Spéciale Belgian Style Golden Ale
A strong golden ale brewed in the Belgian tradition. Dry yet flavorful – complex yet refreshing. Handcrafted in small batches using the finest all natural ingredients. Finest all natural Pilsner malt, Saaz Hops and Belgian Trappist yeast combine to create a fresh, Florida brewed version of a popular beer style with craft beer aficionados.
Unfiltered, unpasteurized and with just a hint of spice this beer is meant to be savored slowly so as to enjoy the aroma as well as the taste. Vintage dated, will mellow with 2 years of age.
Pairs well with cheddar cheese, chicken or seafood. 8.5% ABV
I’m not sure what the promised “Florida twist” to this beer is, but there’s plenty to like about it even without visions of the Sunshine State dancing in my head. Deep gold in color with a ton of fruit in the nose—like fresh peach, apricot, yellow plum, mango—it has a sweet body that starts a bit sugary but develops more hops and alcohol balance in the middle. Along the way, there is light spice and lots of fruitiness, along with what seems to be a vanilla note or two, before a mildly alcoholic finish. Save this one for Aunt Mabel’s peach cobbler.
– Stephen Beaumont
Fruity, earthy, substantial strong ale with overtones of Belgian beer yeast. A bit spicy and banana-like, but not overdone. Heavy body with alcohol punch. Complex. Malty. Mild to no hop character. Sipping this brew with garlic accented sausage, pickles (I’m in the mood for pickles at the moment), medium aged cheeses and your favorite olives. Yum. Who needs dinner?
– Charlie Papazian