Hoppy Belgian Ale

pFriem’s Hoppy Belgian Ale is a light, dynamic brew, with notes of papaya, strawberry, mint and wildflower honey. Creamy with a soft round finish, it looks like spun gold. And tastes like it, too. 

ABV 6.7%

IBU 40

FLAVOR PROFILE

White Grape, Guava, Mint, Peach

AVAILABILITY

Winter Seasonal

INGREDIENTS

MALT

Gambrinus Canadian Pilsner, Acidulated

HOPS

Perle, El Dorado, Hallertau Blanc, Citra

YEAST

Belgian Ale

History

Living in the Abbey brewing tradition, lies a sect of beer known as the Belgian Strong Blondes and Strong Golden Ales. These beers are seductive, powerful, and deceptive. Known for being bright and snappy like a Pilsner, but complex like a Tripel, the Strong Blondes live in the 6.5%-7.5% range, while the Strong Goldens makes its way up to 8.5%. These beers are dry, slightly fruity, spicy, and have a soft pear flavor. When bottle conditioned they are bright and sparkly like Champagne and the foam bursts in your mouth as you sip. 

Hoppy Belgian Ale is inspired by a wave of new school Belgian produced beers that have Strong Blonde and Strong Golden ales as their base beer. They are hopped and dry hopped with new German and American hops. The fruity hop characters play well off of the Belgian yeast fermentation profile. This creates a dynamic fruity, dry, unique, and quaffable beer.

Tasting Notes

Spun gold topped with bright white foam. Zesty aromas of pear, guava, peach, white grape, lime, and black tea. Creamy flavors of papaya, strawberry, mint, and wildflower honey. This beer finishes smooth, soft, round, and fruity.  

Food Pairings

Great with salty and fatty hors d'oeuvres such as prosciutto, jamon serrano and gravlax.  Great with pastas such as capellini alla cecca, spaghetti agli e olio, and gnocchi con pesto di Levanto. Delicate fish with a squeeze of lemon or simply prepared fattier fish: sardines, fresh anchovies and Spanish mackerel. Bitter and hearty greens such as Belgian endives, terviso, and radicchio. Raw oysters, steamed clams, and of course mussels and frites.