Beer 256/365 – Leute Bok

Leute Bok

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 8.20%

Purchased at: On tap@Sharp Edge Brasserie – McMurray PA

What makes this beer different: Light bodied for a BSPA, but still flavorful

Will I be drinking this again: It was pricey but probably yes.

Grade: A

7/22/2010: Met up with my buddy Ryan and his girlfriend at Sharp Edge for happy hour. Ryan makes some really good homebrew, and helped me through my first batch. I actually will be making a batch in the next couple weeks for my buddies wedding. Probably a franziskaner clone, with some honey malt to make it a little different. I always like to put my own spin on things. Oh and a bit of a side note, this might have been the slickest beer glass ever. There was actually a piece chiseled out of the wood block in the picture, and the bottom of the glass was cone shaped so it could rest IN the block. Therefore if you are a few beers deep, and not paying attention you could easily just set this on the table and spill it all over yourself.

Leute Bok is brewed by the same people who brought us Gulden draak and Piraat Ale, so I am hoping the quality is similar. The nose is nice and fruity, with some charred smoke coming through. The flavor is green apples, cherries, light smoke, and some bakers chocolate. Light body and light flavors but they mix perfect. This is one of the more unique Belgian Strong Dark Ale’s I tried in quite some time.

Picture of the day: Little miss duckface is out of control.

Beer 231/365 – Gulden Draak

gulden draak

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 10.5%

Purchased at: Sharp Edge – Pittsburgh PA

What makes this beer different: Very sweet and fruity, without being overdone.

Will I be drinking this again: I have a couple bottles in the cellar, so yes!

Grade: A-

6/27/2010: Craft beer geeks in Pittsburgh know there is only one place in Pittsburgh to go when you want a good variety of Belgians on tap, and thats Sharp Edge. They have a few locations around down, all with at least 25 Belgian Beers on tap. Only downfall is they are pricey as all hell. Just to give you an idea of their prices, a bottle of world wide stout to take home is $18 dollars. Thats what I paid for a 2006 vintage bottle.

It doesn’t come through in the picture (taken with cell phone) but this beer is a very nice dark shade of maroon. Smells very fruity, with some brown sugar mixed in there. I’m not going to act like I can pick out the difference between the flavor of dates/figs/prunes/plums, but there is a lot of dark sweet fruit flavor going on in this beer. What combination of the aforementioned fruits? Not real sure. Theres also this sweet rum like flavor going on. A lot of caramel/toffee flavor there to compliment the fruity rums flavors. Pretty heavy syrupy mouthfeel, but it works here. Alcohol peaks out just a little too much for me, but still a very solid belgian.

Picture of the day: I know all the guys out there have been through something like this.