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Best beer style with steak?

Discussion in 'Beer & Food' started by RyanCave, Apr 26, 2013.

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  1. RyanCave

    RyanCave Apr 13, 2011 Oregon

    that's it.. I'm about to eat a steak and can't figure out what to drink with it.

    Help!!! :D
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  2. ricochet173

    ricochet173 Jul 6, 2011 Quebec (Canada)
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    I had a St. Bernardus ABT at a Steak Frites place a while ago and it was a great pairing. Try a quad!
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  3. Henamonster

    Henamonster Feb 2, 2007 California

    Go Imperial Stout or go home, son! Haha!


    Ribeye w/sauteed mushrooms & bleu cheese crumbles!

    Seriously though, for my money you can't go wrong with an imperial stout w/steak. If you happen to have something smoked (Stone Smoked Porter), then that would be a great substitute.
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  4. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    This is probably coming in too late but I am a big fan of Belgian Strong Dark Ales and/or Belgian Strong Pale Ales with steak.
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  5. smakawhat

    smakawhat Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Steak what? Having sides? Sauces? Au povre? Seasoned how?... lots of options

    Porter is a very safe bet. As are dubbels..
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  6. RyanCave

    RyanCave Apr 13, 2011 Oregon

    Planning on having a ribeye, asparagus, brussel sprouts, sauteed mushrooms and a beer. my rub generally has a little garlic and onion, salt, pepper, and some thyme mixed with a sweet balsamic vinegar.

    any more ideas?
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  7. smakawhat

    smakawhat Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Love having this beer with steak. Green Peppercorn tripel from brewers art. Original suggestions still stand and the others mentioned sound good also.
  8. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    If i'm not mistaken Sam Calagione brewed Raison D'être with the intent of it pairing perfect with a steak.
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  9. smakawhat

    smakawhat Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Another great suggestion.
  10. RyanCave

    RyanCave Apr 13, 2011 Oregon

    Awesome! I have a few of those in my fridge.. thanks!
  11. smakawhat

    smakawhat Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    It's a unique Belgian style dark ale, similar to a dubbel but quite uinque. I used to drink cases of the stuff. A good thick malt sweetnees and the raisins will bring out some good umami fatness of your meat. The sweetness will be a good contrast to your spiced dry rub also I think, and its a no brainer for the acidic sweet balsamic.

    All depends on what you want to achieve, heck who says you can have only one beer for your meal?! ;)
  12. RyanCave

    RyanCave Apr 13, 2011 Oregon

    You sir, are a genius :)
  13. smakawhat

    smakawhat Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Its close to my lunch hour and I am ravenously hungry right now maybe that has something to do with it...

    Sounds like you are set. Hope it works, I dont think you'll be dissapointed. Everyones tastes are different also, I am not a big dubbel fan, but its often a good pairing for grilled meats. Ergo I will mention it.

    Hey dont thank me, fatboyswag there mentioned it first :) love a good ribeye with nice marbling..
  14. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Apr 12, 2013 Maryland
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    I echo all suggestions for Belgian Dark Strong Ales, Dubbels, and Brunes. They go absolutely perfect with steaks!
  15. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    Since many of us are suggesting beers from Belgium (or at least Belgian styles), I couldn't resist correcting the fact that one of the vegetables you will serve are called Brussels sprouts. :rolleyes:
  16. RyanCave

    RyanCave Apr 13, 2011 Oregon

    haha! I didnt even think of that!
  17. Richard-de-Beer

    Richard-de-Beer Apr 9, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    A small glass of a good Quad matches beef and a big glass of Imperial of Baltic Stout to balance the rest of the meal. By the by, asparagus and sprouts don't match well with steak in my opinion. Asparagus is to subtle and sprouts tartness (wrong ph level) does not go well with with beef fats. They are more suited for lamb unless roasted and then they give you wind, but a small price to pay sometimes.
  18. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Oct 2, 2010 New York

    Goose Island Pepe Nero with a cracked pepper grilled Porterhouse is something I love all summer long. Also LOVE a nice Ribeye steak with a bourbon/cherry glaze and St. Bernardus Abt. 12 or Rochefort 10.
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  19. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I would agree if the asparagus were steamed or poached. But if they are grilled (like hopefully the steak) then I think they pick up some smokiness and char that I think pairs well with steak. I would say the same for roasted Brussels sprouts --- a favorite pairing with steak.
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  20. smakawhat

    smakawhat Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    asparagus on the grill is awesome I do that in the summer I friggin love it.
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  21. socolasua

    socolasua May 3, 2013 Viet Nam

    Beer with a cheese on beefsteak is so good!!!
  22. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Mar 27, 2009 Oregon
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    My initial reaction is a good balanced porter or brown ale. Tonight, however, I paired a steak (top sirloin lightly marinated and rubbed with coffee, smoked paprika, cayenne, and black pepper) with Anchorage's The Tide and it's Takers. The results were sublime-I can't imagine a better pairing, especially on one of the first warm days of the year!
  23. KS1297

    KS1297 Apr 14, 2013 Wisconsin

    I drink beer all the time but i rarely have a steak, so when i do have one, i like to let it be the star of the show and have a beer that compliments rather than competes with it. I go with boston lager.
  24. ZAP

    ZAP Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    You don't have a recipe for that glaze by chance do you?
  25. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Oct 2, 2010 New York

    1/2 jar cherry preserves
    1/2 bag frozen cherries
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup Bourbon of choice
    1 cup cherry cola
    Spice with cloves, star anise, cinnamon or nothing at all.
    Add a little fresh cracked pepper before serving.

    Boil until it runs thick on the back of a spoon.
  26. Henamonster

    Henamonster Feb 2, 2007 California

    Jesus, that sounds incredible.
  27. Hockey_Fan

    Hockey_Fan Jan 13, 2013 Maryland

    I'd go with a Porter, a Brown Ale, an Altbier, or maybe an Old Ale.
  28. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    A good pinot, preferably Burgundian, oh wait wrong website...
  29. strangebrew321

    strangebrew321 Feb 18, 2009 Indiana
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    Nothing beats a wood grilled steak topped with blue cheese and a side of caramelized onions and buttered mushrooms, paired with a big stout such as The Abyss, BA Pt5 or Dark Lord.
  30. bpgpitt10

    bpgpitt10 May 12, 2008 District of Columbia

    If I'm having a pretty basic steak without a complicated sauce, I'm pretty much always going to opt for red wine. However, I do love Pepe Nero if I'm doing a pepper crusted steak.

    Also, I'll be on record saying that an RIS with a steak is way too much richness for me. Now an RIS AFTER a steak sounds delicious though.
  31. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    Do you like the flavor of beef or all these other big flavors together? Just giving you trouble, though I'm not big on toppings/sauces unless on something like a filet.
  32. strangebrew321

    strangebrew321 Feb 18, 2009 Indiana
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    Beef + blue cheese + onion + mushroom + RIS = magical dance party in my mouth :D
    Though to be honest, its usually either blue cheese OR onion & mushroom.
  33. mrhox1981

    mrhox1981 Mar 3, 2012 Florida

    I ate a NY Strip last week with a Green Flash Double Stout and in worked out wonderfully. I love most of the beers mentioned so far, but a good stout works wonders with a nicely seared steak.
  34. rickzim1

    rickzim1 May 2, 2015 New Jersey

    I just received a package from Omaha Steaks. Filets, sirloins, lobster tails, pork chops and burgers. It's going to be a good holiday weekend.
    Time to hit the local package store for some strong ale and wits. I'm thinking Unibroue Maudite and St. Bernardus Wit should pair nicely with it all.
  35. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I like something rich and malty. Strong Dark Belgian, or Porter / stout
  36. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    I'm sorry, because I know I say this all the time, but... Duvel will compliment any steak perfectly...
  37. jeffjeff1

    jeffjeff1 Jun 6, 2009 California

    I was going to ask what rubs and about your steak but when I saw it, I just got hungry. Now I want a steak.
  38. cal1207

    cal1207 Oct 29, 2013 California
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    I like a good ipa or apa with a steak. Mine are usually peppered well and served with a steak sauce that to me has some heat (I think everything is hot/spicy) so it helps me balance out the heat with out overbearing the steak flavors.
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