Mikkeller Dry Stout (Sauternes Edition) – Mikkeller

O’hare’s Beer Club April 2014 Box

Limited Edition

Mikkeller is a gypsy brewery from Copenhagen, Denmark that contract their beer to be brewed all over the world.  This brew was brewed at De Proefbrouwerij in Belgium and is called “Mikkeller Dry Stout (Sauternes Edition”.  This stout was aged in Sauternes wine barrels.  The beer pours a opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, wine, oaky and chocolate.  The flavour is of roasted malts, smoke, wine, grapes, dark fruits, chocolate and some funky notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.1% with an IBU of 20.  People seem to be split on this beer as some places give it a 99/100 rating and some give it 54/100.  I come in on the much higher side as I really enjoyed this beer!

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Dark chocolate truffels

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River City Handsome West Coast Belgian IPA – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

Well it has happened!  BC has its first Gypsy Brewery!  Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks located in Richmond BC have brewed their first commercial brew.  Dan Fuggles and Tony Warlock are well known in the Home Brewing circles in Metro Vancouver and have struck out on the commercial brewing path.  Their “River City Handsome West Coast Belgian IPA” is a collaboration with Big River Brewpub in South Richmond.  The beer pours a cloudy orange/copper with a creamy white head.  There is some lasting lacing left on the glass.  The aroma consists of melons, fruity esters, sweet malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of big hops up front with sweet melon, citrus, Belgian yeast, pine and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 68.  This is a very tasty brew to be sure.  There is a great balance of sweetness from the malts and fruit esters with the hops bitterness.

Commercial Description:  We have merged two beautiful styles, a lovely peachy grapefruity West Coast IPA with the complex spicy characteristics of a Belgian IPA, this “hop juice” weighs in at 7.5% ABV and 68 IBU and is hopped with Centennial, Citra, Amarillo, and Dry Hopped with even more Citra and Amarillo.. Yummm

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