Thursday, December 20, 2012
Newburgh Brewing Company's "Sterk Ale Von Hoodie"
Brewery: Newburgh Brewing Company
Location: Newburgh, NY
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Appearance: Beautifule godlden hues, with not much of a head. Razor thin creamy white head. Decent amount of lacing on the glass despite the absence of a defined head, and the lacing sticks fairly firmly to the glass.
Aroma: Definitely getting a lot of spice on the nose. Predominantly clove aromas, followed by nutmeg and brown sugary notes.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Spicey notes (mainly clove, pepper) dominant the initial tasting, whoch slowly gives way to a molasses/brown sugar sweetness. The finish consists of the brown sugary sweetness followed by a small, insignificant bite from the alcohol. However, you hardly notice it, making this beer incredible drinkable, and dangerous with it's 10.2% ABV.
Overall: 10 out of 10. I loved this. I am a huge fan of Belgian Strongs, but at times I feel like the spice notes become a bit too much. In this brew the spice notes aren't overpowering, and the sweetness of the malts are allowed to shine through to the finish. A completely enjoyable ale that will keep you warm on those cold winter nights. This is, hands down, my favorite beer from Newburgh at this moment. So remember, it's part of their "Brewed With Heart" series of beers, which means it won't be around long. So, the next time you're looking to warm yourself up on a cold winter's night, get down to the brewery on Colden St. in Newburgh and allow this beer to wrap it's warm arms around your frigid flesh! Cheers!