After a beerless couple of weeks due to a sudden and unfortunate medical condition which is now resolved, The Beer List is back right here at The No Seatbelt Blog with the skinny on another awesome brew! It’s good to be back!
Immediately after leaving my doctor’s office after my well checkup the day before Thanksgiving, I went to one of my favorite liquor stores right down the street to pick up some brews for the upcoming festivities (sorry, doc). I went in with the intent of getting something that I know I already like, and something that I’ve never had before. I ended up picking up a bottle of Dogfish Head’s Black and Blue (which I love, and will review in the coming weeks), and a bottle of Weyerbacher’s Tango, which is a dark ale brewed with cherries. I’ve had a few beers from Weyerbacher in the past (even the name evokes images of scary German things), but I can’t resist much of anything involving cherries. Further, since Tango is a Belgian-style ale, I was sold on the spot. There’s something so completely expert and timeless about the Belgian style of brewing that I find myself gravitating toward it time and time again.
Let me just start by saying that you know you’ve made it when you’re drinking beer out of a corked bottle. Weyerbacher spared no expense there. Tango is full-bodied, as most Belgian brews are, and is a bit on the sour side, but not obnoxiously tart. The taste of dark cherries is present but not overwhelming, as is the essence of other dark fruits. It’s also very much on the boozy side, but with an alcohol-by-volume of 10.6%, it makes total sense. That makes this a very nice beer for the winter months, as the alcohol will warm you right up before you’re even done with the first glass. The carbonation is just enough to keep the beer from being a bit too heavy, so it’s all balanced out quite nicely. Tango looks and smells beautiful upon first pour into your favorite beer glass, with a reddish brown color and the smell of dark cherry and wheat.
Tango is a solid offering from Pennsylvania’s Weyerbacher, and it is one that I will be seeking out again. The large bottle was priced in the neighborhood of $10, and the variety experiences rotating availability, so be on the lookout if you’re into Belgian or cherry ales, or both. Cheers!