Dogs, Books, and Beer. Not necessarily in that order.

Reviews by Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Hibiscusicity Belgian-style Ale

Hibiscus, orange peel, & decadent spice nose; lemon bar mouthfeel, buttered wheat toast; nice carb.

Fallen Angel Belgian-style Golden Ale

Big headed, bas-relief lacing. Nose full of yeast and sugar. Crisp apple’s bite.

11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

It’s been a wonderful Saturday, starting with a drive (down to The Country Vet, but you take what you get) with Jennifer and Maddie, moving from there to a bit of shopping (although the lamp I bought didn’t work), then to a little bit of work (more corrections), followed by a Maddie-led walk downtown (Straight to Petaluma Pie and Copperfield’s Books… what a dog!), and ending up in my chair reading a few stories, including the impressively chilling tales by […]

Super Cru

We’re over at Jan and Randy’s for veggieburgers and the baseball game. I’m having a New Belgium Lips of Faith Super Cru.

PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale

Last Friday, I had a gangster. Tonight, I’m having a PranQster, North Coast Brewing Company’s Belgian Style Golden Ale. I love a good California Belgian, and this one promises “antique yeast strains, producing a floral nose, full fruity flavor, and a clean finish.” Sounds fun. Or will it pull the chair out from under me?

10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

Brewed with “Muscat, Gewurztraminer, and Sauvignon Blanc grapes and chamomile”? Could be interesting.


After a day of behaving at a dry-but-for-Fresca company picnic, this goat-legged fellow called to me from the BevMo shelf: “Thirsty, friend?”

A Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale

Sometimes you just need a little sumpin’ wild… Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale is very citrus-y. Brighter and bigger than I remember Lagunitas’ Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ and Little Sumpin’ Extra being. Nice and bitter. Enough carbonation to tickle the roof of the mouth. Mouthfeel somewhere between a wheat and an IPA. Notes of malt, tangerine, and grapefruit.

Decadent Evil

Got to like a beer with a pinup on the label. Valley Brewing’s Decadent Evil Belgian Style Golden Ale is tasty, indeed. Golden and effervescent, with little-to-no lacing on the glass. Notes of caramel and honey (more honey flavor than many meads I’ve had). All-in-all, an impressive California Belgian. And, at 9.5%, it’s certainly “decadent,” though its “evil” has yet to be proven.