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
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.