Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Big Boss Brewing Co. Hell's Belle Belgian Style Ale

There is nothing Hellish about the Big Boss Brewing Co.'s Hell's Belle Belgian Style Ale. In fact, it is quite Heavenly in a tasty way.

Hailing from Raleigh, NC (pronounced RAWL-E not RAL-E), Big Boss Brewing Company was founded in 2006 by a UNC graduate and an experienced brewmaster. Not much is found on their website regarding their history, so I'll make something up. After the initial keg was filled in August 2006, the three employees of BBBC got sauced and went to the theater to see Talladega Nights. Ever since then they have been saying "Shake n' Bake" to each other when another keg gets filled. Rumor even has it that the founder legally changed his name to Ricky Bobby. Then he changed it back to Ron Burgundy.

Hell's Belle is a Belgian ale, so its going to be cloudy, light, and taste a bit like sausage. My first drink of this fine ale did not impress me; I even uttered "woah" like Keanu in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, and not in a good way. It left a really strong smoky taste in my mouth (it has nothing to do with the bottle of liquid smoke I just drank prior, I swear). But then, as the clouds parted, I enjoyed a second sip and was won over. HALLELUJAH! Slightly fruity and crisp tasting, the Hell's Belle ale was as much of a delight as there ever has been before. This baby will get you sauced ever so quickly, clocking in at 7.0% ABV, and my lightweight ass had a nice buzz after half a beer. I could easily see drinking three of these on a Wednesday night and loving the shit out of American Idol. A sixer costs about $9 at the store, but single 12oz bottles can be had for $1.79 if you go to the right place.

Move Heaven and Earth to get your hands on a Hell's Belle as soon as you can. BBBC brews four other beers and I cannot wait to try them, for cripes sakes.

Guest review from the lovely wife: "I absolutely love this beer. It tastes like summer out of a pint glass!"

Drinkability: 8/10
Taste : 7/10
Value: 6/10
Curb Appeal: 7/10

Overall: 7.0/10

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