This week's Sunday Night Suds turns Sundae Night with a look at New Belgium's second collaboration with Ben & Jerry's - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale.
Last year, Ben & Jerry's and New Belgium did a dual cross-over in which New Belgium produced an ice cream influenced beer (Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale) and Ben & Jerry's manufactured a corresponding product (Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale). I did not get a chance to try the New Belgium product, but I did find the Ben & Jerry's ice cream in the supermarket (reviewed here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2016/04/sundae-night-suds-ben-jerrys-salted.html).
This year, Ben & Jerry's is not producing an ice cream product, but New Belgium did brew the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale. And unlike last fall when their North Carolina brewery was not yet on-line, this year's product is available on the East Coast, thanks to the new brewery location.
The beer poured a dark gold with some carbonation. But as I lifted the glass to my nose, the first thing that hit me was the vanilla. The first few sips were similarly influenced, although I did begin to taste the chocolate and a little bit of the ale backbone. The New Belgium website indicates that they used a Blonde Ale as the base for this beer, but this Blonde Ale is very, very mild.
I would not recommend having this beer with any kind of meat or poultry dish. No, the beer is not made with ice cream and unlike the Samuel Adams Dark Chocolate Bock it is not dairy. Having said that, the brew is light and sweet and while it went well with our Melaveh Malka pizza meal, it would not pair with main meat courses.
Please note that not every brew produced by New Belgium is under kosher supervision. For a list of the New Belgium brews currently under supervision, please click on the link on the left side of my home page for my latest Kosher Beer List.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about New Belgium Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, please follow this link beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/192/236603. As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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