2014-2015 Quetsche Tilquin À L’ancienne (Guezerie Tilquin)

6.4% ABV Style: Lambic aged on Plums From: Rebecq-Rognon, Belgium Technical Features: “Beer made from 60% malted barley and 40% wheat; When boiling, only aged hops are used; Natural contamination by the air during cooling; The day after brewing, contaminated wort is brought to blendery and pumpt into oak barrels; Spontaneous fermentation in oak barrels for a period of 1 to 2 years; Fermentation of … Continue reading 2014-2015 Quetsche Tilquin À L’ancienne (Guezerie Tilquin)

La Vermontoise (Hill Farmstead Brewery & Brasserie de Blaugies)

Style: Belgo-American Saison 6.0% ABV From: Dour, Belgium Brewery’s Note: “The Hill Farmstead brewers traveled to Brasserie de Blaugies to share in the kindred bond of farmhouse brewing. The result is this classic saison brewed with spelt and an abundance of Amarillo hops. A true expression of noble Belgian tradition and artistic American innovation from the families at Brasserie de Blaugies and Hill Farmstead.” The … Continue reading La Vermontoise (Hill Farmstead Brewery & Brasserie de Blaugies)

Smuttlabs Barrel Aged Tripel (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: American Tripel Aged on Chardonnay Barrel Oak Chips 9.5% ABV 25 IBU’s Malts: North American 2-Row, Aromatic, Wheat, Carahell Hops: Sterling Yeast: Trappist Ale Bottled On: 8/18/14 Brewery’s Note: “Following the debut of our Belgian-style Tripel, comes a Heritage Avenue-brewed Smuttlabs tripel, aged on chardonnay oak. You’ll notice a few differences between this and the Big Beer Series version. Vanilla and pear highlight the … Continue reading Smuttlabs Barrel Aged Tripel (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Caractère Rouge (Brouwerij Rodenbach)

Caractère Rouge (Brouwerij Rodenbach) Style: Flanders Red aged w/macerated cherries, raspberries, and cranberries 7.0% ABV From: Roeselare, Belgium Brewery’s Note: “Rodenbach Caractère Rouge was developed in 2011 in collaboration with top chef Viki Geunes (2 Michelin stars). This exclusive beer is created by adding an extra six months’ fermenting maceration with cherries, raspberries and cranberries to beer that has already undergone two years’ maturation in oak casks. The … Continue reading Caractère Rouge (Brouwerij Rodenbach)

Fleur Sauvage (Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar)

Style: Barrel-Aged Belgian IPA/Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Ale 6.0% ABV Imported by 12% Importer From: Baarle-Hertog, Belgium Brewery’s Note: “Barrel-aged Belle Fleur I.P.A. (13 months) impossible combination of sour, sweet and bitter.” Information on this beer is scant. The brewer’s website doesn’t even note that it exists, and all anyone really knows is that it’s their Belle Fleur IPA aged in barrels. Do we know what kind … Continue reading Fleur Sauvage (Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar)

Bourbon Barrel Aged 319 (Idle Hands Craft Ales)

Style: American Quad brewed with cherries and aged in bourbon barrels 10.7% ABV Aged for 6 Months From: Everett, MA Brewery’s Note: “Belgian style Quadruple brewed with Cherries.  Aged in a single barrel of Eagle Rare 10 year for Redstone Liquors. 20 cases produced.” The beer pours a dark, dark mahogany color with a head of sand colored bubbles that slowly recede to a nice … Continue reading Bourbon Barrel Aged 319 (Idle Hands Craft Ales)

Judgment Day (Lost Abbey Brewing Company)

Style: American Quad brewed with Raisins 10.5% ABV From: San Diego, CA Brewer’s Note: “A massive beer in every sense of the word. A stronger and more contemplative version of our Lost and Found Ale. Judgment Day is the base beer for our Cuvee de Tomme. Many of the Trappist Breweries produce a version of beer which ages incredibly well for many years to come. … Continue reading Judgment Day (Lost Abbey Brewing Company)

Herbe à détourne (Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!)

Style: American/New World Tripel Known Hops: Citra 10.2% ABV From: Montreal, Quebec Brewer’s Note: “This beer was brewed in the Belgian Tripel style… with much exageration! An enormous amount of Citra hops was used, giving to the beer a powerful bitterness and obvious hops aromas. This beer had been fermented with our Abbey-style Belgian yeast, but at low temperature in order to limit the production … Continue reading Herbe à détourne (Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!)

New England Brewery Series: Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, ME)

A couple of weekends ago, just before The Festival (see my review here) my girlfriend and I visited the venerable, funky, and scenic Allagash Brewing Company.  Allagash’s brewery is located a short drive outside the city of Portland, ME in a nice little industrial zone with a good amount of forest cropping up around them.  The brewery is made up of a fair amount of … Continue reading New England Brewery Series: Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, ME)

Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L’Ancienne (Gueuzerie Tilquin)

Style: Gueuze 6.0% ABV From: Rebecq, Belgium Brewer’s Notes: “Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l’Ancienne (6.0% alc/vol) is a spontaneous fermentation beer, produced from the blending of 1, 2 and 3 years old lambics. It is unfiltered and unpasteurized, and refermented in the bottle for at least 6 months. The lambics used were fermented and oak aged in our installations. These lambics are coming from worts … Continue reading Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L’Ancienne (Gueuzerie Tilquin)