Monday, March 18, 2013

Exciting Barrel Aged Beer Tasting!

This Thursday!
Hof Ten Dormaal  Barrel Aged Beer Tasting
Thursday March 21, 6pm - 7:30pm
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105 

Seating is limited - reservations required.

$20 / person 

We will taste these 8 Hof Ten Dormaal barrel aged beers.

Scott Snyder, Certified Cicerone, will be on hand to lead you through the tasting.

No.1 - Jenever Barrel
No.2 - Cognac Barrel
No.3 - Madeira Barrel
No.4 - Armagnac Barrel
No.5- Sherry Barrel
No.6 - Port Barrel
No.8 - Sauternes Barrel
No. 9 Grappa Barrel

More info about the beers...

In stock now at Forsyth -- now online also

Hof Ten Dormaal took the same beer and aged it in 8 different barrels --

$17.99 / 750ml each

More info about each....

Brew nº1: Gin (jenever)
The first beer made in our new oak aged gamma has been aged on Belgian Gin barrels. The aroma searches a balance between caramel, toasted bread and some fruity aspects such as apricot and plum. Also there is some form of spices, tasted as pepper and safran. The taste itself is mainly exotic fruit flavours, cassis and caramel. We end with a pure beer taste with a royal dose of heating alcohol.
provenance: Distillery Filliers near Ghent (Belgium)
contained the 100% authentic gin for 5 years

Brew nº2: Cognac

This complex beer was brewed in cognac barrels that have contained cognac for at least 40 years. You will experience a mild alcohol aroma that is balanced by vanilla overtones coming from the wood and a fresh fruitiness reminiscent of apricots. The mouthfeel is velvety with flavors of honey coming through with every sip.


provenance: family distilery Clos de Nancrevant, situated in Chanier (France)
contained cognac for at least 40 years.

Brew nº3: Madeira

This beer is comparable with the beer aged in the Armagnac barrels, however the aroma is much more subtle. You can experience a mild alcoholic aroma, with a balanced flavour of vanilla, coming from the wood, and a fresh fruitiness reminiscent of apricot. Tasting this will give you a velvety taste, the honey like sweetness masks the degree of alcohol. The aftertaste is dominated by almond so the comparison with Amaretto isn't far away. In short, the perfect dessert beer!


provenance: Madeira (Portugal)

Brew nº4: Armagnac

Like you expect from a beer that has matured on an Armagnac barrel, the aroma after pouring out is intense, complex and alcoholic which can point out the robust character of this special beer. You can smell some caramel and some biscuit odors. These come from the different malts and by fermenting on the wooden barrels. All this can also be found in the taste with some subtle nutty flavours, especially almond. The sweet aftertaste reminds of truffle.


provenance: France - Domaine Marquestau
Contained Armagnac for over 30 years.

Brew nº5: Sherry

The different flavors of this beer are manifested in a sublime order to achieve a harmonious yet complex taste sensation. 

Besides the instantly recognizable dry sherry flavor there also is room for the fresh and spicy scents of vegetative raw celery and a green pepper character. This follows in subtle fruity aromas of peach and candied apricot, with an undertone of tea extracts. Finished with a nutty touch, reminiscent of broken walnuts. The mainly fresh flavors that make up the smell of the beer are masterfully supported by more robust flavors. In the flavor we can find the typical duality of balsamic, compromise between sweet and sour, and finally conclude with a notion of liquorice. But this story is not over; the aftertaste brings a perfect marriage between alcohol warming and soothing sweetness.

provenance: Spain - Jerez

Brew nº6: Port

The wonderful aroma of this beer is clearly indebted to the time that has matured in port casks. 

This manifests itself primarily in a well-balanced marriage of hand fruity notes of apricot and dried raisins, complemented by full-flavored caramel and honey accents and also a range of flavors from the wood. These can be divided into several, perfectly complementary fractions, from the resinous spiciness of green wood, a creamy center with hints of vanilla to the deep flavors of mature oak and dried tobacco. Towards the end, the intensity of the flavor is greatly increased by the presence of alcohol and impressions of solvent, which is especially the fruitiness benefits and reminiscent of apricot and fresh fig. This assembly is perfectly finished with a long lasting, slightly syrupy aftertaste that leaves barely resting on the palate.

provenance: Portugal

Brew nº8: Sauternes

A description of the delicate aroma resembles a journey through a tropical greenhouse, the floral and fruity scents, the taster induced response. 

Orange blossom, violets and honeysuckle go hand in hand with pear, peach, lime and mango. The complexity is complemented with notes of vanilla and clove and complemented by a notion of lavender. After this fresh bouquet comes the resounding of a pleasant and unexpected surprise. The onset of the beer is sweet and reminiscent of homemade marmalade, to be taken over by the alcohol and a refreshing spiciness consisting hints of fresh sage and anise. It is at this time that the vinous character of the beer reaches its fullness and this puts seemingly effortlessly into the aftertaste, which inevitably seems to be not to think of grapes, which proved that a successful marriage between wine and beer is certainly possible.

provenance: France

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