Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale 2014 – Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Limited Winter Release

From Sierra Nevada Brewing Company out of Chico California comes their seasonal the “Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale”.  This bottle is of the 2014 Vintage being bottled on 12/10/13.  This big ale pours a deep copper with a light brownish head.  The aroma consists of big malts, some floral hops and a hint of fruits.  The flavour is of huge malts, dark fruits, pine and hops bitterness.  This beer is obviously young as the alcohol is still quite hot (quite noticeable).  The alcohol content comes in at 9.6% and I would assume the IBU is fairly high as well.  This is a very good Barleywine if you are a fan of the style but it could really use some aging to bring up the malts while bringing down the alcohol burn.

Commercial Description:  Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops. First introduced in the winter of 1983, Bigfoot is a cult-classic beer brewed in the barleywine style, meaning a strong, robust, bruiser of a beer with the refined intensity of a wine. Bigfoot is prized by beer collectors for its supreme cellarability. Under the proper conditions, it can age like a fine wine, developing new flavors and character as it matures in the bottle. Each new release or “expedition” is vintage dated. Collect your own and see the flavors develop and progress.

Check out my Build Your Own 6 Pack that this was a part of!



Build Your Own 6 Pack – Bottle Jockey

Recently Bottle Jockey in Burnaby started doing a build your own 6 pack. This is my first of many mixed 6 packs.  I don’t know about my followers but I don’t like drinking 6 of the same beer so this opportunity helps me try packaged beers without the volume!

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The beer in my 6 pack are as follows:

Phillips Brewing – Amnesiac Double IPA
Caldera Brewing – Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada – Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale
Mikkeller – Mosaic Imperial IPA
Ninkasi Brewing – Renewale Alt Pale Ale
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel – Aphrodisiaque

My reviews will link back to this post.  I hope you enjoy the reviews as much as I am going to enjoy this 6 pack.

Bottle Jockey
107 – 1899 Rosser Ave
Madison Centre (beside Joey Restaurant)
Burnaby, BC, V5C 6R5
tel: 604 564 6259

Ovila® Abbey Saison with Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns – Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Limited Collaboration

This Ale was created in Collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and the Trappist-Cistercian Monks at Abbey of New Clairvaux both in California.  The brewery is located in Chico while the abbey is located in Vina.  The monks may be trappist Monks but this is not an official Trappist beer but an Abby Ale.  The “Ovila® Abbey Saison with Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns” is what has been born out of this collaboration.  This interesting saison pours an amber/orange with a quickly dissipating off white head.  The aroma consists of peppercorn, mandarin oranges, lemon, yeast and wheat.  The flavour is of lemon, mandarin oranges, peppercorn, yeast, wheat and some hops bitterness at the finish.  This body has a very nice mouth feel and body.  The alcohol content comes in at a respectable 7.5% alcohol and IBU of 24.  This is a highly tasty beer and I really hope that the monks start to look into becoming an official Trappist brewery to shine a light on this very special project they have with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Commercial Description:  An homage to the monks’ noble work, this unique farmhouse ale is incredibly complex with notes of lemon, pepper, straw and herbs balanced by the tang of Mandarin oranges and a spicy kick of pepper. The Mandarin oranges used to make this beer were locally grown, including a portion grown on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux and picked by hand by the community of monks living there. We hope you enjoy this collaboration ale.

Food Pairing as per the Sierra Nevada Brewing:  Curried dishes, poultry, fish, shellfish, Camembert, Parmesan, Gorgonzola, orange sorbet, crepes.