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Chocolate Monastery debuts this week

Chocolate Monastery debuts this week

January 16, 2017

On Thursday, Jan. 19, Tangled Roots Brewing Company in Ottawa will be debuting Chocolate Monastery, a Belgian Dubbel brewed with cocoa nibs.

Belgian Dubbels are ales that were traditionally brewed by monks in Belgian abbeys. The original dubbel was brewed in the Trappist monastery of Westmalle in 1856. However, the style has gained popularity across the globe.

To honor those monks, and their traditional brewing methods and location, we named this beer Chocolate Monastery. The name honors this historic beer style but also highlights our unique twist of adding cocoa nibs to the beer after fermentation was complete.

The chocolate characteristics from the French cocoa nibs balance well with the caramel and dark fruit malt sweetness present in the beer. Hints of pear from the Belgian yeast strain also play well with the dark chocolate and slight coffee undertones from the nibs and malts.

The beer clocks in at 6.5 percent abv and will be $6 for a 16-ounce glass. 32-ounce crowlers will be available to go for $10 with a limit of one per guest per visit.

A small batch of the beer was brewed on the pilot system in the Tangled Roots Tap Room, so only two kegs were produced of this extremely limited beer.

The beer will be available in the Tap Room, 812 La Salle Street, starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. A special food pairing from the chefs at The Lone Buffalo also will be available.

Mike Dean on February 25, 2017 AT 12 am

Really loved this beer, can’t wait for it’s return.

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