Our second stop was also in Hood River. pFriem Family Brewers has been brewing and specializing in Belgian style ales since 2012.
Super Saison – 9.5%, 38 IBU. Aroma of tropical fruit and spice. Flavor of pineapple, malt, banana, and kiwi on the finish. No taste of the 9.5%. Unusual for a saison, but very well done beer. 8.8
Belgian Strong Blonde – 7.5%, 30 IBU. Aroma of Belgian yeast and clove. Taste is Belgian yeast, pear and clove. Finish is a bit dry and bitter, which is the only complaint I have. 8.3
Belgian Strong Dark – 10.2%, 38 IBU. Aroma is Belgian yeast and dark fruit. Taste is dark fruit, esters, toffee and a strong chocolate note that usually isn’t present in the style. Alcohol is present but not dominant. Very nice. 8.9
IPA – 7.2%, 65 IBU. Nose of pine and citrus. Great malt backbone. Grapefruit and pine flavor, finishes with a nice bitterness. By this point I’m really excited by pFriem. 9.5
Tripel – 9.5%, 38 IBU. Aroma reminds me of a saison, with funky yeast and spice. Earthy hops and spice finish. 8.4
Traditional Saison – 6.2%, 29 IBU. Earthy spice nose. Good yeast flavor, loads of earthy notes and spice. Less floral than many of today’s saisons. 9.2
Down Under IPA – 7.2%, 65 IBU. Brewed with Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, Rakau, Ella, and Topaz. Wow. Smells like a fruit stand. Too many various fruits to really pin one down. Taste is a great malt base, passionfruit, grapefruit and kiwi. Really very nice. 9.3