Where do you begin when talking about Texas? Where do you begin when you talking about beer in Texas? Well for now we will start at the beginning alphabetically.
Adelbert’s Brewery is located deep in the heart of Texas in Austin. Austin has a special relationship with beer, art, and youth. Adelbert’s is a craft brewery that specializes in Belgian style ales.
What does that mean when you say Belgian Style Ales? Small lesson, first we have Abbey Ales; brews that are monastical or brewed by Monks. Not as available anymore, but as a style this is where it began. Dubbles, Triples, Quadruples, and Dark Strong Ales.
Next there are Farmhouse Ales, Saisons and Biere de garde. Saison means season in French and refers to those beers generally brewed out of necessity using what is on hand seasonally. Usually those are pale and highly carbonated. As for flavor, they can be very dry, citrus-y, floral, earthy, with an assertive peppery yeast character. Biere De Garde translates to beer for keeping or storing. Biere de garde has a broader spectrum and in appearance be anywhere from light to dark; the difference being the alcohol by volume. The beer is fermented at a cooler temperature to limit the fruitiness and yeast driven flavors.
There are others such as Belgian Blonde, Belgian Strong, Belgian Dark Strong, Witbier, Lambic, Gueuze, and Flanders Red and Brown.
Adelbert’s was started by Scott Hovey as a tribute to his brother George Hovey. Scott Hovey along with David Yancey, as head brewer, have one goal in mind, that goal is creating beer that people will seek out and share with others. Flavor is a priority with this team using noble hops and floor malted grains.
With his passions leaning toward barrel aged beers Brew Master Scott Hovey has created a line-up of Belgian Barrel aged beers for any discerning drinker. The line up of beer is winning awards through-out the beer community .
Dancing Monks 7.2 % Dubble Ale
Travelin Man 7.0 % Belgian India Pale Ale
Naked Nun a 5.8% ABV Wit Ale
Philosophizer 7.8% Saison
Scratchin Hippo 6.9% Bie`re De Garde
Triple B 9.3 % Triple
Oaked Triple B same as Triple aged on oak spirals for several weeks
Flyin Monks 10 .9 % Quadruple Ale
Sun Downer 12% ABV Bie`r
Let’s not leave out the Vintage, Whimsical , and the special releases available. Adelbert’s is not only pushing the limits of what a small brewery can do, he is creatively testing drinker’s palates. Not limiting to barrel aging, but also using oak spirals normally used in wine making to attain oak flavor without a barrel. The result is special release beers such as the Whimsical release of Hibiscus Saison fermented with champagne yeast.
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