Spiced Imperial Dark Ale Ale aged on white oak spirals

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Spiced Imperial Dark Ale

Ale aged on white oak spirals

Va D'Or, the valley of gold. It's in this pastoral corner of Belgium that elegant stone buttresses and sun-kissed statues mark Orval Abbey, producers of one of the finest golden beers in the world, Orval. Valley of gold, indeed. For our final Lips of Faith collaboration this year, we teamed up with Orval brewmaster Anne-Françoise Pypaert to craft a counterpart to the classic golden ale: Spiced Imperial Dark Ale. 

This bold beer's brewed with layers of specialty malts, dry-hopped with herbal French Strisselspalt, and spiced with citrusy grains of paradise and spruce tips. We then steeped toasted American oak spirals in the beer for two weeks, bringing a subtle spicy, vanilla flavor to tie the chocolaty malts and citrus spices together.

Visual

Clear deep copper, light tan head and lacing.

Aroma

Roasted aromas like chocolate, coffee, and toasted wood. Oak and cherries. Caramel and solvent combine to come across like bourbon or sherry. Faint pine and almond aromas with a little funk.

Flavor

Light sweetness, a little sour, and finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel/Body

Warm and coating. Medium body.

ABV

9.5%

IBU

30

Yeast

Ale

Calories

273

Hops

Nugget, Liberty, Willamette, Strisselspalt

Malts

Pale, C-80, Munich, Black Prinz, Chocolate

Fruits/Spices

Grains of paradise; spruce