FULLSUIT BELGIAN BROWN ALE
Fullsuit is brewed with the changing seasons in mind. Firm toasted malt and roasted nut flavors are underpinned by a hint of vanilla that comes from aging the beer on French oak. Belgian ale yeast adds a peppery, fruity character to the beer’s slightly dry and warming finish, making it perfect for the (kind of) cold Southern California winter.
A quality session this time of year calls for a Fullsuit. The frigid North Pacific Current rolls in, generating first-class swells and mild hypothermia. While a few brave souls zip up and paddle out with no hesitation, most of us stay on dry land and salute their commitment with a winter warmer of a different kind.
California State Fair Commercial Beer Competition
San Diego International Beer Competition
“Peppercorns, unripened mangoes, cinnamon, faint chicory and strawberry make for a pretty complex aroma. Snappy crispness meets a smooth medium body, a little creamy as well…lots of over ripened dark fruit and medicinal phenols push hard against the toasty and slightly roasty dry maltiness. There is a kiss of sweetness, brown sugary and wants to linger but battles with the phenols and a modest hop bitterness. Rich and complex, good stuff all around.” –Alstrom Brothers, Beer Advocate Magazine
“Full Suit has a brown ale’s Tootsie-Roll sweetness, thanks to brown and caramel malts. But this ale is far more interesting than most browns. Belgian yeast adds a spicy-fruity flavor we couldn’t quite place— blending with vanilla and woodsy notes supplied by French oak chips added during the beer’s aging. These flavors are understated and harmonious, all contributing and none shoving aside the others. Full Suit is to Belgian-style browns what Fat Tire is to Belgian-style ambers: polished, restrained, quaffable.” –Peter Rowe, San Diego Union Tribune