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)

2011 Vintage Oak Aged (Barrel No. 95) (Brouwerij Rodenbach)

Style: Single Vat Flanders Red 7.0% ABV Brewer’s Note: “RODENBACH the exceptional Flemish red-brown sour ale of mixed fermentation, takes on its unique character by maturing in handmade oak vats, some over 150 years old. This exclusive limited edition Vintage by RODENBACH is the result of a two-year aging process in Vat Number 95, resulting in our finest ale produced. Enjoy its unparalleled sweet and … Continue reading 2011 Vintage Oak Aged (Barrel No. 95) (Brouwerij Rodenbach)

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)

Bellegems Bruin (Brouwerij Bockor N.V.)

Style: West Flanders Oud Bruin   5.5% ABV Brewer’s Note: “The main ingredients of our Vanderghinste Oud Bruin are malted barley, wheat, hops, water, and caramelized malts. These are used to brew a top-fermented beer./ Blending this beer with lambic beer aged in oak for 18 months results in this specific West Flanders Brown beer. It’s typical flavour is characterized by a well-balanced, hardly noticeable sourness./This … Continue reading Bellegems Bruin (Brouwerij Bockor N.V.)

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)