Beer Tasting: Bone Chillers, Winter Warmers
November 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
We’ve got a handful of events in the pipeline to close out 2017, and we’re kicking it off with possibly our last beer tasting of the year…maybe. Wink. Check out the full list below, and be sure to drop in or give us a call to make your reservation!
Ommegang Winter is Here – Imperial Witbier – 8.3% abv
Once again, Ommegang has partnered up with Game of Thrones for this officially licensed specialty beer. Brewed to slake the demonic thirst of the Night King himself, probably, Winter is Here is a big double witbier with sea salt and black pepper. Fun fact: Richard Brake, who portrays the Night King in the GOT series, also plays a character called “Doom-Head” in Rob Zombie’s 31. That’s a stupid movie and you shouldn’t watch it, but still, drink this beer.
Pohjala Must Kuld Colombia – Strong Coffee Porter – 7.8% abv
Pohjala is from Estonia, which is nuts. They’re also cranking out some of the most delicious big beers in the world; their imperial coffee stout on bourbon and cognac barrels was hands-down the best thing we tasted at this year’s Shelton Brothers Festival. This is tame by comparison, but features big coffee notes and a hint of dark fruit.
Samuel Smith Yorkshire Stingo – 9% – England
Y’know, no big deal, Samuel Smith has just been churning out spot-on classics for literally decades. This beer is perhaps their most underappreciated: a big malty strong ale aged on oak casks for a whole year. Come at me, snow.
Struise Tsjesses Reserva (Port Barrel) – Belgian Tripel – 10% abv
Struise does make balanced, well-attenuated beers, but that’s not why you’re here. Upon first tasting this beer, head brewer Urbain Cocteau reportedly shook his head, smiled, and said “Jesus!” Due to the strength of the beer, however, it came out “Tsjeeses!” Anyway. This small batch is aged on port wine barrels, lending this heady, spicy beer a touch of tannin and sweetness.
De Dolle Stille Nacht – Belgian Strong Ale – 12% abv
There is perhaps no better cellaring candidate in the world than Stille Nacht (with one or two notable exceptions, but we’ll get there). A big, warming strong ale brewed with pale malts, white candi sugar, and De Dolle’s signature house yeast, it has the heft to keep for ten years or more. Still, it is also delicious when fresh, with notes of sweet apricot, elderflower, and Turkish delight candy.
De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva – Flanders Style Sour Brown – 13% abv
Yeah, so. Probably the only better cellaring beer in the world than Stille Nacht is another De Dolle product: this big ol’ beast of a sour ale, Oerbier Reserva. You can find standard Oerbier, the brewery’s sort-of quadrupel, here at Brasserie V on the reg, but this is special. Aged for almost two years in Bourgogne red wine casks, the beer takes on an insanely wine-forward, vinous note, with a hint of almond and marzipan. Again, this is amazing fresh, but go find a bottle or two and wait five years. It is transcendant.
Evil Twin/Westbrook The Perfect Nose 2015 – Barleywine – 10.2% abv
We here at Brasserie V are fully on the #BIL train, we don’t care if negative six of you know what that even means. We got these bottles when they were first released, and the beer was good, if a little phenolic and hot. A couple of years later, the beer, aged in cognac barrels btw, has rounded out and become more decadent. Sweet but nimble, with flavors of fig, walnut, oak, and red wine.