I can’t think of a better New Year’s resolution as a beer lover than resolving to experience new flavor sensations crossing my palate. This is one resolve that I am absolutely positive will be attained in 2012, despite all the grumblings of the world’s ending and such. Why, you ask? Simply because I am privy to knowledge of upcoming releases of new beer. And this year will not disappoint this Belgian beer lover in the least.
May I humbly present the the source(s) of my optimistic view of an apocryphal year:
1. Poperings Hommel Dry Hop: As an avid IPA connoisseur, what better way is there to celebrate the stately hop? The word “hommel” means hop in the local dialect around the town of Poperinge. Brouwerij Van Eecke produces the most elegant and poetic form of an IPA that even GQ agrees it is fashionable. I anticipate that the added accessory of dry-hopping will make a serious fashion statement.
2. Barrel Aged Scotch Silly: The original Scotch Silly made by Brasserie de Silly is a complex and wonderful incarnation of a scotch ale. How can it possibly be better? By aging in wooden barrels, of course! I can already imagine the deep oak and fine scotch essence of an already great beer will inspire awe and respect like viewing an master’s work of art.
3. Gulden Draak 9000 Quad: I’ve had the pleasure of pouring (and personally sampling heavily) at the Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival earlier this summer. Right now, you may be lucky enough to find it on tap in a few places in the U.S., but have patience: it is slated to be bottled and shipped stateside sometime in January. Just like Gulden Draak, this beer is incredibly smooth, maybe dangerously smooth; the 10.5% ABV is well hidden by a lighter sweetness an unmistakeable ripe banana aroma of the Van Steenberge yeast. I cannot wait to have a few bottles to enjoy and to cellar, given the tasty success I’ve had with the original Draak.
4. Piraat IPA: Aaaargh….PA. Brouwerij Van Steenberge has already bowled me over with the original strong ale. I wonder if this new style will inspire me to wear an eyepatch and plunder me mateys with puns? Shiver me timbers, aye, this brew is bound for glory methinks!
5. Troubadour Magma 2012 Special Edition: I’m still in ecstasy over 2011′s Special Edition Cascade Hop from Brouwerij The Musketeers. No hint yet from Stefaan, Kristoff, Rikkert, or Sven on what limited release they have in store for us in 2012, but if 2011 was in any way comparable….I may not be able to wait very long.They made magic in a bottle with the original Troubadour Magma, and pure poetry with the homage to the Cascade Hop.
6. Troubadour Black Magma: As if the Musketeers couldn’t make me salivate more, I hesitate to make any presumptions on what characteristics this beer will have, other than it will be dark in color. I have already fallen desperately in love with the Obscura and more recently the Imperial Stout (as well as many of my friends and colleagues), so I eagerly anticipate the arrival of the next black beauty.
So, those are your beers for thought. They’re all worthy of your resolve. I resolve to have them all in 2012. As bleak as the predictions are for 2012, I refuse to let the year (or time for that matter) end until I’ve had them all.
HAPPY NEW BEER FROM ALL OF US AT GLOBAL BEER NETWORK!