SeVIIn Anniversary Ale by Surly Brewing

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SeVIIn Anniversary Ale by Surly Brewing is a 12.5%ABV Belgian Strong Ale brewed with Rye, Oats and Wheat.

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Seven years! It seems not that long ago that I was delivering beer and Todd Haug was splitting a 30-barrel batch between kegs and cans. Now we’re planning a new brewery that will brew more beer in a week than we sold in our first year.
The idea behind our anniversary line-up of beers was to give Todd, Surly’s head brewer free rein to use whatever ingredients and methods he wanted to brew the beer. This year’s bottle artwork is a one-of-a-kind illustration collaboration between Todd and local artist Brent Schoonover. Here’s to Seven, and many more.
-Omar Ansari

Continuing our quest to despoil and desecrate conventional beer styles, we’re raiding Trappist traditions to produce this Belgian Style Ale brewed with Rye, Oats and Wheat. Our first beer EVER brewed with Wheat! Belgian yeast creates classic clove-spiced banana aroma and flavor. Dry hopping brings floral and citrus aromatics to the biscuity-smooth malt body.
-Todd Haug
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So another year comes and this time Surly is trying to make mends by releasing their anniversary ale in the way of the Trappist monks. Ofcourse, Surly being Surly, always has a scheme. Though, Trappist ye may be, your colors and Soul can clearly be seen as tainted.

Aromas of this beer are like a Belgian Pale Ale but with Rye. Sweet bread, caramel, toffee, herbal hops, citrus oranges, candi sugar, wheat, rye, funky notes, peppercorns, honey, apples, floral notes and slight oakyness.

The flavors are of caramel, wheat, rye bread, honey, Oatmeal, candi sugar, dulce de leche caramel, orange, raisins, plums, bananas, apples, clove spice, peppercorns, herbal and floral hop notes, dried apricot marmalade on biscuit bread, pears and a small bit of wine grape notes. 

The alcohol can be noticeable but just a bit. It is not strong in the sense that it affects the flavors of the beer but only adds along the way to remind you, hey, this is a 12.5% ABV. The crazy part is that it still felt pretty drinkable to me. That is where you could fall into danger. Take this only in moderation and share with others. While it is a great and deliciously sweet, bitter and only tad funky, it will creep up fast and take over. You are dealing with sinister powers here. Their previous anniversary ales proved it. The conspiracy of the Trappist styles is hidden within the flavors of each sip. Is this an Evil beer? Well, you be the judge.

3 thoughts on “SeVIIn Anniversary Ale by Surly Brewing

  1. What a killer beer! And, as always, effing beautiful beerporn plus anime. Are these all posters you just have around your house or are you plopping these delicious brews in front of a computer screen- I’m mind goo’d over the mix of two great things.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • You are welcome 🙂 Thank you for the support. The background pictures are displayed on my Television. I use a stand and move the stand with the beer bottle and glass into place. I take several pictures and choose the one that looks the best.

      In this instance, I wanted to take 3 pictures to show the design of the bottle since it was pretty big. I tried to find characters that could possibly compliment the beer label. Surly brews evil and Gothic looking beers and since this is the first time they use wheat in a beer, I used the white witch artwork at the bottom. The armors on the characters compliment the stone arches of the abbey like structures on the label.

      There are several other things that I can point out from the artwork or the ingredients used in this beer but that’s the fun part about doing the pairings. So I’ll let you decide what other things you can find in these pairings 🙂

      Cheers!

  2. The picture pairings are done well with each one, visually and mentally they groove. I feel like it is a subliminal kinda thing, really.
    LOVE IT!

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