Wednesday, May 16, 2012

De Dolle from Belgium

Back in stock at Forsyth and online

De Dolle Special Extra Export Stout...$5.49 / 11.2oz
Rated 98 on RateBeer
Stout is one of the oldest styles of beer, but is still very popular in English speaking countries. Even though stout isn't a traditional Belgian beer style De Dolle Brewers have created a "Belgianized" version of it for B.United.  The stout is brewed only a couple of times each year, with roasted malt, caramel malt and pale malt, Nugget hops and the same fermentation as Oerbier. 

The combination of all that is a bitter, tart beer, with character. Unlike modern more typical stout, this beer has high alcohol, tart flavors, and a big, dry body. It has a dark, almost black chocolate color. The nose is musky, slightly sweet and spicy. Flavors of chocolate , coffee and some hazelnut notes on the palate intermingle with notes of licorice. The enhanced, Belgian beer style gives it a high carbonation level that's very lively. It finishes with a dry explosion of black espresso flavors. 

De Dolle Boskeun...$5.49 / 11.2oz 
Rated 98 on RateBeer
Boskeun is the nickname of Jo, one of the two brothers who started the brewery. As a home brewer, some of his favorite beer to produce were strong blond ales. The word Boskeun means "rabbit", or "hare", so they decided to brew one of his favorite types of beer as a celebration of Easter. 

Boskeun is one of the first real Belgian Easter beers. (Slaghmuylder's paasbier being first). It has been brewed with pale malt, Golding hops, cane sugar and re-fermented with native honey. The label shows a lucky rabbit enjoying his namesake brew! 

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