Bell’s Consecrator Doppelbock
You’ve probably heard the history by now that doppelbock was invented by monks who were looking for something to tide them over during their Lenten fasts. Luckily for everyone, Consecrator is good even for someone who’s looking to replace only part of a meal with a solid beer. Plummy molasses flavors make up this full-bodied beer that, in a nod towards historic understanding, is released on Mardi Gras. If you’re feeling at all guilty about not making concessions during Lent (or, you know, you just need an excuse to replace food with beer for over a month), this might be your answer.
Fantôme Saison d'Erezée - Printemps
Saison/farmhouse ale; 8%
This probably has something to do with the fact that I’m writing this in Spain, where I just got my hands on a bottle of this to drink for the first time this season, but situational advantages be damned: this beer is awesome! Yes, it is one of those crazy, old-school recipes that only producers as skilled as Fantôme could pull off, with herbaceous, smoky, and sometimes downright medicinal flavors, but it is a proper Old World experience that everyone should enjoy at least once. Your beer geek friends will appreciate you showing up to a roof-deck party with a bottle of this to share.