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Ommegang Game of Thrones Fire and Blood
Named after the motto of House Targaryen, Fire and Blood is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. To celebrate the rebirth of dragons, three different labels were created by the Game of Thrones visual effects specialists, each depicting one of Daenerys' feared dragons.
Fire and Blood has a deep, dark red hue with a persistent, creamy off-white head. Aromas of ripe fruit, raisins, malt and slight spice, followed by a slightly floral and spicy hop character. A fruity, sweetish malt taste gives way to faint drying provided by the hops and rye. Underlying flavors of raisin and prune from the ancho chilies give way to a balanced malty and spicy finish.
La Trappe Oak Aged Quadruple
What happens when you take La Trappe Quadrupel and age it in a variety of oak barrels? You get a beer that is complex, beautiful, sophisticated and very, very limited.
The brewers at La Trappe use barrels previously used for wine, port, whisky, and sherry to impart a broad range of flavors and then blend these beers together at bottling to make a unique expression of Quadrupel, never to be repeated.
98 points ratebeer.com. 95 points Beeradvocate.com
La Trappe Jubilaris
Limited Release: One Time Only
Brewed to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Abbot Dom Bernardus. Incorporating elements of his two favorite La Trappe beers—Dubbel and Isid'or—Jubilaris is malty, mild and fruity with a dark amber color.
It will not be brewed again.
St. Feuillien Speciale
Speciale is the pinnacle of the brewing art at St. Feuillien. It’s brewed in the middle of the year, aged for a minimum of 6 weeks in cold tanks and then bottle conditioned in the warm room for 2 more weeks. The result is a beer that has clean, delicious flavor and a beautiful, elegant condition. Carbonation is fine, the foam collar is creamy.
Speciale is dark brown, very full bodied and very flavorful. Aromas and flavors of fig, date and currants mingle with allspice, cinnamon and cocoa on the palate and in the nose.
97 points Ratebeer.com
St. Feuillien Belgian Coast IPA
This latest collaboration with Green Flash Brewing is a delicious blend of New World IPA and Belgian tradition. Nice spicy aroma of Belgian yeast, clove, citrus hops, fairly complex stone and tropical fruit.
90 points Ratebeer.com
North Coast Le Merle Saison
A rustic ale, pale in color, inspired by the rich brewing traditions of the Flanders region. Abundant hops and a Belgian yeast strain contribute exotic aromas af tropical fruit.
96 points Ratebeer.com
Today, Tuesday March 4th, is Mardi Gras!!! We will be celebrating all night with more music by The Number Ones, beads for everyone (no need to embarrass yourselves), killer beers and great Cajun and Creole food. Get on down and enjoy this traditional day of eating and drinking.
Every year we are asked what day of the week Mardi Gras is on. Well, Mardi Gras actually translates to Fat Tuesday. Notice the key usage of the word Tuesday. This means that the holiday occurs on TUESDAY not Friday or Saturday. Of course in Utah we find ourselves celebrating Cinco de Mayo on whatever Saturday or Friday is closest to the Fifth; Independence day on the 4th unless it is a Sunday and then we go to Friday or Saturday using some method I have no understanding of. Same with Halloween where kids use the whole weekend if it falls on a Sunday. At The Bayou we will always celebrate Mardi Gras properly on Tuesday.
Anyway, getting that rant out of my system, Mardi Gras is a day of celebration in Anglican and Catholic traditions, the last day of eating rich, fatty food and drinking before the fasting of the Lenten season which begins on Ash Wednesday (the day after Mardi Gras). While many consider the whole period of festivities leading up to that special Tuesday as "Mardi Gras" really is it more appropriate to call that time Carnival.
If you have ever wondered how the date is calculated (considering that it seems to swing wildly from year to year) here is the forumla: Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter. Easter is the Sunday following the full moon following the vernal equinox. However, the vernal equinox and full moon are not determined astronomically (that would make too much sense) but a theoretical model called the Ecclesiastical Full Moon is used. It is long and convoluted process with differences depending on which orthodox group you follow. You can read the whole messy system on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computus