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» Oregon Mini-show part 2 – pFriem Family Brewers

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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

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