Felidia, New York City – Ravioli Carbonara with Grains of Truth Harvest Ale by Ommegang.
When I mentioned to a friend that I going to Felidia in New York City for dinner, he told me to make sure that I ordered the “tiny pillows of heaven”. It seemed like an odd name to have on a menu but it made much more sense when I had the first bite of the Ravioli Carbonara. These really were heaven sent and they are forever etched in my flavor memory. The ravioli is filled with egg yolk and is topped with sharp grated cheese and bacon pieces in a flavor-packed creamy cheese-based sauce. I love sharp cheese and who doesn’t love bacon? Wow. Just wow.
The Felidia cicerone matched up with this immensely flavorful dish was a harvest ale from Ommegang called Grains of Truth. The Cooperstown, New York brewer is known for Belgian-style ales and this particular ale is brewed with four of the five major breakfast grains: rye, oatmeal, barley and wheat. No corn – at least no mention. The alcohol by volume jumps up a tick to 5.8%. Front and center is a pronounced spicy rye and caramel toffee sweetness over some mellow clove and surprising hop influence. The beer may have been a bit muscled out a bit by this full-flavored dish but certainly they were on the right track…somewhat sweet and spice of the beer with the savory and salty combo of the Ravioli Carbonara. Well done Felidia.
Grains of Truth Harvest Ale – very good 89 points.
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