Brewery: Brewery Ommegang
Style: Belgian-Style Porter
Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Beer snifter
Drinking Establishment: The Old Bay, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer: Ally
Consumption Companion(s): the George St. Co-op crew
Sight: Dark, with a moderately thick head of beige-colored creaminess.
Scent: Sweet, with a subtle roasted-coffee and chocolate aroma.
Flavor: This is a liquified chocolate-covered cherry.
Feel: Smooth; creamy but light.
We end the month with the perfect transition into February’s exploration of Belgians: a Belgian-style Porter brewed up by Cooperstown’s Brewery Ommegang, with the help of Liefmans, makers of fine Belgian lambics (or in this case, a Cuvee-Brut cherry champagne). Throw in a little Callebut chocolate, and you have a masterpiece: the fruitiness of a Belgian and the sweet-sour cherry of the champagne melded with the chocolate-coffee sexiness–er, depth of a Porter. I don’t think I can do as much justice in a description as The Old Bay does on its beer menu: “There’s only one game we play here at The Old Bay…a game starting with the look in your eyes, a lingering pheromonic intoxicating scent, and finishes with the taste of your lips. That game…seduction. Seduction is welcoming and warm-hearted, gently hopped and harbors no bitterness, leaving only a lingering glow.”
Or, as noted in our Very Official Beer Notes: “Ommegang? Oh my god!”
Concluding remarks: Ending the month with a chocolate-cherry bang. This a limited edition brew, but if you can get your hands on it, get your hands on it.
Yes, we did indeed just hint at what style is to come in February. Check back soon as we commence our celebration of St. Valentine’s with a beer we love to love: The Belgian.