The Santa Ana Artist Village is quite magical this time of year. We skipped festively through the streets under the dark sky and watched as the lights twinkled off the trees. Perhaps we were just giddy and excited about the Belgian beer tasting at The Copper Door. It could be a combination of the two but I do know the holidays make me a little more jolly than usually.
At this impossible to find bar, Joe Corona of the Wine Warehouse appeased our senses with some delightful offerings. After about beer #3 I kind of forgot myself (should have eaten first, light weight etc.) and was more in the moment so you’ll have to excuse these photographs. They don’t quite do the place justice but then again the Copper Door has a dark gloomy exterior and I would have needed something more than my iPhone to capture any memories here. I digress. Let’s move onto the beers.
On the menu for that night: Chimay Triple White, Blanche de Bruxelles, Grimbergen Dubble, Fruli strawberry Ale, Allagash Black, Unibroue La Fin Du Monde, North Coast Pranqster, Noel, and Allagash White. Out of the offerings, my top three were the Allagash Black, Allagash White, and the Fruli.
Allagash Black: I’m not a fan of dark beer but this one surprised me. Most dark stout beers have a strong cloying flavor. It sticks to your tongue and doesn’t let go. I hate that aftertaste. The Allagash Black is refreshingly crisp. It has a smooth finish and you can taste hints of caramel and chocolate. I could have easily had another pour.
Allagash White: The citrus beer is much like my favored Hefes. It pours to a light orange finish and has hints of coriander. The subtle spice would pair up nice with a great steak dinner or just a fantastic refresher at the end of your day. I quite enjoyed this one.
Fruli: By design, I’m a fruit beer drinker but the Hefe is my second best bet. This beer won me over on my first visit to the Copper Door early this year. The Fruli tastes less like a beer and more like a cream soda. The intense strawberry flavor had me running through bright strawberry fields (in my head). It’s not as sweet as you would expect it to be. The flavor blends well and I asked Joe to bring me my own bottle which he gladly chilled and gave me. I was in heaven. This was by far my favorite of the night.
By evening’s end, I was quite relaxed and ready for my next adventure. Thank you Copper Door and Joe Corona for a fantastic night.