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Glass Type: Snifter
Glassware Information  
Typically used for serving brandy and cognac, a snifter is ideal for capturing the volatiles of aromatic beers, such as Belgian ales, India Pale Ales, barleywines and wheat wines. The shape helps trap the volatiles, while allowing swirling to agitate them and produce an intense aroma.

This glass is appropriate with the following beer styles
American IPA The American India Pale Ale (IPA) style has an extremely notable hop presence in both aroma and taste. The hop character is always front and center and notable as a floral or citrus character tha... [more]
American Stout The American Stout is highlighted by a dark brown to black color. Head retention should be notable also. Aroma has pronounced tones of caramel, chocolate, coffee and a very notable roasted smell.... [more]
American Strong Ale The term American Strong Ale is usually used as a "catch-all" category for any dark and strong beers that defy a traditional beer style description. This "style" shares characteristics with sever... [more]
Sour Ale Sour Ales (also called American Sour Ales or American Wild Ales) are exactly what they sound like - ales brewed and fermented to give a very notable sour taste and aroma. The color can range wide... [more]
Belgian Dark Ale The style of Belgian Dark Ales covers a wide range of Belgian beers. These can include a darker version of an existing beer (using darker malts). The color ranges from medium amber to brown. The ... [more]
Belgian IPA The Belgian IPA combines the hoppy character of the American IPA style with the spicy notes or fruity esters of many Belgian styles. The base style that is usually used is a Tripel. Therefore, th... [more]
Belgian Strong Dark Ale Belgian Strong Dark Ales range in color from amber to dark brown. The aroma has notes of dark candy sugar, mild dark fruits and roasted malts. Hop presence should be minimal. The taste also has a... [more]
Braggot The Braggot is a beer and mead variant that was originally brewed with honey and hops. Later examples of the style used honey and malts, with hops being optional. The color should have notable cl... [more]
Dubbel The Belgian Dubbel is a medium bodied, dark beer with a malt and nut sweetness. The color is dark amber to dark red-brown. Head retention is usually notable. Aroma should have sweet malts, nuts, ... [more]
Eisbock Eisbock was originally discovered in Kulmbach, Bavaria by removing ice from partially frozen barrels of beer. This is a traditional style that is typically made by freeze distilling a doppelbock ... [more]
English Barleywine The English Barleywine is generally a less bitter version of the American Barleywine. Hop notes are subdued because English hop varieties are usually (but not always) used in the style. Like the ... [more]
English IPA The modern English IPA has a medium hop bitterness, with medium alcohol content. The bitterness level is notably less than the American IPA. The color should be pale gold to dark copper. The arom... [more]
English Stout The English Stout is similar to the American Stout, with the exception that hop presence should be very minimal. Further, the mouthfeel should be somewhat thinner than a normal American Stout. Th... [more]
English Strong Ale English Strong Ale is a strong pale ale with ABV usually above 5%. The malt sweetness and fruity esters are far more obvious than the hop tones. The color should be pale amber to medium red-brown... [more]
Faro A Faro is a Lambic style that is blended with candied sugar. This gives a very light mouthfeel, and a very sweet taste. Some examples may also use spices to add to the flavor.
Flanders Oud Bruin Flanders Brown Ale, or Oud Bruin (translates to "old brown" in Flemish), originates from the Flemish region in Belgium. The Flemish name refers to the long aging this beer gets, often up to a yea... [more]
Flanders Red Ale The Flanders Red Ale is a Belgian-style sour ale similar to the Flanders Brown Ale (or Oud Bruin). The style is highlighted by a strong sour aroma and taste and minimal hop presence. Much like th... [more]
Fruit / Vegetable Beer A Fruit or Vegetable Beer is a beer brewed with a fruit or vegetable in the mash or with flavoring added in the fermentation. The most recognized example of a Fruit Beer is probably the Belgian L... [more]
Fruit Melomel The Fruit Melomel is a mead that contains fruit. A specific example of this is a mead that is fermented with grape juice called a pyment. The color can range widely, depending on the fruit used i... [more]
Gueuze Gueuze is a type of Belgian Lambic beer that is made by blending a younger lambic (1 year old) with an older lambic (2-3 years old). This is then bottled for a secondary fermentation in the bottl... [more]
Herbed / Spiced Beer Herbed or Spiced Beers are beers that use herbs or spices in addition to malts and hops. The base style of the beer will dictate how the herbs or spices work in terms of flavors and aroma. The im... [more]
Irish Dry Stout The Irish Dry Stout is most famously associated with Guinness. The color is very dark to almost black. Additionally, the visual impact of the beer is enhanced by the retention of a thick and rich... [more]
Lambic - Fruit Fruit Lambic is just what it says, Lambic with fruit additions (either whole fruit or syrup). Pretty much any fruit can be used. The Lambic is usually bottled with a secondary fermentation.
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Lambic - Unblended An unblended Lambic is a very sour beer that is difficult to find outside Belgium. The color should be pale lemon yellow, with a notable cloudiness. The aroma should have an intense sour tone, wi... [more]
Metheglin Metheglin is a type of mead that contains herbs (such as cloves, cinnamon or nutmeg) or spices (such as oregano, hops, or even lavender or chamomile). The color of this style follows the standard... [more]
Milk / Sweet Stout Sweet Stouts may also be called "Milk Stouts" or "Cream Stouts". This is a stout style that contains lactose, which is a sugar in milk. This sugar adds sweetness to the beer, along with a slightl... [more]
New England Cider New England Cider is a cider made with New England apples and has a notable high acidity and higher alcoholic levels. Woodchuck Cider from Vermont is a high profile example of this beverage. The ... [more]
Oatmeal Stout Oatmeal Stouts are a Stout style with oats added to the brewing process. Normally, there is a maximum of 30% oats added to the grains. The color should be the same as other Stout styles, usually ... [more]
Old Ale An Old Ale (or Stock Ale) is a strong, dark and malty English style of beer. The color should range from dark amber to dark brown. The aroma should have minimal hop notes, with strong malt or car... [more]
Quadrupel A Quadrupel (or Quad) is a Belgian strong ale. It is intended to be stronger than a Tripel. Color should be dark, usually dark brown or amber. The aroma should have notes of alcohol, dark fruits,... [more]
Russian Imperial Stout Russian Imperial Stout is a specific stout style that tends to be defined by both a strong malt profile and a higher alcohol content than other stout styles. There should be strong notes of roast... [more]
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy The Scotch Ale (or Wee Heavy) is a stronger version of the broader style of Scottish Ales. The style is very similar to a barleywine, with the exception that the characteristics lean heavily towa... [more]
Specialty Cider / Perry Specialty Cider (or Perry) are distinguished from the Standard Cider (or Perry) by both flavor and alcohol content. One flavor difference would be the use of a combination of fruits and/or spices... [more]
Standard Cider / Perry Ciders are made from apple juice and fermented to create what is sometimes known as "Hard Cider". A wide variety of apple types can be used and will slightly affect the qualities of aroma and fla... [more]
Mead Mead is a drink made from fermented honey. This gives a somewhat sweet aroma and flavor to the drink. Overall, however, the sweetness generally does not overpower the sharpness of the alcohol. So... [more]
Tripel Belgian Tripels are highlighted by complex, spicy flavors. The color is generally pale to medium golden. The aroma has fruity/banana esters, with notes of sweetness and spices. The taste has bala... [more]
Wheat Wine A Wheat Wine (also called an American Style Wheat Wine) is a stronger wheat beer that is brewed with 50% or more wheat malt. The color ranges from gold to dark amber. The style is full bodied and... [more]
American Double / Imperial IPA The American Double (or Imperial) India Pale Ale is the style most Hopheads love more than any other. Most examples of this style are so packed with glorious hop goodness that you can smell it ac... [more]
American Double / Imperial Stout The American Double (or Imperial) Stout is one style that virtually every microbeer fan knows well. The style is a derivative of the Russian Imperial Stout and therefore has the same robust flavo... [more]
American Barleywine American Barleywines are a complex style that range from amber to dark copper in color. The mouthfeel is generally full and there is a notable malt sweetness, usually present as a caramel or toff... [more]
Black IPA The Black IPA is typically an IPA brewed with dark malts and has a darker color than the standard India Pale Ale. The color should range from dark brown to black. Along with the usual highly nota... [more]
Belgian Double IPA The Belgian Double IPA is simply a stronger version of the Belgian IPA. It has a much stronger hop profile, with the accompanying boost to alcohol, color, aroma and flavors. ABV tends to be high,... [more]