01 January 2008

Sint Sylvester Vooranvond - A HBG Commemorative Ale - The Day After

Last week when Gina and I were in St. Louis, after our tour of AB, we stopped in at Schlafly's Tap Room. We've been to the Tap Room twice, and had a great experience both times - and while we were there we picked up a growler of their Coffee Stout. The stout was a fantastic Christmas treat, but we were really after the growler; I knew we had a free half barrel of Brugge's Sint Sylvester coming at our New Year's Party.

In case you missed the party last evening, we gave away that entire half barrel of beer as a special New Year's surprise - Thanks to Ted and the folks at Brugge, of course - and Gina and I walked out with a growler-full for later contemplation.

As you can see in the picture, this is a cloudy orange brew, with no head and a sweet sharp nose. There's a hint of alcohol in that nose, a dry, tight front, and a smooth mouthfeel with a bit of alcohol bite. It reminds me of Bell's Winter White - a beer we reviewed just a week or two ago. Mild, extremely drinkable, but not the sort of knock out punch you might expect from a Brugge beer. A highly agreeable drink, and one we're proud to have our name on. It's my understanding that this beer is currently on tap at Brugge - so if you want to give it a shot, stop by the restaurant, and let us know what you think.

1 comment:

  1. The folks over at Brugge blog describe the beer like this...

    Easy drinker with a soft sweet malt character. Yeast character with honey-like alcohol, and fruity esters is evident. Reminiscent of pears / pineapples. Subtle yet complex.

    And having read that, it basically says everything I failed to.