welcome.
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
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Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).