19 February 2011

Max's Belgian VII, v. 2.0

According to Casey Hard, Max's kicked an even 100 kegs in the first 16 hours of the Belgian fest.  Now, granted, a lot of those are sixtels and even smaller kegs, and many had second or more kegs of the same product switched in.  Nonetheless, here's a list of new beers put on draft Saturday:

Bockor Bellegems Bruin
Bosteels Pauwel Kwak
De Dolle Dulle Teve
De Dolle Oerbier
De Hoevbrouwers Toria

Hof Ten Dormaal Dark
Scaldis Peche Mel [mmmm, sounds tasty...]
Slaapmustke Triple Night Cap
Smisje BBBourgondier
Steenbrugge Triple
Stillwater/Max's 25 To 1 (draft, cask, and special cask with cocoa)
Strubbe Pils
Verhaeghe Echt Kriekenbier

My tasting notes start with the Stillwater/Max's 25 To 1 casks, an 8.5% Dark Abbey Ale:: a stout-black beer, full of bitterness from roast and hops with a bit of Belgian yeast character evident, VERY dry and sort of tart, a bit chalky and almost leaving a residue of hops on the tongue.  The cocoa-nib variation adds a bit more balance, if not any real chocolate flavor as in a "shot of Hershey's syrup" you get with many "chocolate beers"--more of a mild milk-like creaminess in the mix.

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