One of four mega beer fests planned by the Bailey’s Taproom crew each year, this is the first annual BelgianFest: The idea was to marry our two favorite things, Belgian beer and local brewers, and watch what happened in the honeymoon suite. The beers are Belgian-style, with a Northwest twist, and wow do they sound fantastic.
The fest runs from 4pm until 11pm, and admission is $15, which includes a souvenir glass and five tokens. Additional tokens $1 each. This event is cash only. For more details visit the Bailey’s Taproom blog.
The beers (descriptions from the brewers or Geoff at Baileys):
10 Barrel Dubbel Woody Cabernet
A deep amber brown. Spicy and complex. Aged in Leonetti Cabernet Barrels for 8 months. 7.7% , 26 IBUs
Belgian Golden Strong Ale. Slightly darker and very smooth. 8%
Astoria Blueberry Lambic
165 pounds of blueberries and an additional 3.5 pounds added to each keg. Brettanomyces was added along with oak chips soaked in wine barrels and aged for five months.
Barley Brown’s Trappist Strong Ale
Crystal malts along with some Munich Bonlander, a touch of rye malt and flaked oats. Simcoe and Amarillo hops. 8%, 50 IBUs
Beetje Blonde Beetje
A blond ale with a twist. Clean pilsner base layered with a dash of Golding and Sterling hops. A dose of lambic blend and oak chips in the secondary adds a hint of funk. 5.8%
Bend Wicked Medicine
Belgian Strong Ale. Aroma teases of ripe banannas, sweet candy and warm spices. Tastes of sweet malt, dark Mexican sugar and an underlying spicy, cherry essence. 10.6%
Block 15 La Fermé de Demons (The Demon’s Farm)
Black Farmhouse Ale aged in bourbon, Oregon oak, and Pinot barrels with Brett. Blended with a touch of Oregon tart cherry. 8.8%, 31 IBUs
Caldera Vas Deferens Ale
Belgian-style Strong Ale brewed with blood orange zest, orange bitters, and dark Belgian candi sugar. 8.1%
Cascade Sour Bain de Brugge
This Belgian spiced porter has a rich porter flavor with soft, spiced undertones for a complex finish. Spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, star anise and orange peel. Aged six months in Pinot Barrels.
Deschutes The Marooned Belgian
Named for some experimental hops which got marooned in the cooler due to their higher strength and color. This may just keep you stranded here longer than you predicted. 13.7%
Fort George ’08 North II
Grand Cru, aka Belgian-style barleywine. Canadian Pilsner Malt, Golden Promise from Scotland, Belgian Wit yeast, raw Hawaiian sugar, and oats from the mainland USA.
Chad Kennedy brewed this beer exclusively for the fest. It is still fermenting, so we don’t have much additional info yet.
Lompoc ’08 Brewdolph
Belgian-style red ale features a malty and creamy body, boasts a mild fruitiness and a spicy clove character and has been aging in Port barrels for about 1.5 years. 7.6%
Lucky Lab Doggie Kong Sour Lychee Saison
Sour mash with about 20% of the grain bill. No hops. Lychee fruit added during fermentation to give just a hint of fruitiness to help balance the sour flavor. 6.4% ABV, 0 IBU
Oakshire Oak-aged Collaborative Evil ’09
Belgian Golden Strong Ale. Aged in an Oregon Pinot Noir barrel for 15 months. Mild vanilla notes blend with flavors of cinnamon and fruit. 9.5%
Roots Brune “O”
Belgian Brown brewed for the Cheers to Belgian Beers festival early this year. One of the few remaining kegs from the now defunct Roots Brewing.
Seven Brides Abbey Dubbel
A spicy nose and a complex fruity taste that lingers for some time. Full-malt taste, with deep, smooth flavors and almost no hop aroma.7.8%, 18 IBUs
Upright Barrel-Aged Seven
A batch of Seven that has been aging in two wine barrels since August 2009, one with Brett Lambicus and the other with Brett Clausennii. This is a blend of both.