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Brew Review : New Belgium Brewing Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel Heavenly Feijoa Tripel

Country: United States
Distillery: New Belgium Brewing
Bottler: New Belgium Brewing
Distillation Date: January, 2013
Style: Tripel
Bottling Date: Unknown
Alcohol: 9.4% ABV
Price:

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Behind The Booze:

Every now and then I will go out of my way and ‘read a book by its cover’ so to speak and grab a beer I may not normally gravitate towards but that has some ‘cool’ or ‘fun’ packaging. The ( wait for this name… ) New Belgium Brewing BRasserie Dieu Du Ciel Heavenly Feijoa Tripel fits right into this category. The large bottle carries this ‘chaotic’ scene of cars, buildings and bicycles with wings and although not much information was given about the brew on the bottle – I figured what the hell, it looks cool.

Taken from their site – “Heavenly Feijoa Tripel combines Dieu du Ciel!’s love of hibiscus flowers with New Belgium’s passion for strange and worldly fruit. Feijoa, also known as pineapple guava, has a sweet, aromatic flavor, which makes the aroma of Heavenly Feijoa Tripel luscious and tropical. The beer has Belgian yeast and Nelson Sauvin hops, combining to make a sweet fruit taste, mild spicy tones and a sharp bite. Hibiscus adds a cranberry tartness and an ambrosial quality to the color.” Onto the damn review!

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Brew Review : 4 Hands Brewing Contact High

Country: United States
Bottler: 4 Hands Brewery
Distillation Date: Unknown
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Alcohol: 5.00% ABV
Price:

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Behind The Booze:

You knew I had to pick another St. Louis brewery for this weeks Brew Review! 4 Hands Brewing has come out with some ‘unique’ and almost borderline exotic types of brews over the years and the Contact High is no different. Taken from their site “Contact High is our summer seasonal inspired by the American craft movement. We made this wheat ale exciting by adding pacific northwest hops and dry hopping with orange zest. Contact high pours a bright orange hue with a bit citrus aroma. Citrus zest + hops + wheat = summer”. With a description like that – not much else to say. Onto the review!

4 Hands Brewing - Contact High - poured

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Schlafly Weizen Bock

Country: United Stated
Distillery: Schlafly Tap Room
Bottler: Schlafly
Style: Weizenbock
Alcohol: 8% ABV
Price: ~ $7.00

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Behind The Booze:

For those of us in St. Louis – there is a brewery that not only produces great beer, but is a staple for quite a few restaurants and bars in the area – regardless of it seeming to be a ‘normal’ staple in the area. Well – one even more ‘niche’ aspect of the St. Louis area is a grocery store called Schnucks and to narrow it down even more, there is a specific store that is named ‘Culinaria’ ( located in Downtown St. Louis ) that carried this special brew. I was lucky enough to find this in the local Schuncks by my house – but – enough of the rambling, onto the review!

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Boulevard Brewing Co. – Long Strange Tripel

Country: United States – Kansas City, Missouri
Distillery: Boulevard Brewing Co
Style: American Tripel
Alcohol: 9.20% ABV
Price: ~ $7.00 a Pint

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Behind The Booze:

You know – now that I am starting to get into these brew reviews it becomes more and more clear that there is an entire world out there in respect to the different ingredients, methods and of course – the types. I could go into the long schpeal about how the Tripel is a type of beer that came about from the post World War II recipe that the Tappist monasteries had used for Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the town of Wesmalle – the strong, healthy, golden liquid we now consider – a Tripel. But – I am not here to give you all a history lesson the same as I wont tell you all the background on Ale, Porter, IPA, etc… so, research and what not.

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4 Hands Brewing Co – Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown

Country: United Stated – St. Louis Missouri
Bottler: 4 Hands Brewery
Style: Oatmeal Ale
Bottling Date: unknown
Alcohol: 5.5% ABV
Price: Forgot to check

Four Hands Brewery Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown

Behind The Booze:

Some of you may know that I live in St. Louis, Mo so what better way to start ‘beer reviews’ than with a local selection? A little information taken from their site ( http://www.4handsbrewery.com ) “4 Hands Brewing Company, located in the LaSalle Park neighborhood, will provide the craft beer enthusiast a handcrafted portfolio inspired by the American craft movement that pushes the limits of creativity. Our barrel -aging program will produce a truly unique line on beers. The use of wine and spirit barrels containing an array of fruit, herbs, and spices in conjunction with wild yeast strains will enhance the flavors to produce a one of a kind beer.”

The schpeal sounds good and The Oatmeal Brown is listed as one of their ‘core’ beers – lets see if the Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown lives up to the companies standards or if this is one of those ‘unique names’ to stay away from.

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A quick note before we start: You might be asking your self why this cigar post looks like a tasty beer review. Well, that’s because it IS a tasty beer review! One of my other passions is beer, and after consulting with David, he was more than happy to let me post some beer reviews up as well. So, occasionally I’ll divert my attention from reviewing a cigar and do the same for a beer that has caught my eye. I hope that you enjoy my brew reviews and look forward to hearing your comments on the different beers I post up. Also if you have any suggestions for brews that you would like me to review, leave a comment, and as long as I can find it I’ll gladly put it on the list to review. So without further ado, here is my first brew review!

Brewery: Brewery Ommegang – Cooperstown, NY
Style: Belgian style stout
ABV: 7.00%
Price: $15.99 for a 750ML bottle

Behind the Brew: For Brewery Ommegang’s 10th Anniversary they brewed a special ale called the Chocolate Indulgence Stout. It was so popular that they brewed it again in 2008, which is the batch that is currently available on the shelves (and going fast!). Listed under Seasonal Brews on their site, it appears to be a beer that they will be releasing at least once a year, which is good news for us!

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