Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, Mo., makes some broad-shouldered ales. This one is in the style of a Belgian tripel, and it's a big one. It pours dark red amber with a high head and a super-malty nose full of aromas of dried fruit, specifically of figs. It positively paints the palate with malt sweetness, while the hop level is relatively moderate, only 22 International Bittering Units. The hops do come forward a little (even physically forward, toward the tip of the tongue). eventually drying up the long, sweet finish.
The name comes from a Hans Christian Andersen tale that involves Satan offering a man six successively stronger beers, and it's worth noting the alcohol level is 10.5%. A big dark ale like this can stand up to just about anything, but I'd try it with pork barbecue or macaroni and cheese, maybe apple pie.
Style: A rich, dark and just faintly sinister Belgian-style ale
Price: $3 to $3.50 per 12-ounce bottle, or $9 to $11 per 750-milliliter bottleCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times