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And we have the perfect presents!
Still haven’t decided on the perfect gift yet?
Great! We are releasing some of our non-menu beers,
just for your special someone!
For the wild one…….
Madame Rose is a crimson colored Belgian style brown ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on cherries in wine barrels. Layers of malty complexity, sour cherry, spice and wood notes make Madame Rose an ideal beer to suggest to Bordeaux enthusiasts and beer drinkers fond of Belgian Kriek and Flanders Brown Ales.
- Style: Belgian Style Brown Ale
- Alcohol by Volume: 6.7%
- International Bitterness Units: 25
- Color: Deep Crimson
- Hops: Pilgrim
- Malts: 2-Row, Wheat, CaraPils, Special B, Chocolate
- Preferred Glass: Wide Mouth Glass
- Food Pairings: Madame Rose pairs well with a wide variety of foods, her earthy tannin, rich malt and sour fruit character complement the richness of red meats and contrast with rich chocolate desserts.
- Cheese Pairings: Firm cow milk cheese like aged cheddar
- Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years
For the unique… Maybe the one who loves to age...
From the Rare Beer Club
Long of Tooth, De Proef’s extensive Brewmaster’s Collaboration series, is an English-style old ale that’s spent some time aging on toasted oak and cacao. It seems like somewhat of a departure from the norm for both breweries. But its detailed maltiness seems to point to offerings like Surly Darkness, and the fermentation and precise packaging reflect what we’ve come to expect from these De Proef collaborations.
Let this monster warm up a bit. If it helps, imagine the skeletal figure on the label shouting, “You should be more patient!” That probably doesn’t help—but letting this warm up does. There’s a rich, candied midsection to this beer that’s one of the consolidating notes for this style: a luxurious, long-palate expression of caramel and toffee and ripe red fruits. It’s one of those beers where oxidation just mellows out that core note, slowly, by subtle iteration.
We anticipate these bottles aging well for quite some time.
For summer, this feels appropriately lean: a subtle brush of alcohol (which tended to lighten the body); not a ton in the way of residual sweetness. A dense maltiness, for sure, but in the way that German lagers tend to give complex malt character without accompanying heft. By fall this will perhaps be even more ideal: with a touch of added caramel, perfect for pouring into a snifter and letting that alcoholic warmth slowly build and amplify one’s mood. There’s a firm fruitiness, ripe and red and rather strawberry-like, fitting perfectly alongside it.
The aroma captures the picture: leaning alcohol, strawberries and cherry pits, plus the tannic edge of toasted oak. The lattermost adds a well-placed vanilla quality to the whole enterprise, one of those warming, underpinning notes that fits fruit and alcohol and caramel together in a pretty darn endearing way. We see this aging very well. As this warms (skull: “Seriously just a little bit of patience won’t kill you!”), an initial too-narrow candied note dissipates, replaced by more interesting stuff. A freshly cut note of red apple. Cacao. A dash of darker chocolate.
Lots of red fruits leading the front and mid-palate here. But it’s the special ingredients that the latter parts of the presentation bring clearly. Those lightly tannic oak notes provide a sort of rudder, a firmly bitter edge that steers this well. And the cacao is more subtle, a secondary note approximating bitter chocolate and coffee. Without either, this would feel sweeter. This would feel less on point. (“This would feel like it was made by impatient people!” says skull.)
This is not beer made by impatient people.
When we’re finally in the right temperature gear, the beer just sings. The oak-tinged fruits, an interlaced note of crisp caramel. The beer settles into its proper shape, and all the pieces just fall together seamlessly: red fruit budging up against the alcohol; that toasty, oaky note giving its caramelized center the hint of oxidation. It’s impactful, long of both tooth and finish, and the extra ingredients, at least as implemented here, end up making sense in English-y old ale.
We’d have a hard time imagining that, given this blind, we’d somehow arrive independently at either De Proef or Surly as the obvious participants. But the end result is world class, just a generous English-style old ale that offers an immense amount of middle-malt complexity, without cloying bulk. The cacao and toasted oak do nice work. It’s carefully executed beer.
The combined forces of Todd Haug from Surly and Dirk Naudts from De Proef suggest the pairings of aged cheeses, roasted and grilled game (we could see this going very well beside a duck confit or grilled pork loin), and desserts pairing chocolate and caramel. Use the caramel notes to your benefit for sure. They also recommend Long of Tooth as we do, “all by itself.”
For the one who loves to sip… 15.9% abv
Avery has added on to their Anuual Barrel Series, with Tweak falling into the rotation alongside beers such as Rumpkin and Uncle Jacobs Stout. Formerly known as Meph Addict (name change for obvious reasons), this is the massive Mephistopheles Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee. Amazingly complex, coal black, velvety and liquorish, this demon has a bouquet of vine-ripened grapes, anise and chocolate covered cherries with flavors of rum-soaked caramelized dark fruits with a double espresso finish. Black and strong indeed!
Give us a call and we will custom design a gift basket filled with favorites! Charcuterie, popcorn, unique beer, topped off with a gift card…. the possibilites are endless!
We will be CLOSED on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
We will however be open MONDAY, yes Monday, 12-22!
Let us make your holidays a little more enjoyable by pre-ordering some catered items for your gatherings!
New Years Eve Celebration
7PM - 10PM
Our quaint restaurant is filling up quickly, so hurry up and make your reservations! 610.965.5225
Begin your celebration with some great food and music!
We will have some delightful specials in addition to our norm! SPECIALS will published shortly!
ENJOY WILL BE BACK!
MONDAY DEC 22 ENJOY BY RETURNS!
In celebration of Opening on a Monday, we will be drafting one of your favorites!
We look forward to seeing you both Monday and Tuesday before Christmas!
Local bands performing in our cozy atmosphere!
New Thursday hours! 7 pm until 10 pm
8pm until 11pm Friday and Saturday
Richie Ray 12/19 Thurs
Jay Lapp 12/19 Fri
Ryan and Justin Jazz Duo 12/13 Sat
Thank you all for trusting us with your HOLIDAY PARTIES!
It has been so fun! We look forward to hosting more parties in the New Year,
here at The Trapp Door or in the comfort of your own home!
Saturday & Sunday Brunch
Try our delicious eggs benedict and bloody mary bar!
Saturday Happy Hour 12pm until 3pm
HALF OFF DRAFTS AND CASKS!
1/2 Price Drafts and Casks Tuesday - Friday from 4 to 6pm!
AND Saturday afternoon from 12pm-3pm!