Redemption Ale & Unie Kaas 5 Year Gouda

Another block buster from Santa Rosa brewed by the Russian River Brewing Company, the Redemption Ale is a blond brew fashioned after a Belgian style “single”.  Typically “singles” are brewed only at the Trappist Monasteries for the monks to enjoy with meals.  They often drink half a bottle with lunch and the rest with supper.

I enjoyed mine in whole over an appetizer of vintage Unie Kaas Gouda before digging into a bowl of whole wheat pasta with beef and a marinara sauce topped with a healthy dose of chili pepper flakes.  The ale has a golden color as you can see and a thin white head.  It was refreshing with no bitterness and a citrus and spice laden flavor.

Aged for 5 years plus, this cheese is caramelly and crunchy, the result of the formation of salt crystals during the aging process.  Seriously, this cheese is a miracle of flavor! Its rich flavor and subtle sweetness is intense and layered. The color is a deep  burnt orange with a texture similar to Parmigiano-Reggiano, firm and flaky.  It’s an excellent substitute for grating cheeses and caramelizes beautifully.

This pairing was a great match for a Sunday evening supper!

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