Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving Bier Dinner 2009

Okay, right up front you should know my now that if there was going to be a Thanksgiving Dinner in my house it’s going to involve beer and not just any beer but course selected special pairings. The following is the 2009 Thanksgiving Bier Menu.  Below that I’ll have some comments about each of the brews and how the pairing went.

I know, before we even start you are saying to yourself on of two things; this is a neat idea or I can’t believe Kathy puts up with him. Well, maybe you’re saying both, I did. As Robert Murray at State Line Liquors said as I was leaving on Wednesday night with two large boxes full of beer, “She’s got to love you”. 

One more thing before we get started. There was also a punch bowl of Eggnog. Not your store bought eggnog. This was made from scratch real eggnog that Pop Pop would be proud off. Oh yeah, this eggnog has more brandy and rum than eggs and cream and I served it with fresh ground nutmeg.

So here’s the lineup

Hors d’oeuvres/ Aperitif
Bornem Tripel
Brewed by: Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V., Belgium
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Lindemans Framboise
Brewed by: Brouwerij Lindemans, Belgium
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Turkey Entrée
La Botteresse Brune
Brewed by: Brasserie la Botteresse de Sur-les-Bois, Belgium
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Lindemans Kriek
Brewed by: Brouwerij Lindemans, Belgium
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Brewed by: Weyerbacher Brewing Co., Easton Pennsylvania
American Wild Ale |  11.40% ABV

Digestive/Final Snifter
World Wide Stout
Brewed by: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Delaware
American Double / Imperial Stout |  18.00% ABV

Here is what I thought about the Biers

Lindemans Framboise and Kriek
Served in Lindemas Flute Glasses
Before I talk about the other beers I did have a couple of selections for the ladies. In this case the Lindemans Framboise (Raspberry) to start of the evening and the Kriek (Black Cherry) for dessert.

OK now to the real stuff.

Bornem Tripel
Served in a Chimay Chalice Glass
This was a last minute substitute due to availability but it turned out to be a nice selection. I haven’t had this tripel in two years or more so it was a very pleasant reunion. It’s an excellent tripel with a little more bite to it. It’s not hoppy at all but there is a nice spicy bite and at 9% ABV it started off the evening on the right foot.

La Botteresse Brune

Served in a Belgian Tulip Glass
I only had this beer once before at a 12 Percent Imports rep tasting. At that time I knew it was going to be my Entrée beer pairing. This was the hit of the evening for me. It was Thanksgiving Dinner in a Glass. This is a unique Belgian import that is brewed with sage. It is a very complex brew that is just packed with flavor. Like most Belgians it is low in hops and this beer had a wonderful complexity of malt, yeast and spice flavors. It was surprising that at 9.5% you could not detect the alcohol in this beer at all. It was a very smooth and flavorful brew. It was the perfect pairing for the main turkey entrée. (in my humble opinion)

Served in a Flute Glass
This American Wild Ale was the wild card for dessert. Again, a brew I only had tasted once before at a tasting. I enjoyed it but it was a little too much for most of the guest. This beer was very tart and sour. It is a wild yeast ale with raspberry puree added and aged in oak barrels. It’s a very unique brew from Weyerbacher but it turned out to be a little too unique for most. I enjoyed the wild funkiness of the brew. I thought it went well with the dessert pies and I also liked the 11.4% ABV kick that it had.

World Wide Stout
Served in small Brandy Snifters
Well at 18.00% ABV this was a beer to slowly sip while digesting your meal. I have had this powerful little beer before so I knew what it was capable of. This is the most unique stout I’ve ever had. There are more flavorful stouts out there but I don’t think your find one with this much alcohol. This was the perfect final digestive beer; especially since I was already home and not driving. It is a full flavored stout but there is no mistaking the 18%. You can smell the alcohol as soon as you open the bottle. It is surprisingly very easy to drink but it is a slow sipping beer none the less. When served in a small snifter you are almost forced to sip slowly. It was odd how I ran out of small snifters used for my guest and I just had to use a larger snifter. LOL   

Yes, we did have a full meal to go with the beer selections. Kathy bought a fresh turkey from the farmers market (AKA the Sale). It was a large 27lb bird. She really outdid herself. The turkey was cooked to perfection (about 7 hours) and of course we had all the other fixings to go with it as well. It was a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Well, that was Thanksgiving at the Remaley household. I do have a few of the beers left over so I will most likely do a full review of the Brune, Riserva and the World Wide Stout.

I hope you all had a Very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.


1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to try some of these beers. It's funny I was just telling the kids on our thanksgiving about pop pops eggnog.