...and what saison doesn't bring us jolly?
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If you'd ever been accosted by me in Das Cooler, I would have preached to you about the assurance that you can grab any beer by certain "races" of people, for example, the Québécois, and you will enjoy them. Trust me. <Wink Wink> You can grab any brew off the shelf by Les Trois Mousquetaires, Dieu du Ciel or Le Trou du Diable (all from Quebec), and you will have a world class beer in your hand that you should enjoy immensely. Well, the Nords are the same — Nøgne Ø & HaandBryggeriet (Haand) from Norway, and Mikkeller & Evil Twin from Denmark.
Wikipedia describes the German Rauchbier style as:
"Smoked beer (German: Rauchbier) is a type of beer with a distinctive smoke flavour imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame. The Rauchbiers of Bamberg in Germany, Schlenkerla in particular, are the best-known of the smoked beers."
And RateBeer lists the commercial description of Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock as:
"(First tapping every first Thursday of October) A smoked bock beer for Bamberg’s strong beer season (October through December). Matured for months in ancient rock-cellars underneath Bamberg and tapped freshly from the oakwood cask. Similar to, but much bigger than the classic Maerzen style."
Perhaps I am biased by my high regard for Schlenkerla brews, but I cannot agree more with the nearly 1,300 RateBeer raters who have, on average, given Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock an overall rating of 99/100. You need to know that I have a penchant for "big," richly flavoured, dark beers with a higher ABV. I also LOVE smokey beers. Well, this delight has moved to number 1 on my smoked beer list!
I just looked up the RateBeer rating page for Howe Sound's Troller Bay Ale. There are not enough ratings yet for it to have a rating, as yet, but the Commercial Description actually, as a beer geek, choked me up. I'm taking the liberty of publishing same here for (hopefully) your edification.
November 15th 2012: The next time you open up a Hop Box, you may notice something slightly different about the seasonal IPA inside. No, you haven't entered the Twilight Zone, we just mistakenly glued 800 Chinook Grow Hop IPA labels onto our bottles upside down.
Saint Brews has opened up the flood gates of celestial brews! Christian Finz of the illustrious Craft beer agency has brought us some of the beers of Nøgne Ø, the Norwegian brewery who enjoys the same stellar brewing heights as world renowned gypsy brewer, Mikkel Bjergsø (Mikkeller)!
We're getting a bunch of ridiculously amazing brews from Belgium & France this coming Tuesday, July 3rd, through our good friend, Michael Tessier of Artisan Ales. Here's the email note Michael sent to me...
"Now to the big news. We added four amazing breweries from Belgium and France which are now available. Here is a brief overview of each brewery:
Our very own Dave Scott will be hosting a wheat beer tasting on Wednesday, April 18th at 7:30PM. Tickets are $20, and seating can be reserved/prepaid by phone (780.461.0191). There are a maximum of 20 seats so reserve early.
The featured beers will be:
Hopefully I can just whip this off <sigh><wishful thingking>!