Side Trip Belgian Style Pale Ale

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Side Trip

Belgian Style Pale Ale

Sometimes it’s a side trip that makes the journey. During our last anniversary retreat to Belgium, brewmaster Peter Bouckaert embarked on a sensory excursion to find the perfect yeast strain for his next creation: Side Trip Belgian Pale Ale. A beer from Brouwerij Van Den Bossche led Bouckaert to the brewery’s family Buffalo yeast strain, which they happily shared, and the foundation was set. Additions of Belgian Chateau Abbey and Cara Ruby malts from Castle Malting, the oldest malting plant in Belgium, as well as Belgian Magnum, Saphir and Target hops builds a bready, caramel-sweet wash with traces of stone fruits, and a balanced herbal bitterness for a pleasantly dry finish. Take a break from your journey with a Side Trip.


Deep golden honey color with a light sheen, eggshell cream foam and lacing.


Belgian-yeast fruity banana and some clove flavors; caramel, bready malt upfront. Light kick of citrus, tropical fruits and herbal hops.


Yeast and malt sweetness with a trace of tart and a slight herbal bitterness that cuts and balances the sweetness.


Starts smooth, slightly warming, and cloying with a crisp finish. Medium






Buffalo yeast strain from Brouwerij Van Den Bossche


Belgian Magnum, Saphir and Target


Chateau Abbey and Chateau Cara Ruby from Castle Malting