Holgate Beelzebub's Jewels 2011

Holgate Brewhouse

Released May 1st, 2011

The second appearance for what is to be the Woodend brewery's annual Easter release, this year's Devil's Whatsits is a different beast to last year insofar as rather than basing it on an existing Holgate beer, it's a whole new recipe, one that includes masses of candi sugar as the brewers set about creating a Belgian-style Quadrupel. At 12%, it's designed to age. And at $60-plus a bottle, it's designed to be a special occasion beer too. But what of it now - just released from the brewery, where it spent several months aging in Pinot Noir barrels from Curly Flat? Well, three thumbs up from the impromptu Crafty tasting panel for a beer that belies its youth. Some initial sweetness on the nose gives way to pinot and oak in a beer that pours a dense, cloudy deep chestnut with a tan head that clings to the glass. It's one that deserves to be savoured as the experience changes over time, with the different layers of malt and rich dark fruit characters revealing themselves as it warms. The considerable alcohol level only really shows itself on the nose once it's approaching room temperature in a beer that will surely continue to develop complexity as it ages.

Style
Belgian Quadrupel
ABV
12.0%
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Name
Holgate Brewhouse
Address

79 High Street
Woodend
VIC 3442

Phone
Hotel, Bar and Restaurant: (03) 5427 2510 Brewery Sales: (03) 54 273 522
Open Hours

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Mon: 2pm til late (Mon Public Holidays ' midday til late) Tues to Sun: midday til late
TAPROOM:
11am to 5pm daily

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