Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Steamworks - Ale Diablo
At a recent private tour of their Bayfield facility, I was able to taste the soon to be released and totally revamped "Ale Diablo" from the fine brewers at Steamworks Brewing here in D-town. In an about face on the brew, head brewer Spence Roper distanced this release from it's former IPBR (Imperial PBR) incarnation into something *TRULY* diabolical. He tells me that the yeast and Barley were specially chosen for this release, and that the super-secret combination is what gave rise to the light character (for a strong Belgian), hints of green apple in the nose, and Riesling grapes in the finish. I plan on picking up two of these, one for now, and one to a for a year or so. The brew was packaged in Belgian bottles with cork, and next season, Roper tells me that they will consider bottle conditioning the brew, for an 'Ale on Lees' presentation. Well done, fellas!!!