Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bad Band, Better Beer; Big Belgians

Full Sail's annual Imperial IPA, Slipknot, is out and about. I picked mine up at Kelly Liquors on Wyoming for $4.99. Not a bad price for a DIPA, but when I poured the beer and sniffed it, I swear it smelled just like their regular IPA. That's not a good sign. But the 8.2% ABV beer is assuredly a DIPA,with 80 IBUs and one of the more bitter ones I have had lately. There is no pine to this one, just straight citrus and that almost harsh bitterness. Don't love it, don't hate it. It's one of those B minus-ish DIPAs.

Some more Goose Island beers are turning up at Jubliation, all being Belgian styles. Sofie, Pere Jacques, Matilda, meet the readers. Readers, please open your homes to these beers. Sofie is a very dry Farmhouse style ale that is 6.5% ABV. Pere Jacques is an 8% ABV Abbey Dubbel that I haven't tried yet; Dubbels aren't my favorite style. Matilda is a 7% ABV Belgian Pale Ale, kind of in the Leffe style of beer, though pricier: a four-pack costs $11.99. Pere Jacques and Sofie both come in 22 oz. bottle form and cost $6.99 apiece.

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