Deschutes/Goose Island Belgian Style Ale

posted Oct 12, 2014, 11:59 PM by Heritage Liquor

By Andrew

So Deschutes got the great idea to do a handful of brewery collaborations for theirs and the collaborating Breweries 25th Anniversaries. Goose Island happened to be one of them, and they made something kinda ridiculously amazing. They took, what I am assuming to be, a base beer of a traditional Belgian Golden Ale and went nuts; they took some Riesling grapes from Michigan and Pinot Noir grapes from Oregon and aged them with Mt. Hood Hops and Pilsner malts in a Muscat cask. So basically, they made a beer that tastes like a fall day, very lively with a deep richness from the oak, tart and fruity from the grapes and herbal from the Belgian yeast. I don't know what to think of this beer, it is interesting, extremely flavorful and quite unique in so far as those flavors were concerned. Extremely unique really, I have only encountered these kinds of flavors one other time, and that was with the Dogfish Head 61 Minute IPA with added Viognier Grape must, and even then the grape fruitiness was extremely light comparatively. In the end though, with all that amazing in my mouth, it did end up fulfilling its requirement of helping me assemble an Ikea desk, so that was a success; and the desk was even put together correctly on the first go...

Moral of the story, if you haven't tried this yet, do it. Its amazingly balanced, extremely unique and flavorful, and it helps make Ikea directions make sense.