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Urthel Samaranth Quadrinium

Urthel Samaranth 12 Quadrium Ale is perhaps the most undiscovered gem on our beer menu. Dusky, light brown in color with a slightly off-white foam. In the nose, it's sweet and faintly spicy with notes of dried fruit, nuts, chocolate and marzipan.

On the palate, it's big and bold, massively malty and slightly warming from the 11.5% alcohol by volume. It is long and shockingly dry in the finish.

RateBeer.com gives Samaranth 96 out of 100 points while Beer Advocate gives it a solid A-.

While not technically brewed for the holidays, this malty quad is a perfect warming beer for these colder winter days.

300ml  9-

Red Rock Secale and Dogfish Head Life and Limb

Two new beers have arrived at The Bayou.
The first on our list is Red Rock Brewing's Secale.
Se-cal-le, Latin for rye, is a German style double bock brewed with this all too underappreciate grain, then lagered in High West Rye Whiskey barrels for 6 months. This unique brew, developed by Red Rock head brewer Kevin Templin and High West distiller Brendan Coyle is the first collaboration
between the two since working together at Red Rock in 2006.
The second beer is a colaboration brew between Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada called Life and Limb.
Life & Limb is a 10% ABV strong, dark beer brewed using pure maple syrup from Massachusetts and bottle conditioned using birch syrup from Alaska.

2011 Holiday Beers now Available

Rare and Limited Holiday Beers

Nearly all of our 2011 holiday beer order has arrived. We are  still awaiting delivery on four of them but they should be arriving soon. Supplies are limited and we will not be able to place another order until next year so don't wait too long to give them a try.

Beer Name Country ABV Size Price
Ølfabrikken Kloster Jul Denmark 8.0% 650 ml 15-  
Kloster Jul
 
Ølfabrikken (The Beer Factory) is a small experimental brewery on the vibrant Danish beer scene. Kloster Jul is a hoppy Christmas Ale brewed with large quantities of American Chinook hops and wonderfully spiced with coriander and cinnamon.
Mikkeller Santa's Helper Belgium 11.0% 750 ml 21-
  Coming Soon
An 11% Belgian quadruple style ale. Delicious with big flavors of cookie dough, chocolate, figs and spice. The addition of actual cocoa powder makes this one incredibly special.
Mikkeller From/To Belgium 8.0% 750 ml 21-
  The dedicated guys at Mikkeller have simply outdone themselves with this holiday version of a Baltic Porter. Earthy and hoppy with hits of coffee, dark fruit and a full roastiness. A great example of the new hoppy Belgian artisan beer movement.
Struise Tsjeeses Belgium 10.0% 330 ml 14-
  Coming Soon
A deep blonde abbey-style trippel that has been aged for 8 months over different stone fruits. Once you try one you too will say “Tsjeeses, what a beer”.
  “Don't f**k with the Tsjeeses.” --Coen Brothers, Big Lebowski
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva Belgium 10.0% 330 ml 16-
  Coming Soon
Apparently Struise decided to f**k with the Tsjeeses. They took 4 barrels of Tsjeeses and gave it a 6 month aging on oak. How we managed to get some is still a mystery.
Thiriez Bière de Noël France 6.0% 330 ml 8-
  A beautiful red-gold wheat beer, with quite subtle all-spice and orange peel added. A slightly tart and quite refreshing festive brew. Champagne for the true beer lover.
Fantome Noël Belgium 6.0% 330 ml 22-
  A very dark and entirely unique holiday seasonal beer, at a whopping 10% alc. by volume. Reportedly spiced with honey, caramel, coriander, black pepper, and other secret ingredients.
La Choulette de Noël France 7.0% 750 ml 20-
La Choulette de Noel
Stronger, fuller flavored version of the classic bière de garde. The New York Times anointed this beer the ultimate bière de garde, and rightly so. It’s a rich, rare treat from one of France’s old guard craft breweries.

Ridgeway Holiday Beers

The Ridgeway Brewery is named for the oldest road in the British Isles and Europe, running nearly 100 miles, past that other ancient landmark, Stonehenge. It is now only passable by foot.

Bad Elf UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  Old England meets the new world in this strong, warming winter IPA.
Very Bad Elf UK 7.5% 500 ml 10-
  A Special Old Ale brewed from a 1795 recipe using specially-grown ingredients.
Seriously Bad Elf UK 9.0% 500 ml 10-
  An English Double Ale with a bit of Belgian character. Unique for the U.K.
Criminally Bad Elf UK 10.5% 500 ml 11-
  Coming Soon
A boffo Barley Wine. Same basic recipe as Thomas Hardy's Ale.
Insanely Bad Elf UK 12.0% 330 ml 9-
  Coming Soon
Billed as an Imperial Red Ale this is a gorgeous and tasty beer.
Warm Welcome UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  A stronger brown ale with more hops than you'd expect.
Santa's Butt UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-
  Strong porter. The original name for porter was Entire Butt, meaning the whole barrel.
Pickled Santa UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  Amber, spiced Christmas Ale.
Lump of Coal UK 8.0% 500 ml 11-
  Liquid consolation for a depressing holiday. Considering how bad you have been, this 8% bittersweet chocolate stout is more than you deserve.
Reindeer's Revolt UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-

 
A golden amber, hop-accented, English “winter warmer” brewed without spices.
Reindeer Droppings UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-
  Falling from the sky like little bombs of flavour come the Reindeer Droppings! Each one is sweet like California raisins, but bitter and pungent like a freshly peeled grapefruit, lip-smackingly tasty...then 'pow!' it's gone.

What the hell are you doing still reading this?!?!? There are beers to be consumed!

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