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Holiday Beer List 2009
HOLIDAY SEASONAL EXCLUSIVES
What more is there to say but The Bayou's holiday beers are here!!! Check out this years list. There are a few other secrets items but you'll have to ask about those in person (if there are any left).
Ølfabrikken Kloster Jul
Ølfabrikken (The Beer Factory) is a small experimental brewery on the vibrant Danish beer scene. Kloster Jul is a dark and hoppy Christmas Ale brewed with large quantities of American Chinook hops and wonderfully spiced with coriander and cinnamon.
Mikkeller Santa's Helper
Mikkeller was named Danish Brewery of the Year by the association of Danish Beer Enthusiasts and the fifth best brewery in the world by the international beer website RateBeer.com. 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.
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.
De Ranke Pere Noel
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..
De La Senne Xmas Zinnebir
Belgium's newest, perhaps smallest, and most fiercely principled brewers in Belgium. They represent the small, artisanal breweries that are the heart and soul of Belgian brewing. A tough and dedicated brewery that isn't afraid to make a bold statement. De Ranke. Zinnebir is a very hoppy, powerful amber beer and extremely rare and very limited.
Serafijn Christmas Angel
A tiny Belgian brewery wedged into a crowded garage on a quiet street in a small Flemish town. Started by a 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.
A deep blonde abbey-style trippel that has been aged for 8 months over different stone fruits. Tsjeeses was born out of a 5 year brew experience regarding x-mas beer without being capable of finding a suitable name up to now. With the name came a face, a caricature actually, that was drawn on the day Urbain, the brew master and master brewer, drank one too many Tsjeeses's. Every time he drinks one, he says “Tsjeeses, what a beer”. Therefore the name is more of an expression of stupefaction than a curse. There are many discussions about the pronunciation of “Tsjeeses”. Very close would be that you say “cheeses” or cheese in plural.
“Don't f**k with the Tsjeeses.” --Coen Brothers, Big Lebowski
This holiday beer comes from Brasserie Duyck, in the tiny agricultural town of Jenlain, in the northeast of France, quite near the Belgian border. The brewery was founded in 1922 and is now on the fourth generation of family brewers. Famous for their Saison style Farmhouse ales, Jenlain's holiday beer has a rich full sweetness with a twinge of orange peel. A great dark holiday ale.
The Delirium line of beers, produced by the Huyghe brewery in Belgium, are one of The Bayou's most popular beers. The pink elephants offer you a special high alcohol amber colored spicy beer. Triple fermented with a refermentation in the bottle, Delirium Noel with warm you up very nicely during our long winter.
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.
Old England meets the new world in this strong, warming winter IPA.
Very Bad Elf
A Special Old Ale brewed from a 1795 recipe using specially-grown ingredients.
Seriously Bad Elf
An English Double Ale with a bit of Belgian character. Unique for the U.K.
Criminally Bad Elf
A boffo Barley Wine. Same basic recipe as Thomas Hardy's Ale.
Insanely Bad Elf
Billed as an Imperial Red Ale this is a gorgeous and tasty beer.
A stronger brown ale with more hops than you'd expect.
Strong porter. The original name for porter was Entire Butt, meaning the whole barrel.
Amber, spiced Christmas Ale.
A golden amber, hop-accented, English “winter warmer” brewed without spices.
MORE WINTER SEASONALS
Anderson Valley Winter Solstice
Big Sky Powderhound
Full Sail Wassail
Full Sail Wreck the Halls
Samuel Smiths Winter Welcome