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Beer – #996 – Karl Strauss – Six Suits A-Hangin’

Karl Strauss Six Suits A-Hangin’ Holiday Imperial Belgian Brown. Which is a terrible lyric in a song, if you were to include it. But I find myself looking now for the different and unusual beers to get to the 4 digit number that I’ve been avoiding. If only I could find a beer called ‘prevaricate’ Man in the shop tells me that it’s getting harder to sell the big American beers, mostly on price, I’d have though that we bat our weight on styles too, not quantity but quality.

As for the finish?

This is beer that is 8,5% ABV and 24 IBU things in the 650ml bottle, that’s about 255 calories a serve size and  some 4.4 standard drinks in NZ

Brewed by Karl Strauss Brewing Company in the style that is of a Belgian Strong Ale
and they do that in San Diego, California USA

Like a beer christmas song lyric

Winter in San Diego means surfers break out their fullsuits. And while you may not find many stockings hung by the chimney with care, you’re sure to see those wetsuits hung out to dry on plenty of balconies across the county.

Six Suits A-Hangin’ is the 6th installment in our “Twelve Days” holiday series.

This Imperial Belgian-style brown ale is brewed with caramel and brown malts for rich flavors of graham crackers, roasted nuts, and peppery Belgian spice. Aging on French oak adds a hint of vanilla.

As for the finish? It’ll warm you from your head to your frozen toes.

So, What could possibly go wrong? Another cap for the cap jar! I’m going to write about that one day, soon, over a beer 🙂

That smells like an IPA on opening. dark chestnut brown pour with a magnificent looking head of foam.

Aroma in the glass kind of earthy, also a sweet sugar note there too.

Taste seems quite sweet then moves to a duller dryer note then again moves to something with a spice note to finish with a lovely linger.

That’s a beer that you have to sip twice..

I think this is quire nuanced and more complicated that it’s letting on to be. The Vanilla part of this is a quite achievers.

The nice thing about a bigger bottle and a smaller glass is you get a second pour, and that head reappears.

The Belgian yeast part of this is lovely, although perhaps the malt sweetness is a little too sweet, it’s a battle.

The aroma doesn’t waver though, that stays the same IPA hop like, which is odd, lucky though that as this warms the little layers peel back and you get quite the range of things that draw you in, and then you notice that you’ve nearly drunk it all.

It’s certainly not spectacular in and of itself, and not a wow beer, but I’d say that this is a beer that you might do well to seek out as it is very subtle and clever, and is some hybrid of things that I’ve really enjoyed. But then you know I’m a fan of the Belgian ales.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. The aroma really does this no justice, and neither does the first sip, you get two experiences with this and it’s lovely both times. Quite the nice experience.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? SuperLiquor ECB had some, they’re not big sellers, so this was marked down as a bargain buy. Worked for me.
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes, it’s a familiar beer with a nice take.
  • Would I have another? Yes, it’s very enjoyable.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Whilst it might be a bit sweet, and aroma a bit missing, this has many familiar Belgian beer style tastes about it, also looks lovely and has a lot to offer.

Music for this:  ”Coexist by The xx  on he Spotify 

The xx are an English indie pop band formed in 2005 in Wandsworth, London


Belgian Strong Ales can vary from pale to dark brown in color, darker ales may be colored with dark candy sugar. Hop flavor can range from low to high, while hop aroma is low. The beers are medium to full-bodied and have a high alcoholic character. Types of beers included here include tripels, dubbels and ultra-strong abbey ales.


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