ABV 9.0-9.9

Five-Ounce Pours

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*** Florida Keys woman known as “sea hag” kills man over beer refusal. Allegedly. [Miami Herald]

*** Stone Brewing Company prepares for release of its anniversary ale – 16 Anniversary IPA. 9.4% and a DIPA? Yes please. [Examiner]

*** Puritan beer laws continue to lose favor. This time in Virginia. [newsleader]


Unibroue Don de Dieu

Beer No. 14 – Unibroue Don de Dieu

Well-deserving of the high praise that follows. Literally a “gift of god,” it warms this atheist’s heart.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 9%

LOOK: Cantaloupe orange and dark honey. Hazy copper, murky. There are clouds inside these colors.

NOSE: Belgian yeast strain, Indian spices, orange peel.

MOUTH: Toffee, seasoned butter, fresh-cut green apple, white pepper. Unsalted almonds set the stage for a chewy tap dance, belied by the thin head and thinner lacing. It’s pretty much impossible to hold that against this remarkably complex and balanced brew.

Beeradvocate Rating: 92

Hayward Abbey Rating: 96