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Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams
Thirteenth Hour Stout

Category: Belgian Style Strong Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Samuel Adams
Thirteenth Hour Stout

Category: Belgian Style Strong Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9%
Dark brown color. Interesting, savory aromas of black licorice, malted chocolate toffee, and edamame and tamari with a chewy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, very long sherry vinaigrette and craisins on kale, sautéed almonds, dried mushrooms, and mossy earth finish. Lots of enticing umami and sherry notes make this a great dark sour choice for a savory meal or meditative nightcap.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty, Rich & Heavy, Spicy & Complex, Funky & Sour & Tart
Aroma Aroma: black licorice, malted chocolate toffee, and edamame and tamari
Taste Flavor: sherry vinaigrette and craisins on kale, sautéed almonds, dried mushrooms, and mossy earth
Bitterness Bitterness: Low
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Short Ribs With Mushrooms, Roast Duck With Mushroom Cream Sauce, Limburger
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Lots of enticing umami and sherry notes make this a great dark sour choice for a savory meal or meditative nightcap.

The Producer

The Boston Beer Co.

The Producer
30 Germania St.
Boston, MA 02130
USA
1 617-368-5000

Belgian Style Strong Ale

Belgian style strong ales range in color from medium to dark brown and in alcohol from 8-11%. These beers typically have a fruity Belgian yeast character and a degree of sweetness coupled with a viscous mouthfeel. This category also includes Belgian style quadruples. Better examples of this style strike a seamless balance between rich, sweet malt flavors, alcohol and complex Belgian yeast flavors ranging from banana to dark fruit. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre, Brouwerij Bosteels Pauwel Kwak, La Trappe Quadrupel and Brasserie Dubuisson Freres Scaldis.

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Belgian Style Strong Ale