belgian ale waffle with ale ice cream and chocolate sauce

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dessert, product review, recipes

As a Foodbuzz Tastemaker, I was invited to develop a recipe that features or pairs with New Belgium Ales. Before thinking about what I would make, I wanted to taste several of their beers.

I sampled their Abbey Belgian Ale, Fat Tire Amber Ale, Mighty Arrow Pale Ale, Ranger IPA, Trippel Belgian Ale and 1554 Enlightened Black Ale.

My favorites by far were the Abbey Belgian Style Ale and the 1554 Enlightened Black Ale. The Abbey is sweet and malty, and I immediately thought of making a dessert. In the 1554 I definitely tasted chocolate. After more sampling of these two beers, I decided on an Abbey Ale belgian waffle, an Abbey Ale ice cream and a 1554 Black Ale chocolate sauce.

Each of these components on their own have great flavors, and together they are an indulgent dessert!

abbey ale ice cream

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup New Belgium Abbey Ale

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Whisk cream and sugar until sugar dissolves, stir in beer and vanilla. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker. Mix about 20-25 minutes (or to your machine instructions). This took my machine 25 minutes for perfect ice cream consistency.

abbey ale belgian waffles

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1 cup New Belgium Abbey Ale
1/4 cup agave
2 tablespoons oil
1 egg

Sift together flour and baking powder. Add beer, agave and oil, combine. Whisk egg and add to the waffle batter, stirring until just combined. Pour into prepared waffle iron and cook per machine instructions. I cooked mine about 2 minutes on one side, flipping and cooking for one more minute (using a waffle iron that flips).

1554 enlightened black ale chocolate sauce

1 cup New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale
2 cups heavy cream
8 ounces semi sweet chocolate

In saucepan on medium heat, reduce ale until it thickens and reduces by half. Add cream, stir until combined (and taste it now, it is fabulous!). Add chocolate, stir constantly until melted.

Plate a warm waffle and top with ice cream. Drizzle with warm chocolate sauce and enjoy!

The beer gave the waffles a light and fluffy texture and a malty flavor. The ice cream was sweet and malty as well, and the 1554 gave the chocolate sauce another level of richness. Thank you to Foodbuzz and New Belgium Ales for inspiring a delicious experience!

Disclaimer! I was compensated by Foodbuzz and New Belgium Brewing to create recipes using or pairing New Belgium Ale; my opinions are my own.

{ 57 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) April 26, 2011 at 6:13 am

So cool. My hubby loves New Belgium Brewery. Not sure there’s one he hasn’t liked. I love their Sunshine Wheat.


2 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm

they make really good beer!!


3 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 26, 2011 at 6:20 am

That all looks delicious. I need to get that Spring pack of beer! I love Fat Tire but I’d like to try those other flavors as well.


4 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

the Spring Folly pack was such a great find for my tasting to prep for this project! some great beers!


5 Alayna @ Thyme Bombe April 26, 2011 at 6:25 am

Why yes, I think I would like a beer flavored dessert. That looks crazy good!


6 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

it is SO crazy good!


7 Amy B @ Second City Randomness April 26, 2011 at 6:31 am

I love experimenting with beer in food! It gives it an amazing flavor.

The chocolate sauce looks divine. MUST have.


8 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

oh, Amy you NEED to try this. SO good! 😀


9 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 26, 2011 at 6:41 am

You know I love my waffles! This is amazing! I won’t tell Tony about it thought since he was just talking about how much he misses a good beer. I feel so bad for him since he can’t enjoy beer like he used to. I’m not a beer drinker, but I totally would go gaga over this creation!


10 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I thought of you, Sarena… but I forgot about Tony and no beer :( you could make this same thing without… it would just be a vanilla ice cream, sub a club soda for the beer in the waffles to get the same fluffy texture, and the chocolate sauce – I can trust that you would come up with an equally amazing topping! 😀


11 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Yeah, I am definitely a lover of all things waffles. I did Guinness ice cream for him before we found out about the celiac and it had a chocolate taste to it…so good. I normally do seltzer or club soda in my waffles since I love the fluff on the inside. This really was a post all for me!


12 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm

yes it was!! 😀


13 Tasha @ Voracious April 26, 2011 at 7:23 am

Holy hot damn!

Ahem. That made my jaw literally fall open. Seriously. That is one of the most stunning looking plates of food I have ever seen. Alcohol is illegal here, and I don’t even drink anyway, but now I want some beer just so I can make this. Wow…


14 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm

AW ! thank you, Tasha! you will have to save this for when you are in a different location… 😀


15 Jan May 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm

WOWO this all looks awesome, beer in all of it my boyfriend might propose heheeh


16 Bar Glassware April 26, 2011 at 8:08 am

I was thinking this would look so cool served in a beer mug! Whipped cream on the top of course. We don’t have Abby beer around these parts, at least Ive never seen it. I’m sure another beer could be substituted though right?


17 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

I’m sure any belgian style ale would be great!


18 Lisa April 26, 2011 at 9:23 am

Oooh yum! This looks decadent!


19 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 11:57 am

it was GOOOOOD. fun to make too!


20 lindsay April 26, 2011 at 11:23 am

that looks unreal, really! LIke its too good to be true! Tried the new GF beer yet?


21 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 11:54 am

we have tried a few gf beers, neither of us like them much. (I’m not much of a beer drinker at all, even though I love to BREW it at home!) Jason saves his gluten consumption for beer, as he LOVES a good beer. he has thought about trying to come up with a gf recipe for us to brew.


22 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 26, 2011 at 11:31 am

ohhhhh that is just amazing! I’m not going to let my bf see this post… he will definitely ask me to make this EVERYDAY


23 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 11:52 am

ha! you are the second to say that today! 😉


24 Amanda April 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

ooh that Abbey ale ice cream sounds absolutely perfect. YUM!


25 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm

it turned out REALLY GOOD ! we were happy 😀


26 Kath (My Funny Little Life) April 26, 2011 at 11:59 am

Whee! An ale dessert! 😀 Faaaaaaaaancy! 😀


27 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm

it was NOM CHOMPSKY. 😉 *the only time I can use the word NOM… because it’s clever, you see?


28 hihorosie April 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Is this for dessert or breakfast? I’m there! 😉


29 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm



30 Camille April 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm

This looks freaking amazing! Like, out of this world amazing!


31 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm

they are pretty epic. how goes things down in Corn Valley? 😉


32 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} April 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Oh, my! I would choose this as my “special treat” any day! :-)


33 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm

haaaa! yes! glad you thought so! I much prefer the fruit based most of the time, but yeah. every now and then? this’ll do!


34 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons April 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm

food porn alert!!!!


35 spabettie April 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm

ha! 😉


36 MarathonVal April 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm

SUCH a creative recipe! I love this!


37 spabettie April 27, 2011 at 12:16 am

thanks, Val! it was so fun to come up with, and SO tasty good too! 😀


38 Shellina April 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Wow- this is a dangerous recipe. It looks incredible. That chocolate looks so smooth and decadent… I have to stop talking about it before I lose my mind. Amazing!


39 spabettie April 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm

thank you, Shellina! :) I know, it is pretty decadent – the chocolate sauce was SO good. kinda mind blowing, I understand! 😀


40 S @ April 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm

oh no! I go away from the interweb for 5 minutes (or 6 days…) and I missed your WAFFLES?!? Ooh. Just ooh.


41 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

hee! just sinful, right? 😀


42 Christin@purplebirdblog April 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

I always loved their beers when I was still drinking… I can only imagine how amazing all of your beer creations taste!! :)


43 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm

thank you <3


44 (what runs) Lori April 28, 2011 at 11:50 am

Ok, so really, how do you take such awesome photos?

Mmmmmmmm…. no better way to enjoy a beer than with chocolate and waffles, right? 😉


45 spabettie April 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm

aw! thank you girl. ha, my first time having a waffle and a beer, but hey! now I can say I did! 😀


46 Ashley May 1, 2011 at 12:11 am

WOW. SO impressed with the creativity of these recipes. It sounds completely amazing and the photos are gorgeous. Well done!!


47 spabettie May 3, 2011 at 9:21 am

thank you, Ashley! this was a fun project and this ice cream will be made again, all summer long! 😀


48 Heather @ kissmybroccoli May 1, 2011 at 11:56 am

Say wha?! You are too creative for your own good chickie! Wow!


49 spabettie May 3, 2011 at 9:04 am

thanks, Heather! this was fun!


50 Grant B August 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm

these look incredble – all three aspects and you’ve used my favorite ales. I’m VERY impressed and bookmarked you!!


51 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 11:28 am

thank YOU, Grant!! happy you like them!


52 rhonda August 31, 2011 at 7:40 pm

a friend sent me this page – all I have to say is WOW – great job incorporating the ales into each aspect of this dessert – looks amazing, bettie, well done!


53 spabettie September 1, 2011 at 11:13 am

thank you, Rhonda! this was a fun project for me, happy you appreciate it!


54 Sunny October 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I want this for dinner (ha ha I honestly meant to type dessert!! LOL) I love that each component has a beer!


55 Jenna November 19, 2011 at 8:10 am

this looks incredible, Kris! great job!


56 Jeremy November 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

this looks great!


57 spabettie November 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm

thank you, Jeremy! do you like the Belgian ales? these are EASY recipes!!


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