Traveling Outside of My Comfort Zone: Stumptown Tart Belgian Style Ale

Stumptown Tart Beer photo by swyngarden of flickr.com

Stumptown Tart Beer photo by swyngarden of flickr.com

Stumptown Tart Belgian Style Ale (7.8 ABV, deplorable IBU 15)

Any long time reader of this awesome blog could tell ya I am not into the Belgian styles. They’ll say that I’ll leave that style to Irving and the rest of the Jersey fellas to blog about. That is true. I’m not against tasting them and as I’ve said before for this blog, I will try all kinds of styles outside of my hophead comfort zone. So tonight I bought a Belgian style ale home brewed in Portland, Oregon by Bridgeport Brewing Company called Stumptown Tart Belgian Style Ale (7.8 ABV, deplorable IBU 15).

I have to say that I liked Stumptown Tart and am not sure how “European” it really is. This brew is a dark amber opaque which of course reminds me of IPAs. It had a nice compatible head too. Its multi-berry concoction mixes well in its smell and taste. The finish is pleasant and enjoyable. It reminded me of an IPA in color and overall appearance even in smell as fruity. Not only that but in researching this beer the Stumptown Tart is like an amber ale and is reminiscent of the De Koninck Belgian brew I had when I was in Amsterdam earlier this year. This is a good brew and I recommend it. Cheers!

About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)

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