Belgian dark lager, 4.5% ABV
This classic Cass Corridor establishment is one of only two breweries in Michigan that utilizes open air fermenters, which are very old-world Belgian, indeed. It’s quite dark in color, but surprisingly light in flavor, so you’re not weighed down by a heavy beer. Find it at the Traffic Jam brewpub.
Trippel, 10% ABV
This should be on every Michigan beer lover’s list all year ‘round, just because it’s this beer maker’s signature drink. This Belgian trippel is a strong ale, but is quite smooth, thanks to banana and clove aromas that come from the Belgian yeast strain and Belgian candi sugar. Just don’t let the fact that it's easy to drink (very easy) trick you into gulping this down. At 10% ABV, you’ll be on your ass in no time.
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