As a former science educator I consistently challenged my students to analyze their preconceived notions. This is a key step when confirming accurate ideas or confronting misconceptions in science (or anything else). How do you know what you know?
So as I am writing about this beer I freely admit-
1.This is one of my favorite places to have a beer,
2. It is only about a mile and a half from our house,
3. I enjoy the staff,
4. and, most importantly, they make fine Belgian-inspired ales.
I would probably be there now, but it’s Thanksgiving evening and they’re closed…
As my readers generally know, I have an overwhelming fondness for darker beers. Abt 12 (St. Bernadus), Three Philosophers (Ommegang) and Rochefort 10 (Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy) are three of the nine beers I have given a top score on Untappd. And to add some perspective…that’s nine out of 340 different beers. (For more about Untappd, please see my earlier post- http://beeredland.com/2013/08/13/untappd-its-like-boy-scouts-for-beer/ )
When I heard a Belgian Quad was in the tanks, I alternating between breathless anticipation and profuse salivation which made for some uncomfortable nights. This condition intensified when the ever kind and cheerful Bissy slipped me a taster some days before the official release.
The Velour Fog was worth the wait. I picked a quiet night so I could drink and write in some solitude. Just hearing the name, of course, reminded me of Mel Tormé, the Velvet Fog. I ask you in all seriousness, what relatively sane American wouldn’t make that connection?
Hear a clip of Mel- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVCDZaApwV8 and then make your own comparisons.
My first taste brought to mind the words “delicious and dangerous”, which I later found out appear in the beer’s description on the brewery chalkboard. Oops,
Although I had to tortuously wait for the beer to warm to a proper drinking temperature of about 53°F. But even if I had to wait to sip, I could savor the color and aroma. The hue was lighter than my other favorite quads, a dark orange. The bouquet was a stunning combination of raisin/prune fruitiness, a little spice, maybe even a touch of dark cherry. Strong and sweet, but not cloying, and it also had a long finish. Again, this is not the kind of ale to dive into if your preferences run toward hoppier beers (only 28 IBU’s here), but for those ready to extend their appreciation, you will not be disappointed. Additionally, it has an 11% ABV so savor this offering.
Bonus- Along with the Velour Fog, these folks also made a small batch of Cherry Velour Fog, where they added a small amount of cheery puree to the tank. I used to run from any bottle that had fruit pictured on the label as the first few I tried simply had too much fruit for my taste. Not here, friends, for this beer had very subtle notes of cherry on the nose and palate. Definitely worth a try. Listening to one Fog and drinking another would be an admirable way to spend part of an evening.
Note to Patrick G.- When you said “Make the world a better place”, I replied “I will have a beer”. This is the result.
P.S. As the Belgians have been brewing since the 3rd or 4th centuries, these fine folks are turning out some mighty fine brews.
Rochefort 10 http://www.musingsonbeer.com/2010_10_01_archive.html
All Twelve Degree Photos From Their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/TwelveDegreeBrewing
Twelve Degree BrewingWebsite http://www.twelvedegree.com/