A Night in Brussels

Georgia
United States
A Night in Brussels Three Taverns Craft Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

A Night in Brussels is a Belgian-style American IPA with malts from Belgium, a blend of American hops, pure cane sugar in the best southern tradition, and an authentic Belgian yeast strain. A pleasing marriage of old- and new-world beer cultures, this unique ale is best understood as an American IPA on a Belgian road trip.

Profile

ABV: 
7.5%
IBUs: 
69
Served at: 
55° F
Judges Review 
Pete Garofalo's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This is an interesting concept beer that lovers of Belgian beers or IPAs will enjoy. Initially quite aromatic, with floral, perfumy American hops atop a peppery Belgian yeast character and subtle toasty malt. Bitterness seems subdued for an IPA, but spicy yeast character helps bring this beer curiously into balance. Fruity esters originate from both the hops and yeast, and lead to an intriguing combination: honeysuckle, chamomile, rosemary combine with stone fruit and hints of tropical fruit (mango, papaya) resulting in a complex flavor. Though this is an offbeat combination, it ends up as a well integrated blend of complimentary flavors that is definitely worth a try!

Popular Reviews

Jim Dykstra's picture

My Score: 
91
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
37/ 40
Mouthfeel: 
9/ 10
Overall Impression: 
18/ 20
I was surprised by this one. The Belgian yeast works wonders with the piney American IPA profile. It's just bitter enough, with the bitterness blending into spicy yeast. The beer itself is soft and fluffy in the mouth, and goes down smoothly.

Brewery Introduction

It all began with a European road trip. The summer of 1994 found three friends rattling around the continent in an old Peugeot, affectionately dubbed “Hotel Le Car.” An improvised itinerary landed the trio unexpectedly in Belgium, on the night of Brussels’ Ommegang festival. It was here that... Read More

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