Bourbon Barrel Oblivion (Wicked Weed Brewing Company)

Style: Sour Red aged in Bourbon Barrels with Blackberries & Dates 10.5% ABV From: Asheville, NC Brewery’s Note: “This long-awaited iteration of Oblivion is a sour red ale aged with double the standard amount of blackberries and dates in bourbon barrels. These flavorful Kentucky barrels are then artfully blended to enhance the intense fruit and higher abv.” The beer pours a murky candied brown with … Continue reading Bourbon Barrel Oblivion (Wicked Weed Brewing Company)

Helena (Allagash Brewing Company)

Style: American Flanders-Style Red Aged in Oak Foudre 7.1% ABV From: Portland, ME Grains: Allagash 2-row Malted Barley Blend, Munich Malt, Raw Wheat Hops: Hallertau Barrel: Finished in an oak foudre Yeast: House Bacteria: Lactobacillus and Pediococcus Brewery’s Note: “Helena is modeled after a traditional Flemish- Style Sour Red. It opens with aromas of apple and pear, imparts flavors of caramel and fruit, and is followed by a clean, … Continue reading Helena (Allagash Brewing Company)

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)

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)

Grand Cru (Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.)

Style: Flanders Red Ale 6% ABV Brewer’s Note: 33% Young Ale, 67% Ale matured for 2 years Aged in Oak Barrels This is a big classy bottle, which I respect and enjoy, but overall the design is a little boring.  The close-up of the oak barrels as the picture graphic for the bottle is a little weird, though I do like the crooked oval that … Continue reading Grand Cru (Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.)