Wednesday, July 11, 2012


A few months back I was celebrating a new San Francisco Bay Area brewer called HERETIC BREWING and their "evil" beers - Evil Twin, Evil Cousin and so on. Their website hinted at even more delicious creations to come - some Belgian-style, big-alcohol items with names like Torment, Miscreant and so on, along with a lower-ABV set of ales also in the Belgian style. I'm glad to see the first of the former hit the shelves, and in a 375ml bottle at that (a fantastic trend for those of us who don't want to tie one on at dinner, but who still want a rich, complex ale to help the night along). It's called WORRY, and I had one the other evening that I'd like to tell you about.

This is a Belgian blonde ale, aged in French oak chardonnay barrels. Well well well. You can see I drank it in my fancypants goblet, as suited the beer. It smells of wine and oak. This is a good thing - and it tastes immediately of both grapes - white ones - and pear. It's a medium-bodied, slightly effervescent but not dry ale weighing in with almost 10% alcohol, but nothing that's biting or intense. It has apple flavors that come through in the aftertaste as well - a very fruity, "wet" and decidedly Belgiany ale that I call well-done across the board. Definitely a brewer to start paying some attention to. 8/10.

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