A “farmhouse saison” featuring a Japanese hop (now grown in Washington). Spicy and dry with a long smooth finish. 1-inch persistent head. Unique hop on the nose with a kind of a warmth to it, giving spice and herbs, over a Belgian yeastiness. Creamy on the palette with gentle malt and spice. Hops come back in on the finish, still spicy and herbal and not very bitter. 7.2% ABV, 34 IBU
A Brooklyn mainstay, I believe the presenter said it was their second beer. It’s roasty toasty malty, unexceptional but very drinkable. In the glass it’s full brown, light barely penetrates. Nose of dark malt with toast and almost a hint of whiskey. It’s fairly dry with very little hoppiness, but some bitterness comes in on the end. 5.6% ABV, 30 IBU
Gives a nice shot of hops over caramel, very smooth with a nice balanced hop finish. Gold-amber with a brief light head. Smells like a candy store, caramels and fruit with some pastry. Flavor rich and complex starting with caramel and then fruity hops run in and bloom. Finish starts with a candied bitter orange peel and then mellows out long and smooth. Each sip runs through the refreshing sequence again. 8.4% ABV, 53 IBU
As you might suspect, it’s a cross between a Quadruppel and sampling too much of your own brew. Just see the description on their website. A snifter beer, this pours deep brown with a nice head. I get molasses and malt, maybe some raisins, rich and smooth, then hops sneak in on the end. Very much a Belgian style, but not as sweet as some quads. On subsequent sips I get some citrus and fruit, perhaps coming as hops build up. 9.9% ABV, one of their “Brewmaster’s Reserve,” one-time, draft only . . . and I hope they bring it back and bottle it.
Pours black and rich with brief tan head, then solid malty mocha on the nose, maybe a touch of oak. Nice balanced roasty coffee bitterness on the palette, sliding into dark chocolate, with pronounced hops on the finish. Having this both on draft and from the bottle, the tap wins as you might expect, but the bottle has nothing for which to apologize. 10.0% ABV, 51 IBU.