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Rare New Belgium Beers on tap tonight at the Toronado

By William Brand
Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 at 10:54 pm in Uncategorized.

It’s late for me. I start work at 7 a.m. But just got an e-mail from David Keene at the Toronado , 547 Haight St. in San Francisco. Wednesday night, (tonight, if you’re reading this after midnight) June 25, 2008, is going to be
New Belgium Brewing Night.

There are going to be some very interesting beers. It’s doubtful you’ll see some of these elsewhere. One was selected at the brewery by David. They start pouring at 6 p.m. No admission, of course, just pay for your beer. Here’s the list:

Eric’s Ale

This Peche, or Peach beer, started as an ale aged in 130 hl wooden vessels called Foedres for 3 years. It was then transferred and real peaches were added. A second Strong Golden Ale was brewed and blended back into the sour ale. Subtle peach, tropical fruit and tart aromas in the nose, plus some vanilla and oak. The flavor is a balance of sweet and sour. A drinkable and refreshing sour beer hybrid.

Love #34

A single batch from a 60 gallon wood barrel. Not usually kegged as it is used as the starter for all of New Belgium’s wood beers. Started as a brown ale brewed with cherries (no longer produced), barrel aged for 3 years, giving this specific barrel a unique blend of bacteria and yeast, which make the final product a manifestation of New Belgium’s unique specialty styles.

Foedre #3

The base beer for the Le Terroir, hand selected by Dave Keene at the brewery and kegged for him alone. We can’t describe it yet because it has never been tasted outside of the NBB facility.

Abbey Dubbel

Complex, sweet with some chocolate and banana aromas and flavors. A full bodied, warming traditional Belgian Style Dubbel.


Phenolic clove and spice aromas are followed by a creamy mouthfeel and some noble hop character. Alcohol is evident in the palate, finishes bittersweet and spicy.

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