Origins (Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project)

Style: American Flanders Red Mixed Fermentation 6.5% ABV Batch #5 May 2015 From: Denver, CO Brewery’s Note: “Base Burgundy Sour aged in Oak Barrels. Our Hommage to the history of barrel-aging and those who have influenced us along the way.” “We like to call Origins our homage to the history of barrel aging and those who have influenced us along the way. This beer is … Continue reading Origins (Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project)

Neddles (Allagash Brewing Company)

Style: American Sour Brown aged in Rum Barrels 10.5 % ABV Brewery’s Note: “Sour Brown aged sour with Lactic acid bacteria in Stainless steel for 8 months. Then it was transferred to rum barrels for an additional 6-8 months./ Neddles is a sour brown aged in rum barrels from Ned’s new venture, New England Distilling. Dark amber in color with an aroma of green apple … Continue reading Neddles (Allagash Brewing Company)

New England Red (Trillium Brewing Company)

Style: American Flanders-Style Red 7.2% ABV From: Boston, MA Brewer’s Note: “New England style Flemish Red aged in sherry casks.” The beer pours, like high grade maple syrup, a light, pale amber, and sits with a nice ruby tint to it. The beer forms a thin head of tiny, sand-dune white bubbles above the beer. The body is clean and clear, but with a nice … Continue reading New England Red (Trillium Brewing Company)

Valentino (Night Shift Brewing)

Style: Single-Barrel Wild Rye Ale 8.5% ABV From: Everett, MA Bottled On: 2/7/14 Brewer’s Note: “Valentino is the celebration of our love for beautiful beer. Aged in a single brandy barrel for 17 months, he won our hearts and palates as a favorite amongst the brewery’s large barrel collection. He sips dry and tart, with rich, lingering notes of sour cherry, rye spice, and sweet, … Continue reading Valentino (Night Shift Brewing)

La Roja (Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales)

Style: American Flanders-Style Red Ale/American Wild Red 7.2% ABV Blend 11 Bottled on: 04-26-2013 Brewer’s Note: “An artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition.  Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice, and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging.  Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age from two to ten months. ” The beer’s label gets a different review from me every time … Continue reading La Roja (Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales)

FV 13 (Allagash Brewing Company)

Style: American Wild Ale/ Flanders-Style Red Ale? 8.9% ABV Aged in an Oak Foudre From: Portland, ME Brewer’s Note: “FV 13 marks our first venture into the world of foudre beers. Foudres are giant oak tanks used for aging (this one holds 2700 gallons.) FV 13 is a blend of wild yeast and bacteria, a base beer with lots of malt character, and about four … Continue reading FV 13 (Allagash Brewing Company)

Red Poppy Ale (The Lost Abbey)

Style: Flanders Red Ale 5.5% ABV Classy bottles make lovely shelf decorations, and this bottle is very classy.  I love the Celtic cross and the simplistic red poppy graphic.  The text for the beer name and brewery name is superb and a perfect meshing of classy and simplistic.  The text that describes the beer is a little boring, though, and does take away from the … Continue reading Red Poppy Ale (The Lost Abbey)