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Thursday, December 10,2009

Tap into Boulder County's seasonal brews

By Marissa Hermanson

New Belgium Brewing Co.

Frambozen

Style: Belgium-inspired brown ale

Flavor: Spiced with raspberries

Alcohol: 6.7 percent

Availability: six-packs

2 Below

Style: Deep amber ale

Flavor: Tawny-roasted malt, floral notes with a hint of pepper spice

Alcohol: 6.6 percent

Availability: six-packs

Visit: www.newbelgium.com for more information.

Odell Brewing Co.

Isolation Ale

Style: English winter warmer, brown ale

Flavor: Rich and sweet malt flavor with spice hop finish

Alcohol: 6 percent

Availability: six-packs

Visit www.odells.com for more information.

Boulder Beer Company

Obovoid

Style: Oak-aged oatmeal stout

Flavor: Black and chocolate malts give it a bittersweet chocolate finish, being oak-aged allows vanilla to come through

Alcohol: 6.8 percent

Availability: 22-oz. bombers, growlers

Never Summer Ale

Style: Winter warmer

Flavor: Dark caramel malt

Alcohol: 6 percent

Availabily: Six-packs, 22-oz. bombers

Visit www.boulderbeer.com for more information.

Boulder Draft House

Barrel-aged Imperial Chocolate Porter

Style: Imperial porter

Flavor: Whiskey, wood and chocolate notes

Alcohol: 8.5 percent

Availability: It’s a one-barrel batch, so grab a pint before the Draft House is out.

Note: Aged in a Stranahan´s Colorado Whiskey barrel for six months

During January, the Draft House will have a Belgium double pale ale on tap. It was fermented with golden raisins and dried apricots, giving it fruity characteristics and bitterness. It will be dryhopped like an American pale ale, but have the fruity taste of a Belgium beer. One pint of this 10-percent alcohol beer will warm you up this winter.

Visit www.boulderdrafthouse.com for more information.

Left Hand Brewing Co.

Fades to Black

Style: Stout

Flavor: Licorice, espresso beans, molasses and black cardamom notes

Alcohol: 8.5 percent

Availability: six-packs and kegs

Upslope Brewing Co.

Colorado Christmas Ale

Style: English old ale

Flavor: Orange, ginger, allspice and juniper berries

Alcohol: 6.7 percent

Availability: $7/22-oz. bombers, $4/10-oz. pour in Belgium glassware

Note: One batch in taproom

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