Brouwerij St. Bernardus Abt 12
What the brewers say
“Dark with a full, ivory-colored head. A fruity aroma, complex flavors, and a long bittersweet finish with a hoppy bite. A balanced beer, with a full-bodied taste and an equilibrium among malty, bitter, and sweet.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Toasty caramel malt sweetness with low spicy phenolics, similar to a saison. Subtle fruity ester profile of dates, cherries, and plums. Low green pepper note. A bit of the mild/earthy/ spicy Noble hops aroma.”
Flavor: “High fruitiness with rich dark fruits of plum, cherry, and raisins. Slight phenolics balance well with the fruit. Aftertaste is fruity with slight alcohol note. Toasty and biscuit malt sweetness. Nice smoothness in this beer. Some slight Noble hops bitterness and earth- iness help to cut the sweet. Subtle malt sweetness and light fruity character are overtaken by a rather strong spicy Noble hops flavor and bitterness.”
Overall: “High carbonation, fruit, and a great warming all in balance. Well- centered in the style. Has all the makings of a great quad, but hops are a bit too forward—almost as much Noble hops character as malt and fruit.”
The best new craft beers available in a beer store near you. Sponsored content.
New Belgium The Hemperor HPA®
Our brewers are always on the lookout for different hops varieties and the complexities and flavors new strains can bring. That’s where hemp comes into the picture. Without getting too nerdy, we found a unique way to recreate hemp terpene flavors in a beer, which complement the inclu- sion of hop flavors and hemp hearts (seeds) in a brand new, delicious way not to mention this beer is extremely dank! The flavors and aromas are so unique that it’s a style unto itself, hence HPA®.
Tröegs Independent Brewing Hop Knife
Cracking open a Hop Knife takes me right to the hops fields in Yakima,’ says our brewmaster, John Trogner. ‘When we’re out there for harvest, walking the fields and talking to the farmers, those notes of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit are everywhere. For me, Hop Knife embodies that whole experience.’
High Hops Brewery Dr. Pat’s Double IPA
Who is Dr. Pat? A dentist, third-generation farmer, and cofounder of High Hops Brewery. Dr. Pat cultivated our on-site hops farm in 2007, which led to the opening of High Hops Brewery in 2012. It’s his recipe that creates this malty, heavily hopped beer. We brew it with continuous hops additions using hops grown in that same field more than 10 years later.