Gage Roads Brewing Co has announced the launch of its second Limited Release beer for 2013 – an Abbey-inspired chocolate ale – just in time for Easter.
Brewed in the traditional Belgian Dubbel style, but with an Easter-inspired chocolate twist, Abstinence contrasts heavily with January's Limited Release of The Convict.
"The Convict was a big, in your face beer," said Gage Roads general manager of operations, Aaron Heary. "Abstinence is a lot more subtle; it's the little notes of phenols, esters, and chocolate that make it great."
Tasting notes describe Abstinence as a complex, robust and decadent take on the traditional Belgian style. Fruity esters and notes of dry spice are married to the bittersweet complexity of Ghanaian chocolate, courtesy of Gabriel Chocolate in Margaret River.
"The brew team got a real kick out of working with Gabriel Chocolate on this one," said Heary. "They make fantastic chocolate. Everything is hand done, from bean to bar. You can taste the passion in their product and this beer is all the better for it."