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Une Année Enkel

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Your Daily Pint for Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 is: UNE ANNÉE ENKEL

What it is: a 5.2%-ABV Belgian-style enkel, or table beer.

What it tastes like: A doughy aroma greets the nose with subtle lemon and pineapple accents. Soft, sweet bready malts carry bright orange peel across the tongue; spicy, peppery accents build into the finish, balancing the beer’s subtle sweetness. A bitter, spicy bite caps off this sessionable, flavorful beer.

What’s an enkel? Also called table beers—or tafelbiers—enkels are abbey-style beers that are low in alcohol and traditionally reserved for consumption by monks (usually at the dinner table). In Dutch, “Enkel,” loosely translates to “only,” or, in context, “single,” aligning it with other abbey styles like dubbel, tripel and quadrupel. Read more about the style here.

Une Année? If you don’t live in Chicago, or aren’t into trading beers, you might not have heard of this outfit. The Windy City brewery launched last year, with a strong focus on Belgian-style beers, both traditional and New World-inspired.

Non-Belgian: Look for the next release of the brewery’s Russian imperial stout, Airing of Grievances, this December when it returns to market.


Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at chris.staten@draftmag.com.


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