Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien (ASBC) – 2014
Sour Beer / Bière de Garde | 11.% ABV
*** 3rd highest rated beer (style) on Beer Advocate! ***
Boldly treading the boundary between port, wine and beer, l’Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is a unique ale aged in wooden casks which have been used for several years before to age Merlot, Merlot Cabernet, Whisky and then Grappa. It manages to merge into L’Abbaye all the complex aromas of a vintage red wine along with the delicate harmony and flavors of the wood and its former contents. This process requires close monitoring of the beer’s evolution. The final version is blended from different casks, to ensure optimal balance, complexity and enjoyment! A mere one thousand bottles have been earmarked for the US market in 2006.
[Thus named in fond memory of Bon-Chien, the late brewery cat, deceased in June 2005, whose antics were very popular with brewery visitors]
Try it with pan-fried duck breast or foie gras deglaced with Modena balsamic vinegar or with a high cocoa contents dark chcolate.
The beers of the Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes are flavorful top-fermenting beers, brewed according to ancestral accounts of master craftsmen brewers. Double Fermented before bottling, they are unfiltered and unpasteurized to preserve their flavors and smoothness.
Duchessic Ale – A blend of Cantillon Lambic and Duchessa Saison
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 5.3% ABV
$10.99 | 375ml
This will ONLY be sold at the January 22nd, 2016 tasting at the Beverage Warehouse. First come, first served. 1 per person.
A sort of “collaboration brew” with the famous Belgian brewery Brasserie Cantillon: an interesting experiment about spontaneous fermentations. The traditional Duchessa – spelt beer – has been cut with a 20% of one year old lambic from Brasserie Cantillon. The result is a unique beer that extraordinarily merges the lambic sharp and sour characteristics with the gentle notes of Duchessa. A real gem not to be missed, as the former version’s great success confirms.
Beersel Mattina – 3 Fonteinen Lambic Multi-year Lambic / Saison blend | 6.2% ABV
$29.99 | 750ml
Incredible Flavor & Incredibly Limited!
This beer drips with refinement and elegance. One of the best Lambic’s you’ve never heard of!
A blend of New Morning and 18 month aged 3 Fonteinen Lambic refined for at least 12 months in bottle. Gorgeous citrus nose with hints of dried flowers and honey. Lasting and sapid in the mouth with a sour finish that always makes the lovers of this blend smile.
This beer could very well make you develop an addiction for spontaneous fermentation and turn your entire world upside down!
After a mechanical breakdown, 3 Fonteinen Brewery of Beersel (possibly the best Lambic blender in the world) had economic damage in the summer of 2009. The news caused such a stir in the International beer movement that I called Armand to know how things were. As he needed to sell his Lambic, I immediately got inspired to blend our New Morning with his beer. We selected three 18 month old Lambic barrels that we siphoned in a small tank on our truck. The journey back was long and hard, myself and Manuel took turns driving through Belgium, France and Italy only stopping for gas. After days hand bottling and months of maturation, the outcome has gone over and beyond our expectations and we can say with pride that it was worth it!
Scires – Vintage 2006
Sour Cherry Beer | 7% ABV
$24.99 | 750ml
Dark red with little to no head.
Sweet dark cherries, ripened under the warm Italian sun, meet a blend of sour beers, one old, the other young. When you drink Scires, let your creativity wander for Scires is a style of its own.
Tart with tons of cherry flavor.
Nice light tartness.