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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

New Beers!

Beer Here (Denmark)

Danish brewing legend Christian Skovdal Andersen was the founder and artistic force behind Ølfabrikken, until the brewery fell on some hard times. That didn’t stop Christian. After some saving and planning, he has now founded his own company, Beer Here, and the beer world is already talking about his new brews.

Hopticulus 9.0% ABV 500 ml 15-

Hoptilicus is a barleywine hopped like a double IPA. The idea was to make a strong complex ale show casing both the hops and malts while retaining drinkability from the use of Danish beet sugar which ferments away leaving only alcohol drying the beer out. The label is inspired by a famous Danish B-movie from the 50’es.

Kremlin Crude (Russian Imperial Stout) 10.0% 500 ml 16-

The vinous, rich nose is layered with malt, coffee, roasted grains and pungent smoke. Toffee from the malt and alcohol build to meet the hops, then the flavours melt together with Islay whiskey and dark sultana raisins.

Rye Hopper 9.0% ABV 500 ml 15-

Called Hopfix in some markets, Rye Hopper started as a home brew recipe when Christian, founder of Beerhere started home brewing in the nineties. Wanting to brew a beer with rye, which is a stable grain of Danish cuisine he turned to the Internet and found a recipe from Denny Conn, award winning home brewer from Oregon. After brewing in the kitchen for a few years Christian started a brewery where the recipe lived on for a number of years as Ølfabrikken Rug IPA. When starting Beerhere in 2008, Hopfix would be one of the first beers to be brewed. In the intervening years the recipe has been continually modified but in its heart is it still based on Denny Rye IPA.

SoD (Baltic Porter) 7.5% ABV 500 ml 15-

Full of dark chocolate, cocoa, carmel, figs and black fruit flavors. Full body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel.  An amazing example of this rare beer style.

 

Other New Beers

Mikkeller SpontanCherry Frederiksdal (Belgium) 8.2% ABV 375 ml 22-

Mikkeller gets a little sour. SpontanCherry is an oak aged sour ale by the Danish gypsy brewery. Frederiksdal refers to the estate from which the beer gets its sour cherries.

Mikkeller SpontanNoble (Belgium) 8.2% ABV 375 ml 22-

This Belgian Gueze style beer is aged in Sauternes Wine Barrels giving it an amazing wine/grape character which blends extremely well with the sour/tart gueze.

Mikkeller AK Alive (USA) 8.0% ABV 750 ml 19-

Only 1300 cases of this sour/wild ale by Mikkeller was Brewed at Anchorage Brewing Company. Based on Mikkeller's Wild Ale It's Alive, this beer has probably the strongest Funky Brettanomyces character of any of our wild beers. For fans of wild/funky beers only.

Christoffel Nobel (Netherlands) 8.7% ABV 330 ml 11-

This Imperial Pilsner/Strong Pale Lager is dry-hopped with Brambling Cross.  91 points at ratebeer.com. We were only able to get 2 cases this time around.

Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap (Belgium) 8.1% ABV 330 ml 7-

Slaapmutske literally means ‘Sleeping Cap,’ (and, as an extension, ‘nightcap’) in Flemish. The name came about a few years ago when brewer Dany de Smet and his lovely wife, Marleen, were trying to soothe their crying baby, Jonas. When all else failed, Dany hit on the idea of giving the lad a short lick of a finger dipped into a glass of one of Dany’s beers. And with that, young Jonas was out like a light. Marleen declared the beer to be a real ‘slaapmutske,’ and thus, a brewery was born.

Fantome Saison (Belgium) 8.1% ABV 750 ml 22-

This is a tremendously delicious, textural, and fizzy county ale, bright gold color, citric and sour, reminiscent of a good champagne or lambic but in a class all its own.

Fantôme – Golden ale, 8% alc. by volume, with a wonderfully musty and characterful aroma. There are many drinkers out there who believe this is the “Nectar of the Gods.” Certainly no other brewer makes beer like this, in Belgium or anywhere. How many beers of 8% plus offer such fresh fruitiness? A solid Belgian saison beer at its base, with an unusual overlay of fruitiness.

Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noir (USA) 4.3% ABV 750 ml 22-

Dark, smooth, delicious. Aromas of worn leather and cool autumn nights. Notes of sweet plum and toasted raisin, hints of coffee and cacao. Lingering tart and refreshing finish.

Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calababaza (USA) 7.5% ABV 750 ml 22-

Brewed in the Franco-Belgian tradition of strong golden ales. Spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet and the beguiling influence of wild yeast.


If you ever reach total enlightenment while drinking beer, I bet it makes beer shoot out your nose.
-- Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy

To Øl beers now at The Bayou!

The latest brewery to hit the Bayou's coolers is To Øl. To Øl is a gypsy brewing co, which means that they are a bunch of cheap ass deadbeats who don't even own their own brewing equipment ;-) That hasn't stopped them for landing a listing in the 2013 Top 50 breweries in the world on Ratebeer.com though. And our initial tasting of the three beers of theirs we now have has made us believers.

We have the following To Øl beers right now:
Sleep Over Coffee IIPA - http://bit.ly/16YlYGp
Mocchachino Messiah - http://bit.ly/14eDWBU
Ov-Ral Wild IIPA - http://bit.ly/19emHaK

Check out their really interesting history on their web site and try their beer in Utah exclusively at The Bayou.

http://to-ol.dk/home/?page_id=6

Boulevard Rye-on-Rye

Why did Boulevard make a Rye? This assertively flavorful grain is more often associated with whiskey than with ales. Even in that arena, it has largely been eclipsed by corn and barley, the sources of bourbon and scotch. But when they procured some seasoned barrels from distiller Templeton Rye, they asked themselves, “Why not?” or "Rye Not?" haha.

Anyway, why not brew a rich, tawny rye ale, then mellow it in the warmth of charred oak rye whiskey casks? Two kinds of malted rye provide spicy sweetness, giving way to notes of caramelized wood and the citrusy tang of Perle, Magnum, and Saphir hops before easing into a dry, lingering finish.

Ratebeer.com gives this one a solid 99 points. I simply say that it is amazing. At 11+%ABV it is one to share though.

Deschutes Black Butte XXIII

Deschutes Black Butte porter is always a favorite. Nice roast and chocolate notes. Well, Deschutes decided that on their birthday each year they would release an imperial version of this already wonderful porter.

This years release XXIII is most certainly the best version we have ever had: Orange zest from Seville spanish oranges, artisinal chocolate nibs from Theo and Pasilla Negra Chillies fill your mouth with such amazing flavors that you not want to put this beer down. The 11% ABV however might just put YOU down.

Deschutes' The Stoic

Deschutes Brewery’s newest enterprise, The Stoic, a Belgian-style Quadruple, has finally arrived! Its five year odyssey from experimental beer to coveted Reserve Series eminence is complete.

"The finest Belgian brewing philosophies have inspired this contribution to the American Quadruple scene, mingling the four virtues of compelling ingredients, nuanced flavor, sound body, and a composed harmony. The Stoic requires discovery of the truth of the matter."

Deschutes brewers describe a simple recipe ironically hard to brew. The classic malt bill is all Pilsner malt. Hallartau, Czech Saaz, and Northern Brewer hops sustain a deftly understated flavor. Belgian candy sugars add impact and the smooth body required of any Belgian-style brew worth quaffing. A healthy portion of pomegranate molasses casts an opulent, tangy twist, while a vintage Belgian yeast strain provides a solid reference point. Pinot Noir and Rye Whiskey barrel-aging suggest notes of spice, citrus, pepper, vanilla, and toasted caramel like offerings to the ancients.

"Like the ancients, we employ reason to live well. Reason demands truth. Truth invites experience. Unraveling the intricacies of The Stoic reveals a determined pursuit of that spirited endeavor. Ergo…it is very reasonable to live well when experiencing The Stoic."

Mikkeller Barrel Aged Chipotle Porter (Texas Ranger)

We just received this amazing new beer from Mikkeller.
This porter has a full roasted malt flavor with the traditional chocolate and roast coffee notes. Add to that wonderful hints of vanilla and a slight smoke character from the chipotle finishing with an amazing chili flavor with very low heat.  Mikkeller then took this already great beer and aged it in Speyside whisky barrels to add just that extra bit of complexity. A new favorite from one of my favorite breweries.
Don't just take my word for it though.
Ratebeer.com gives it 99 out of 100 points
Beer Advocate gives it an A-
375 ml 6.6% ABV  21.00

Brew Dog Dogma

Our latest beer to arrive from BrewDog is Dogma. This crazy beer is brewed with guarana, poppy seeds and kola nut all blended together with Scottish heather honey. A conspiracy of transcontinental ingredients infused with some devastatingly BrewDog imaginative thinking.

Dogma was originally named Speedball after it's unique concotion of stimulants and depressants.  The Kola Nut and Guruana are stimulants and the hops and poppy depressants. The TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) however nixed the name Speedball quite quickly.  So, upon U.S. soil it is now called Dogma. If you don't get the name change think about it for a while (oh, and don't forget to vote).

Only 60 bottles of Dogma arrived at The Bayou's so don't wait too long to give it a try. 

New Beer from Epic

Epic BBBEpic BBBEpic has just released their latest new beers. I know, I know... it's beer hours at least since Epic released a new beer.  JK guys ;-)

#1 on the new releases is the Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout.  Perhaps you remember the Jack Mormon Stout they recently released. Quite tasty and apparenty too offensive to actually sell in the state liquor stores.  Well, proving that they are equal opportunity offenders, here comes the Baptist.

At 11.7% ABV  this Imperial Stout is flavored with coffee and cocoa nibs and aged in bourbon barrels. 

 

 

 

Also arriving today is Epic's Pro-Am beer Festivious Scotch Ale.  Brewed in colaboration with local homebrewer Mike Hahn (long time friend of The Bayou and Beer Nut's Mark Alston) this  Scotch Ale should be great. 

If you are not familiar with the Pro-Am beers here's the scoop.  The Great American Beer Festival has introduced a new category in their competition for beers brewed using a local homebrewers recipe with that homebrewer.  Several local breweries have jumped in to this program and have produced some amazing beers.  We still have Uinta's Schwartz Pro-Am beer which was brewed withTravis Grimm's.

New Beers!

We have three new beers!

Pikes Brewing IPA
Pikes Brewing Ould Bawdy
Pikes Brewing XXXXX Stout. (Two X's better than other events involving X's.)

We also just got back in all the Bear Republic Beers. There are icing down and should be ready shortly.

Happy snowy beer day!

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