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Beer Here: Fatty Boombalatty from Furthermore
A big clear weizen glass will display this beer's brilliant cloudy apricot to orange color.
Credit:Robin Shepard

Furthermore beers are gaining an unconventional reputation in the Madison beer world. Brewery owners Aran Madden and Chris Staples take a great deal of pride in their unique brews, which defy common classification by combining multiple traditional beer styles within a single recipe.

Based in Spring Green and brewed in Black River Falls, the brewery's Knot Stock is made with black pepper, for example, and the stout features peat-smoked malt. Meanwhile, Fatty Boombalatty is a cross between a Belgian wit (white) and a Belgian pale. The recently unveiled limited release Make Weight is the result of three different beer styles.

What is it? Fatty Boombalatty from Furthermore Beer

Style: Starts as a Belgian wit, but also offers the bitterness of a Belgian pale ale. The witbier or white beer is cloudy and light-yellow to orange colored, with crisp spices, especially orange and coriander. White beers are also highly carbonated. The Belgian pale ale, a relatively new style, emerged since the 1940s. While there is hoppy crispness, the bitterness is a bit more delicate in the flavor profile and finish than what one gets from an American pale ale. A wonderful distinction for the Boombalatty is its spicy in aroma and flavor.

Background: Furthermore owner Aran Madden began with a white beer recipe and ramped up the amount of grain in this beer by 50 percent. He also dropped the amount of wheat malt used, so while the beer has the appearance of a big, bright hefeweizen, it doesn't strictly meet the style.

That certainly doesn't bother Madden, who takes pleasure in deviating from brewery norms and beer classifications. The Boombalatty offers bitterness in the spirit of a pale ale, with spices like coriander in the background. This beer is about 7% alcohol. Six packs are found locally for around $9.

Tasting notes:

  • Aroma: Spicy with hints of orange, coriander and light floral hoppiness.
  • Appearance: Very cloudy apricot to orange color, with a thick, soft, off-white head.
  • Texture: Medium- to full-bodied and bubbly. Taste: A spicy start with orange and coriander, but the hops come on strong and assertive.
  • Finish/Aftertaste: Crisp and firmly bitter, with a light fruitiness.

Glassware: A big clear weizen glass will display this beer's brilliant cloudy apricot to orange color.

Pairs well with: Treat this beer as you might a firm pale ale, the type with a hoppy citrus finish. The Boombalatty has spicy qualities and bitterness that pair well with seasoned seafood. It can also be a great match for Mexican dishes that feature the heat of chili peppers.

Rating: Four bottle openers out of four.

The Consensus: This beer received a B+ (very good) from Beer Advocate and a 78 from Rate Beer.

The Verdict: One can't really compare this to a specific style. It is in a category all its own. The Boombalatty's spicy crispness works well with its assertive hoppy backbone. This is a refreshing, effervescent beer that ushers in the summer wheat beer season.

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