Dogfish Head Altar Boy

Formerly brewed at Dogfish Head Brewery
Milton, Delaware USA
7% Abbey Dubbel | 5 Ratings | Special Release |
Alter Boy is a Belgian Dubbel that is being aged in Bourbon barrels, it will be 7% alc. when finished. Its a very balanced malty beer that uses Belgian Pilsner, Biscuit, Munich, Special B, and Vienna malts, as well as Belgian Candi Sugar in the recipe. The Bourbon barrels will add notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla and caramel that will really complent the the maltiness of the beer. The beer has been aging in the barrels for over a month and has really come together nicely.

The beer was the brainchild of Dogfish brewer Wayne Milford. He came up with the idea by trying to find something off-centered that would complement one of his favorite beer styles (Belgian Dubbel). Wayne had some bourbon barrels that hed picked up a while ago and had never used them so he figured that hed give them a whirl with this beer. Wayne said, "I thought that by aging the beer in bourbon barrels I would get flavors and aromas that would really hold their own, but also not overpower an already complex style of beer."

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