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Holiday Beers 2014!

The Bayou's 2014 Holiday Beers now Available

Our 2014 holiday beer order has arrived. Supplies of all these beers 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. 

In addition to the beers on this list there are 16 other holiday and seasonal ales available now.

Beer Name Country ABV Size Price
Mikkeller Hoppin Loving Christmas Belgium 7.8% 750 ml 23.50  
  Has been described as having “a brutal level of hoppiness, without being overly bitter.” Mikkeller has managed to give this beer and intense hop flavor without the usual bitterness. A perfect hint of ginger adds an amazing spice character.
Mikkeller Winbic Belgium 7.8% 750 ml 25.75  
  This Sour/Wild ale is a very special blend of Spontan Ale and Saison. If you are not a sour/wild ale fan, give this one a pass and leave it for those who are.

 

Mikkeller Santa's Helper Belgium 11.0% 750 ml 25-
  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.
Kerkom Winterkoninkske Belgium 8.3% 330 ml 9.25

 
The ‘Winterkoninkske’ or Winter King is the ideal beer to make a cold and chilly winter evening pleasant. The ingredients are: seven types of malt (among which rolled oats), two belgian types of hop, brewing liqour and yeast. This winter beer is a dark and heartwarming beer with a pure, sugary flavour and a long, bitter aftertaste.
Kerkom Bink Grand Cru Belgium 13.0% 750 ml 29.75
A limited luxury edition of Winterkoninkske but refermented with champagne yeast. An extra strong holiday dark beer. 98 Points on Ratebeer.com
To Øl Santastique Denmark 10.0% 750 ml 21.75
  Belgian Strong Ale. It's Santastique
To Øl Frost Bites IPA Denmark 10.0% 500 ml 15.75
  This holiday IPA is brewed with orange peel and pine needles giving a nice citrus notes with an almost breath mint like finish. Some detect dandelions and spruce.
Thiriez Bière de Noël France 6.0% 330 ml 8.50
  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.
Serafijn Christmas Angel Belgium 8.0% 330 ml 8.50
  A tiny Belgian brewery wedged into a crowded garage on a quiet street in a small Flemish town. Started by an ex music teacher, Achilles Van de Moer, makes simple, honest beers and takes as his symbol the Seraph, a six-winged high angel of heaven. A hearty amber brew, well-balanced and warming with just the right spirit.
De Ranke Pere Noel Belgium 7.0% 330 ml 8.50
  The De Ranke brewers make small batches of what many consider the best specialty beers of Belgium. Their beers are robust and flavorful, and famous for their massive hoppiness. With incredibly small production, The Bayou is extremely lucky to get their beers. Pere Noel defies the usual holiday beer custom. It has a gorgeous cellar aroma with a distinctive hoppy dryness. A true Champagne of beers.
Au Baron Saison St. Medard Cuvee de Noel Belgium 7.0% 750 ml 19.75
  From a tiny brewpub just across the border from Belgium, this beer straddles the line between Saison and Biere de Garde.
La Choulette de Noel France 6.8% 750 ml 18.75
  Dark, rich, and hearty ale with a spicy, champagne-like aroma, from a tiny antique brewery.
Bourganel Biere aux Marrons (Chestnuts) France 5.0% 330 ml 8.50
  Chestnuts. Roasting. Open fire. Jacques Frost. This Chestnut brew is unlike anything we have received before.

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 11-
  An English Double Ale with a bit of Belgian character. Unique for the U.K.
Criminally Bad Elf UK 10.5% 500 ml 11-
  A boffo Barley Wine. Same basic recipe as Thomas Hardy's Ale.
Insanely Bad Elf UK 12.0% 330 ml 7.75
  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.
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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Green Flash Beers have arrived!

Based in San Diego, CA, Green Flash has made quite an impression on the beer world. Their incredibly hoppy beers are some of the highest rated on Ratebeer.com.

West Coast IPA 95 Ibu's 8.1% ABV

As craft beer pioneers, Green Flash embarked on an expedition to brew the benchmark West Coast IPA. They ventured into the unknown and struck gold, discovering a tantalizing menagerie of hops. Simcoe for tropical and grapefruit zest, Columbus for hop pungency, Centennial for pine notes, Citra for citrus zest, and Cascade for floral aroma are layered throughout the brewing process. 98 points on Ratebeer.com

Road Warrior (Imperial/Double IPA) 80 Ibu's 9.0% ABV

Hop on and enjoy the rye of your life! Green Flash's imperial rye IPA is brewed with Columbus and Mosaic hops, rich crystal and spicy rye malts. Mosaic and Amarillo dry hopping boldly shines through in the finish. 98 points on Ratebeer.com

Hop Head Red (Double Red IPA) 70 Ibu's 8.1% ABV

A luscious beauty, Hop Head Red® exudes resinous hoppy qualities from Amarillo, Warrior and Nugget to overtake the full-bodied depths of a caramel malt base. Captivating and seductive floral aromas and alluring hop flavors are the result of dry hopping with mountains of Amarillo. 95 points on Ratebeer.com

Green Bullet 100+ Ibu's 10.1% ABV 

New Zealand grown Pacific Gem and Green Bullet hops combine to create this adventurous Triple IPA. Green Bullet leaps onto your palate with bold, spicy pine and citrus flavors including tropical notes of mango and pineapple. 98 points Ratebeer.com

Imperial IPA 101 Ibu's 9.0% ABV

Reaching new heights, the mountains of Summit and Nugget hops in this intense high gravity Imperial IPA will thrill even the extreme beer adventurer. Unearth savory pine, evergreen and pineapple aromas and experience the colossal rush of a hoppy adventure. 99 points on Ratebeer.com

Double Stout 45 Ibu's 8.8% ABV

Green Flash explored 19th Century British Stout recipes, then charted a fresh course to land on a modern American version of the old-world classic. Their Double Stout encompasses the very best of both worlds. Golden naked oats, dark crystal and roasted malt offer a luscious balance of bittersweet chocolate and hints of coffee. 99 points on Ratebeer.com

New Beers

Brouwerij The Musketeers
Troubadour Beers

Brouwerij The Musketters was founded in 2000 by 4 brew-engineers, after being graduated from KaHo St. Lieven in Gent, the best known brewing school of Flanders. Their names: Kristof De Roo, Rikkert Maertens, Stefaan Soetemans and Sven Suys. Just out of University, it was soon pretty clear to them that brew-master jobs are not easy to find in the Belgian beer world. Family traditions and brewing secrets are kept closely guarded within the brewing family. Like the real French Musketeers of the 18th century, the 4 friends bundled their enthusiasm and efforts, and created “the Musketeers brewing company.”

Troubadour Magma

Troubadour Magma is an amber colored beer with the bitterness of an American IPA but balanced with the fruitiness of a Belgian Triple. A Triple IPA if you will. Czech bittering hops with Simcoe for Dry-hopping giving an explosion of fruity aromas.

97 points ratebeer.com.

Troubadour Westkust

Troubadour 'Westkust' is a dark, almost black beer with a hoppy aroma, roasted malt, coffee and light notes of chocolate and vanilla. The taste is a balance between the taste of roasted malt and coffee followed by a strong but pleasant bitterness that slowly gets the upper hand and ensures a long hoppy finish. A great Belgian Black IPA.

97 points ratebeer.com

Troubadour Obscura

Troubadour Obscura is a dark red-brown colored beer, with a rich, malty body combined with different touches of a stout but in a very nice balanced way: roast, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. A mild stout with a Belgian body.

96 points ratebeer.com.

De Brabandere Petrus Beers

The De Brabandere Brewery produces a fabulous range of specialty beers under the brand name Petrus. Each of these high fermentation beers reflects the brewing artistry of the master brewers. The whole Petrus family is renowned both nationally and internationally and can be classed without a doubt as the height of beer brewing.

Petrus Aged Pale

This beer has an old gold to bronze color, rather than the burgundy more common in the breweries of West Flanders. This is the ‘mother beer,’ used in various quantities to blend with the other Petrus beers, and to give them their unique and very distinctive taste. This mother beer is rather sour with a bite like the best Brut Champagnes. Aged 24-36 months in oak. A connoisseur’s delight! The only one of its kind on the U.S. market.

96 points ratebeer.com.

Petrus Dubble Bruin

Petrus Dubbel Bruin Ale is a top-fermented dark beer with a subtle and slightly carmelized flavor. Brewed with pure spring water and carefully selected hops and malts.

Poperings Hommelbier

For many centuries the Southern part of West-Flanders has been known as an Agricultural region, with a solid reputation for its grains and also for the hops.

During World War I the entire region around Ieper was completely bombarded to the ground. Life as they knew it, and all economical and agricultural activities came to an end.

Shortly after the great war, with a lot of hard work, people rebuilt the area and after a while hops were replanted in the Poperinge region. Very soon they were able to harvest the hops (hops is called hommel in the Flanders dialect) and the production and export started again.

Every 3 years the city of Poperinge has a Hops procession, and by the end of the 70’s they decided that they were looking for a worthy ambassador to represent the hops culture. Combining all his knowledge and craftsmanship Karel Leroy introduced in 1981 poperings hommelbier, that immediately shook the Beer world.

This refreshing gold colored ale has a honeysuckle sweetness that is nicely balanced by a full solid hops bill. It also has a late, spicy, cumin-seed, dryness, that amazingly enough never gives you a dry after mouth feeling.

92 points Ratebeer.com

Scotch Silly

Brasserie de Silly, a sixth generation independent family brewer, is located South West of Brussels in the Hainaut Province of Wallonia. Silly is a little dormant farming village just outside the old city of Enghien, which was once world famous for its tapestries. Larger farms used to have their own brewery up to well into the 20th century.

The written history of the Brasserie de Silly starts in 1852, when Nicolas Meynsbrughen bought the farm and started to keep records on his brewing activities. All farming activities were ended around 1950, when the focus turned to brewing quality beers.

The velvety mouth feel, the darker red-ruby color, and the licorice undertones are typical for a real Scotch Ale. Candy sugar is added with the yeast in the bottle, and in the keg, for the refermentation. It offers a finely wooded nose hinting at hazelnut, and is therefore distinct from traditional British scotches. It has a more rounded taste letting a discreetly full-bodied bitterness come to the fore.

90 points Ratebeer.com

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