ofallon.gifI don’t drink as many Belgian-style beers as I used to, but one of the few Belgian styles that keeps me coming back is a Belgian Dark Strong.  It’s usually very rich, with a big nose and flavor that reminds me of dried fruits.

So, it was with great delight yesterday when I noticed on O’Fallon Brewery’s Facebook page that they had just brewed up their own Belgian Dark Strong. But, not only had they brewed one up, they also decided to move it into emptied Port barrels.

This beer will sit at O’Fallon for the next few months before being bottled and distributed.  They’re hoping that the heat from the brewery will help to accelerate the aging process.  With any luck we could be seeing this beer on shelves by December 2010 or January 2011.
Here is a rundown of the stats on this beer:

10.5%ABV
21.6 OG
3.2 FG
37 IBU’s
25 SRM

Grain Bill:
Golden Promise
Castle Munich
Golden Naked Oats
Castle Aromatic
Castle Cara Munich
Special B
Melanoidin Malt
Belgian Candi Sugar

Hops:
German Hallertau

Yeast:
Belgian Abbey Yeast.

Head Brewer Brian Owens tells me that they’re still working on a name for this beer, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who will be lining up to give this a taste when it’s ready for release.  Be sure to check out some of the photos below which I graciously stole from the O’Fallon Facebook page: