Winter Beers in Warm Weather

Lately this winter in Richmond is seeming more and more like spring. Even though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, winter still seems like a long ways away. Until then, we’re taking every advantage of the warm weather to sit back on our front porch and sip one of these delicious brews.

Here’s 5 beers that we’d like to share!

Le Bilboquet L’Affriolante / Quebec, Canada / 7.0%ABV Herbed Spiced Ale

This baby comes from north of the states where it’s REALLY feeling like winter. Pouring a rich, unfiltered brownish-red with a nice frothy head, it’s aroma starts you off with that of a red ale but soon lends its way to cream and sweet syrup. The honey character is there for sure, with a little waxy honeycomb flavor too. Amber malt, and maybe a whisper of toasted/smoked malt. Nice length finish and great balance. We ended up liking this more than we imagined.

Mikkeller It’s Alive! / Denmark / 8.0%ABV Belgian Wild Ale

This fermented Belgian wild ale has an aroma of vibrant pineapple with a funky wild, almost barnyard yeast, laced with spices, faint phenol and honey. The taste follows the nose with huge wild funky yeast in a playful sloshly and bubbly concoction. .Touches of pine, honey, citrus, coriander, cloves, and of course, alcohol.

Cigar City Brewing Guava Grove / Florida / 8.0%ABV Saison Farmhouse Ale

NASCAR and sunscreen aren’t the only good things to come out of Florida! Cigar City brings us this delicious 8% Saison Farmhouse Ale with a nice tangy fruitiness, tons of carbonation, and a nice note of guava in the flavor to balance the tart. One of the best Saison style ales we’ve had in a while. Perfect for that 60 degree winter evening looking over the river.

Ommegang Seduction / New York / 6.8%ABV Belgian Dark Ale

A true winter beer! Ommegang Seduction is lovingly brewed with six different malts. Chocolatier Callebut provides the chocolate, while Liefmans brings the cherries. This international romance is consummated with a full body, alluring aromas and flavors of Belgian chocolate, and tart cherries. When it eventually does get cold, this is the bottle to reach for.

Woodchuck Cider Farmhouse Original ’91 / Vermont / 6.9%ABV Cider

It was 1991, the birth year of Woodchuck. In a small garage in Proctorsville, VT there was a winemaker tinkering with apples, wanting to create something a little different. And he did — a real American hard cider. Farmhouse Select Hard Cider is a throwback to the early days. The attention to detail coupled with fresh Vermont apples and premium Belgian beer yeast give Original ’91 a unique local flavor with a natural cloudiness and pleasing feel on the palate in every expertly crafted small batch.

Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale / Belgium / 5.5%ABV Flemish Sour Ale

Simply delicious! Seriously, it’s fantastic! Period. Rich, red and brown color with a white fizzy head. Wonderful sour aroma with hints of citrus and cherries. Fantastic taste, great balance between sweet and tart and an amazing finish. Very drinkable. Get one of these before they’re gone.

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