TO CELEBRATE THE WORLD’S LARGEST SPORTING EVENT, what better beers to BrewView than beers from Brazil (the host country of this year’s WORLD CUP?)
In a very special collaboration with specialty beer importer ARTISANAL IMPORTS, we are very fortunate and pleased to bring you our BrewViews on 3 WORLD CLASS beers from WÄLS CERVEJARIA. For the month of June, we BrewViewed Belô São Francisco Brazilian Dubbel, and Belô Petroleum Brazilian Imperial Stout. Today’s BrewView will be on Belô Ipê Brazilian Quadrupel.
ABOUT WÄLS CERVEJARIA
In the past few years, Wäls has become one of the most respected breweries in the world, their influence being felt outside of Brazil. Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery collaborated on a beer with them, joining the Brothers Carneiro in the sugar cane fields to harvest and refine sugar for the first sugar cane beer. At the prestigious Mondial de la Bière competition in Montréal, Quebec, Wäls was awarded an unprecedented 5 medals, including Platinum for their Brazilian Imperial Stout Belô Petroleum.
The beers of Wäls are bold, but balanced. They are often reinterpretations of classic styles brewed with uniquely South American ingredients, which lend surprising colors, scents and flavors. A deft hand in the brewhouse makes beers that are at once drinkable but memorable. With no doubt, Brazil’s craft brewing scene is exploding!
CRAFT BEER WITHOUT BOUNDARIES BY THE BROTHERS CARNEIRO
Brothers Tiago and Jose Felipe Carneiro started early, brewing alongside their father as teenagers. They are a passionate duo, with ideas and techniques far off the beaten path. Their brewery is located in the city of Belô Horizonte and was the first in the country to feature a tasting room.
It is this city that gives their beers their brand: Belô. Translated as “beautiful, fine, handsome or lovely” It is all these terms describe the elegant beers of Wäls.
“We produce works of art that can also be called specialty beers. Our line of products is inspired by the traditional schools of Belgian, English and Czech style brewing.”
BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION FROM WÄLS CERVEJARIA
Style category: Belgian-Style Abbey / Trappist Quadrupel
Taste: Creamy ruby-brown color with solid lacing. Aged with wood chips marinated in Brazilian cachaça—a spirit made from sugarcane juice. Tropical Fruits, truffles, figs, crème brulee and a smack of dried fruit aromas. Great head retention, medium carbonation. Smooth and full-bodied with a long pleasant finish.
On the name: “Ipê is the name of a Brazilian flowering tree. For many years, the tree in our garden refused to bloom, but on the very day we first brewed this beautiful Quadrupel, our Ipê tree exploded with gorgeous yellow flowers. Legend has it that every time we brew Belô Ipe, a beautiful tree is filled with color.”
OUR BREWVIEW OF WÄLS CERVEJARIA- IPÊ BRAZILIAN QUADRUPEL
APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
11.0% ABV. Poured into a Trappist goblet, and served at 45°F. Pours a classic, cloudy, murky reddish-brown color. It is bottle conditioned, and of course we poured the yeast sediment into the glass.. there was a lot of it in the bottle! The head easily poured a 2.5 finger height, and lasted for quite a while until it began to collapse (we ensured this was a “Beer Clean” glass). As the head collapses, it leaves behind dense, even sheeted Brussels lacing in the glass. The color is light tan, thick, tight and even bubbled, almost like a Nitro head. The meniscus is extremely slow rising, heavy gravity.
AROMA / BOUQUET:
The bouquet of this beer is heavy in the tropical fruits, mango, figs, dates, dark baker’s chocolate, creamy crème brulee for sure, treacle toffee. The aromas easily match those of the classic Belgian Abbey / Trappist Quads. Because of it being aged on Cachaça oak chips, it also has a unique sugarcane / rummy aroma to it.
Wow… this beer has all the classic Belgian Abbey / Trappist Quad flavors! Truffles, chocolate, figs, crème brulee upfront, with super fresh, creamy Belgian yeast flavors. You also get the spicy phenols from the coriander mixed in- not too spicy, it has the right balance. There is a nice rummy flavor overall.
MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
The carbonation level is medium, and the mouthfeel is full bodied. The spicy prickliness of the beer hits the front of the tongue, and fills the entire mouth with its creaminess. The aftertaste / finish is chocolate, raisins, figs, dates, with coriander dryness.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
APPETIZERS: Get your hands on some raw milk Abbey or Trappist cheeses for this one. Super sharp cheddars, Brazilian Romeu e Julieta, Catupiry cheese.
ENTRÈES: Feijoada, Vatapá, Frango à Passarinho. Barbequed beef with rich, sweet sauces.
DESSERTS: Brigadeiros, Beijinhos, Pão de mel, Bolo de rolo, Bolo de maracujá.
We would match this up with ANY of the Belgian or Dutch Trappist beers. In terms of the look, the aromas, the taste, and the strength, it has all the components that make it very comparable. It is different and unique, because Cervejaria Wäls puts the Brazilian Samba twist on it by aging it in Cachaça oak chips. Anyone who has tasted Cachaça, knows that it has a hot and spicy-sweet flavor. Our extreme thanks to ARTISANAL IMPORTS collaborating with Belgian Beer Journal to make this beer review possible. It is a must have beer for sure… very rich, succulent, and powerful! It hits you like a 15-pound sledge hammer. One of the top 100 beers in the world. Top notch, world class.
WÄLS PERTOLEUM AVAILABLE IN THE USA THROUGH ARTISANAL IMPORTS: