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Farmhouse (5.9% ABV)

farmThe Biere de Garde is a style from the Franco-Belgian border, closely related to the Saison. The recipe was written by Jim Azotea of the Saratoga Thoroughbrews for use on a homebrew system, and scaled up by him to a 7-barrel batch. The alcohol warmth also comes through, which is very unusual for a Davidson Brothers Ale. There is also a moderate caramel sweetness from the sugar added during the boil. The low hop aroma is characteristic of noble hops, with very low bitterness and moderate aroma. The overall impression is of a sweet, caramel, amber ale, with low hop aroma and a noticeable alcohol burn. Expect to see it in late May or early June.

Wheat (5.1% ABV)

whtA traditional British wheat ale—light and crisp. It has a very light body and color, which contrasts nicely with its subtle maltiness.The hops introduce a subtle fruity sense, noticeable in the background. The overall impression is of a smooth, lightly flavored beer.

Danish (5.1% ABV)

daneThis is the only lager in our seasonal rotation. The dark brown color and foamy head give the impression of a stout, and the incredible richness of the roast doesn’t belie this impression. There is a distinct Noble hop aroma. The malty finish is in keeping with the style. The overall impression is of a dark beer, with the roasted character of a porter.

Expect to see it whenever I feel like dealing with the hassle of brewing it.

Belgian Tripel (8.9% ABV)

tripThe Belgian Tripel is a Trappist beer, a cross between a Dubbel and a Quadruppel. It is extremely heavy, with a full body. Incredibly sweet, with a lot of maltiness, and some “pure” sweetness added by the Belgian Candi Sugar we add to the boil. A big beer, the overall impression is of a large-bodied, sweet, robust ale. Look for it around Christmas, or our birthday weekend (Columbus Day).

Golden (5.0% ABV)

goldGolden is a traditional English Pale Ale. It is golden in color (hence the name), with a medium maltiness and body that intertwine with the hop character. There is a medium bitterness and aroma, with a distinctly Americanized flavor. The overall impression is of a golden session beer, medium maltiness and just enough hop character to back it up. Look for it every couple of years.