Brouwerij Verhaeghe Barbe Ruby Fruit Beer - 7.7% ABV
The Ruby is actually 1of 4 on the 'Barbe' line of beers. Barbe d'Or, Barbe Rouge and Barbe Black are included in the series, and even though we haven't tried any of them, after trying this gem we will surely seek them out. Brouwerij Barbe d'Or was a medieval brewery in the old town of Leige and belonged to the family 'de Romsee', an ancient Liege family whose coat of arms adorns the logo of the 'Barbe' beers.
Barbe Ruby is a top fermenting beer and has an interesting opaque 'ruby' color
(duh). The nose is of cherries and almonds, a bit sour but so darn interesting that we spent quite a bit of time passing the glass around so everyone could have a sniff. The flavor is every bit as interesting with the sweet hitting you right at the front but with the fruit sliding right in behind, leaving a tartness lingering on your tongue. Complex, complex, complex. Take your time and sip this one, allowing the beer to rest on the tongue for a bit. Highly recommended.