Long Lost Friend is a dark amber-colored Belgian Strong Dark Ale with layers of flavor – caramel, candied raisins, toffee, and peppery Belgian spice, with a slightly boozy, woody, star anise finish. The aroma is a bouquet of plum, fig, and raisin, blended with a mild citrus and woody herbal spice. The malt plays a starring role in this beer, contributing flavors of sweet biscuit and a nice, full body. At 8.6% ABV, Long Lost Friend is rich, smooth, and dangerous!
For those of you wondering where the name came from — our cellerman Andrew named the beer after a heavy metal song. Those of you that know Andrew shouldn’t be too surprised by this! 🙂 The rest of us liked the name for a different reason. As our Head Brewer Chris put it “When I first got into beer, there were plenty of Belgian Strong Ales available. Now, these types of beers are much harder to find, especially given the explosion in popularity of IPAs and Sours. So, drinking this beer is like being reunited with a long lost friend.”
Whether or not you have fond memories of drinking Belgian Strong Ales “back in the day”, we think Long Lost Friend is the beer equivalent of being embraced by a nice, warm hug.