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Belgo Stout

Brues Alehouse Brewing Co

Style: Belgian Stout

Grain- Pilsner, Special W, Chocolate Wheat

Hops - Kazbek

Yeast-  BE-256

Adjuncts- None

Water- Reverse Osmosis Base with light additions of CaSO4, CaCl2

Original Gravity: 14.25 Degrees Plato

ABV: 6.5%

IBU - 30 IBU

Color: 26 SRM 

Our Impression:  

The Belgian interpretation of a dark English ale is a somewhat unique style categorized as a Belgian stout.  Geographically, Belgium is right across the channel from England.  This has allowed Belgium to compete in the market for stouts and porters.  There are a few distinctions that make this style unique compared to the English variety.  The yeast is Belgian, the roasted character is more subdued, and the finished product is a bit drier.  It is more in line with an English porter than a stout, meaning it has a less prominent/acrid roasted profile.  The alcohol character is more belgian, peppery, and "hot".

Aroma: Balanced chocolate and coffee, white pepper. 

Appearance: Pours dark and clear with creamy, tan foam. 

Flavor: Initial impression is driven by creamy chocolate followed by subtle roast and coffee. There is a certain spice flavor and aroma from the use of the Kazbek hops and Belgian yeast creating spice and floral characteristics. No lingering roast character and drinks very clean and enjoyably.  Drinks closer to a Porter but with a pleasant alcohol presence from the Belgian yeast. 
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. 

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