BATCH #1 Panil Raphael Oak Aged Red Ale...$14.99 / 750ml A spontaneously fermented red ale matured for over a year in oak barrels. Pale red in color, the nose is vinous with delicate floral notes and tropical fruit. On the palate, citrus predominates with hints of wood and leather. The smooth body, extraordinary elegance and cleanliness make this excellent to enjoy alone, before a meal or paired with smoked sausage, blue or goat cheese, shellfish or fruit pastries.
Panil Barriquee Oak Aged Sur red Ale...$14.99 / 750ml Save the wild yeasts! From senseless abuse and pasteurization. Suddenly beer-lovers here in the States are all a-titter over dark, sour, wood-aged ales. These complex, fruity-tasting beers, native to the Netherlands and Belgian Flanders, represent one of the oldest beer styles in the world. In their traditional form, these Sour Reds – also known as ‘Flemish Red’ or ‘Oud Bruin’ beers – are related to real lambic beers: a touch of wild yeast and bacteria coming from the wood give acidity, both lactic (sour) and acetic (vinegar). Trouble is, it’s become nearly impossible to find a true, traditional Sour Red, even in the place where the style was born. The state of Sour Reds turning up here now leaves most drinkers crying in their beer. They’re too damned sweet! Crass commercialization has brought even the generally recognized ‘classics’ of the style to their knees. They’re pasteurized, and sometimes laced with sugar or artificial sweeteners to make them appealing to the less-discerning beer drinker. The traditional complexity, character, and dryness are missing in action. But now comes Panil Barriquée, and not a minute too soon. Barriquée is the only all-natural, traditionally-made example you will find today, and it comes from, of all places, Italy. This masterpiece is ‘triple-fermented.’ Primary fermentation is in stainless steel. The deep earthy, sour character results from three months of maturation in cognac barrels from Bordeaux, followed by re-fermentation and further aging in the bottle. Barriquée is not pasteurized or filtered, and no sweeteners are added, so it is uncompromisingly dry and complex, and endlessly interesting. - importer
We are giving you a heads up - do not miss the 2012 Oregon Pinot Noirs!
“Hard to believe anyone can get very excited over 2011....but À chacun son goût as the French say...2012 is the real deal in Oregon....just saying.... “ -- Robert Parker The Wine Advocate From what we have tasted so far we completely agree with Mr. Parker's assesment, the 2012's are amazing. While the official reviews from the Wine Advocate aren't due until October I wouldn't wait until the score come out, many wineries have sold out their entire 2012 Vintage already.
2012 Bergstrom Pinot Noir Silice....$59.99
Silice (pronounced “sea-lease”) is French for silica, the shiny, quartz rock found in the sandy, beach soils of the Chehalem Mountains AVA....The 2012 vintage represents the inaugural release of this wine under its new name, but between 2003 and 2011, you knew it as de Lancellotti. The vines are now 15 years old and expressing themselves in a tremendous way. The 2012 Silice Pinot Noir is dark ruby with dark violet tints. Its explosive aromatics burst from the glass with high-toned red and purple flowers, bright raspberry, cherry and a comforting sweet, spicy profile reminiscent of fresh-baked berry pies. But for all its opulence, there is a stony mineral cut to this wine that keeps it honest and poignant, and it is this harmony between ripe lushness and sandstone minerality that makes the wine so delicious now. Our 2012 Silice will drink well upon release and should perform well in the bottle for the next 5-8 years.
2012 Bergstrom Pinot Noir Shea....$52.99
Bright ruby-red. Potent dark berry and cherry compote scents show excellent clarity, with smoky mineral, floral pastille and Asian spice notes adding lift. Stains the palate with sweet red and dark berry flavors that put on weight with air. Delivers a superb blend of power and vivacity, with chewy tannins coming on late to add shape to the long, sweet, vanilla-tinged finish. While this substantial pinot still has years of life ahead of it, it offers surprising up-front appeal as well. Rated 94/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
The last 2 vintages scored 94 points from The Wine Advocate and the 2012 is a much better vintage. Don't hesitate!
2012 Bergstrom Pinot Noir Gregory Ranch...$55.99 Our third vintage from one of our largest estate-farmed vineyards, the 2012 Gregory Ranch Pinot Noir captures the beauty and opulence of the 2012 vintage like lightning in a bottle.
The wine is dark cherry in color and has an outrageously opulent aromatic panoply of ripe dark fresh fruits like blackberries, marionberries and dark cherries commingled with sweet floral notes including vanilla, clove, cinnamon and star anise. This Pinot Noir has a full-bodied character but also shows great balance between fleshy, sweet tannins and wonderful acidity. This is a monumental Pinot Noir and quite different from the elegantly framed 2010 and 2011 wines from this vineyard. Our 2012 version is more full throttle and will be enjoyable young, but the brambly and floral notes that are the trademark for this vineyard shine through beautifully. DRINK NOW 2013-2020
Jamon Serrano, Manchego and White Fig Tostada This recipe works great with either fresh figs, though the season is quite short at the end of the summer, but can be made year round using the Stonewall Kitchen White Fig Spread. This is one of my favorite appetizers for a large gathering or just a quick dinner. Ingredients
Stonewall Kitchen White Fig Spread ***
1 baguette ***
6 ounces thinly sliced Jamon Serrano ***
¼ pound Manchego cheese, thinly sliced ***
Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling ***
*** In stock at The Wine and Cheese Place
Instructions 1. Quarter baguette crosswise, then cut each quarter in half horizontally and lightly toast 2. Spread fig preserves on toasted baguette 3. Add Jamon and top with Manchego to make open-face sandwiches 4. Drizzle with oil and season with pepper
In stock at all four locations
Stonewall Kitchen White Fig Spread...$6.79 / 9.5oz jar The white fig, while lesser known, is adored by chefs for its sweet, rich and nutty flavor. In addition to being the perfect complement to your cheese board, we love it equally as a breakfast spread for croissants, scones or crepes.
(each store will also have other wines out to taste)
A little more education: We are going to try to feature either a grape or a wine region each week at our stores. We will give you some background information on the grape or region and feature a wine that highlights what we are featuring. We will taste that wine on Saturday at all four of our locations. We will post it here in our blog and send it out in our emails - click here to sign up for our emails
On our blog, click on the label "Education" and you can read all of the education articles (see the right column under the heading "labels".
Grape: Malbec Malbec is a black-skinned grape variety native to southern France (specifically the area around Cahors), but now better known as the icon wine grape of Argentina. Through its success in the vineyards of Mendoza, in a few short decades Malbec has shot from relative obscurity to international fame, simultaneously bringing new-found attention and respect to Argentina as a wine-producing nation.
Broadly speaking, French Malbec tends to be more meaty, rustic and tannic, while examples from Argentina seem to be uniformly rich, ripe, jammy and juicy. On both sides of the Atlantic, Malbec wines are generally aged in oak to enhance the wine’s structure and aging potential.
Malbec forms part of the Meritage blend in the United States, and has a strong presence in California. In Australia and New Zealand, it is frequently blended with the softer, less tannic Merlot, to produce bright, fruit-driven wines against a backbone of oak. Plums and violets are common flavor descriptors.
Come taste a few of our favorite Malbecs this weekend, including the fantastic 2012 Alfredo Rocca Malbec from Mendoza Argentina at all 4 locations
The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel Aged Beer Program expands outside of Missouri for the first time! We are excited to announce that some barrels are heading to Oklahoma!
Chase Healey, co-founder and brewmaster of Prairie Artisan Ales, loaded up two barrels from The Wine and Cheese Place to take back to Oklahoma to fill with beer. We are very excited to partner with Prairie Artisan Ales. We just recently started receiving their beers here at The Wine and Cheese Place and the beer is incredible. He plans on each barrel (Evan Williams 10 Year old and a Buffalo Trace) to be bottled separately, we will give you more details as we have them. Watch for the beer at the end of 2014 if all goes to plan. While you wait....enjoy these great beers from Prairie Artisan Ales
Mikkeller / Prairie Artisan Ales Collab American-Style...$12.99 / 750ml All-brett American IPA You might think that two Wild and Crazy guys brewing beer in Belgium is something that happens every day. You’d be right about that. But when the two guys are Chase Healey of Prairie Artisan Ales (one of the hottest US breweries in 2013) and Mikkel Borg Bjergsø (the Godfather of Gypsy Brewers himself), well now that is something that definitely does not happen every day.
Bonding over their love mutual of American West Coast hops and Brettanomyces, the American and the Dane met up at De Proefbrouwerij in Lochristi, Belgium. De Proef has been referred to as the Willy Wonka Beer Factory by at least one American brewer. The amazing place is run by a meticulous brewer/scientist named Dirk Naudts. Dirk doesn’t just make beer though. He does all sorts of research on hops and yeast, so De Proefbrouwerij was the perfect place for these two international brewing stars to meet and make a hella hoppy IPA with Brettanomyces.
We were not able to be there for the brewing, but were lucky enough to visit just a week or so later. After touring the brew house and spending some time having our minds blown by all the research on hops going on in the laboratory, Dirk wanted us to taste some beers. Great idea! We had already moved from talk of mapping the humulus lupulus genome to discussions about Dirk’s research into yeast, especially the aromatic compounds. The first beer Dirk wanted us to taste was one that was still fermenting and quite cloudy, but showed some wonderful tropical characteristics resulting from the special strain of Brettanomyces used for fermentation. The beer was also incredibly hoppy and quite dry. Dirk told us it was dry hopped with Citra. The result was something we would have been happy drinking all afternoon, if not for the couple dozen other beers Dirk wanted us to taste from other fermenters, bottles, and barrels we probably would have done so. American Style was the perfect start to the amazing journey that day, and now it is here for all fans of Mikkeller and Prairie Artisan Ales.
Prairie Artisan Ale Prairie Ale..$8.99 / pint Rated 98/100 RateBeer Prairie Ale is our classic saison. We brew this beer with pilsner malt, wheat malt, flaked wheat, and cane sugar. A healthy dose of saaz hops are used to add a spicy element to the beer. Prairie Ale is fermented with a mix of ale yeast, wine yeast, and brettanomyces. Notes of black pepper and pineapple can be found in this beer.ABV8.2%
Prairie Artisan Ales Eliza5beth...$8.99 / pint "Eliza5beth is a golden farmhouse ale that is aged on a small amount of apricots with brett cultures." - Prairie Artisan Ales Shelton Brothers
Cambridge Big Man IPA...$7.99 / 22oz Our Winter seasonal beer is here! Originally brewed in September of 1992 at the request of three bartenders/managers (who have since gone on to great fame and glory) Big Man I.P.A. has been a favorite seasonal brew at Cambridge Brewing Company ever since. Legend has it that the grist weight of Big Man I.P.A. was their combined total weight – 770 pounds of malt for 10 barrels of beer!
Deep copper-colored and unfiltered (as are all of CBC’s beers), it boasts a full body complemented by strong, robust flavors. Its rich notes of malt and caramel are offset by very aggressive hopping—it is kettle-hopped with Columbus, Cascade and Amarillo hops and further dry-hopped with even more Cascades and Amarillo. These hop varieties lend a fruity, citrusy character to this big malty beer, in the style of a “winter-ized” I.P.A.
We just call it the Big Man. Drink up and be somebody!
Cambridge Brewing Red God...$7.99 / 22oz Blessed be! Our ridiculously big, ultra-hoppy imperial red ale, RED GOD returns to the exaltations of worshippers far and near. From his celestial perch, he commands this rapturous union of malt and hops and prophesizes our inescapable bitter finish! Since its inaugural brew many years ago, both the malt and the hop content have been increased with each successive batch, yielding what today is an absurd 9.0% hop monster.
Red God features 7 different hop varieties showcasing, in particular, Chinook, Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial. These varieties combine for a strong herbal, spicy, citrusy character, which dominates the palate. Hopping rate is quite aggressive at nearly five pounds per barrel with 80+ IBU, yet balance prevails! American pale and Belgian caramel malts provide a rich and malty, deep red pedestal upon which this hop fest rides until its long, lingering, hop-bittered finish. Beware this vengeful God!
Cambridge Brewing Audacity of Hops....$7.99 / 22oz Real change is here! No longer will American beer lovers be forced to choose between those quirky, eccentric beers of Belgium or the explosively flavorful IPAs of the United States. We have brewed the change we have been waiting for!
Liberally hopped to an audacious degree, our Belgian Double IPA reaches across the aisle to bridge the seemingly contradictory brewing philosophies of the old world and new. Our beer uses generous portions of Pilsner and Vienna malts to give it its hazy golden color and rocky white head. Two independent dry hop additions of Simcoe, Chinook, Amarillo, Hallertauer, and Spalt put aside their differences to form a delicious coalition. Floral grassiness dominates the nose with fruity hints of bright citrus well represented. Its subtle spicy flavor comes from a Belgian yeast as well as generous doses of German hops in the kettle. These aggressive flavors are complemented by a determined bitterness and a full but dry finish.
All of these characteristics come together in a nonpartisan spirit of cooperation to form a beer that is both righteously flavorful and drinkable. Enjoy!
To this day, we don’t know what we were thinking when we started doing this. But we know one thing for sure: we haven’t regretted it since. The Black Damnation series is a dark twist of Urbain’s mind, conceived as beers that neither Belgium or the world have ever seen before, nor are they likely to ever see them again. Originally intended as a range of twelve beers, it has since expanded.
The rules are simple: every Black Damnation beer has to contain at least 50% of our Black Albert or one of its barrel-aged variants. Other than that: anything goes. We’ve aged it on bourbon, whisky and rum. We’ve applied the Eisbock technique to bring it up to 39% alcohol. We’ve used the water run-off and dry-hopped it for a quaffable 2% entry. We added peaches, coffee beans and blackberries. In short: we’ve put it through its paces and we’ll continue to do so. That is: until we run out of ideas. Like that’ll ever happen.
Struise Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb...$39.99 / 750ml Rated 100/100 RateBeer Black Damnation II is yet another blend with the use of Hel & Verdoemenis from Brouwerij De Molen. This time a level more complex than BD I. 50% of Black Albert was used that matured for a while on whole coffee beans out of a craft Columbian coffee plantation. 25% of H&V was used that aged for 6 months on JD barrels at Struise. Another 25% of Cuvée Delphine was used.
Struise Black Damnation III - Black Mes...$39.99 / 750ml Rated 100/100 RateBeer Black Damnation III was made with Black Albert that aged for 3 months on Paul Melia’s (Mes) favorite Whisky, the "Caol Ila’s Distillers Version 1995".
Struise Black Damnation IV Coffee Club...$39.99 / 750ml Rated 100/100 RateBeer Black Damnation IV was made with Black Albert that aged for 6 months on very old rum barrels.
LASSO is the new frontier of India Pale Ale. Brewed with a robust roundup of Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops, its sessionable simplicity proves bigger isn’t always better. But make no mistake – the Wild West hasn’t gone mild. That same untamed IPA spirit thrives, and we reckon this’ll go down mighty fine.
Barbecue beef brisket, pork green chili, baked beans, Tillamook medium cheddar, oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies.
Here is some info to help you be prepared.... Watch the blog / facebook / twitter for the link. Make sure you follow the link here on the blog. Don't sit on the website refreshing with the search "Cantillon". You will not find it. It will be under a different name. I want to even the playing field a little more. We will confirm orders in the order they arrive. 1 bottle per person. In the notes section when you order (when you check out, you sill see a place for notes), list the order of preference that you would like, such as this...
Rose de Gambrinus
Cuvee St Gilloise 750ml
We will fill your order based on what is left when we get to your order online. Example: If the above list was yours, and we get down to your order and both Classic and FouFoune are sold out, your bottle would be Rose de Gambrinus.
Quantities are limited, this is going to go fast. Be warned, most people will not get some, there is really no perfect way.
With this being in such demand, you must pick up by Saturday, (Jan 25) 7pm. If you cannot pick up by then, please do not reserve beer.
Just getting an order in is no guarantee, you must wait for a confirmation.
Your confirmation will not tell you which one you get. You will have to wait for pick up and be surprised. With all the Shelton beers we got in, we will not be able to let you know what you will get.
Click the button to try to order. Remember you must get a confirmation. If you hit the button and you see this "No products found on your query. Please try to re-formulate the query." That means it is sold out already and has been turned off. SOLD OUT
For your reading pleasure..... Cantillon Classic Gueuze...$9.99 / 375ml Cantillon Classic Gueuze...$17.99 / 750ml
"To create this astounding and unique fruit beer, the Cantillon brewers buy apricots from a vineyard in Bordeaux and pour them into casks of aged lambic. Over three to four months, the fruit dissolves and ferments, and is infused into the beer. The result is a wonderful peachy-apricot aroma and taste, combined with the tart, earthy flavor of honest, wild-yeast fermented lambic beer.
The wonderful "apricot moon" painting for the label was done by Julie Van Roy, daughter of master brewer Jean-Pierre Van Roy. -- importer
Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus....$11.99 / 375ml Rated 98/100 RateBeer "The most famous framboise," according to beer writer Michael Jackson, and an undisputed World Classic – fully authentic, tart, not sweetened with sugar or syrup like all the rest.
Whole fresh raspberries are fermented in oak casks of Belgium’s classic beer - beer fermented by wild yeasts borne on the open air. Very dry, tart, and fruity, but also funky and complex, as a natural lambic should be. This is the real thing - definitely not one of those artificially sweetened soda-pop beers." -- importer
Cantillon Kriek....$11.99 / 375ml Rated 98/100 RateBeer In late summer, whole cherries (of the Schaarbeek variety, as tradition dictates) are poured, pits and all, into casks of lambic that have aged for a year and a half – two summers, according to the lambic brewer’s calendar. The fruit dissolves and ferments in the cask for four to five months. In that time, even the pits begin to dissolve, lending a slight nutty flavor to the lambic in the cask. The cherry-flavored lambic is blended with old and new lambic to make beer with a strong, sour cherry flavor and bright red color.
Cantillon Kriek is not artificially sweetened like all the other krieks you'll find on the shelf; authentic kriek is unabashedly sour and very, very tart. This beer is not for beginners, but those in the know will agree with virtually every respected beer writer that this is the world-classic cherry lambic.
Cantillon Mamouche...$26.99 / 750ml Rated 100/100 RateBeer "Classic Cantillon lambic made with fresh elderflower by master brewer Jean Van Roy in honor of his mother, Claude, granddaughter of brewery founder Paul Cantillon."
Cantillon Cuvee St Gilloise....$20.99 / 750ml Rated 100/100 RateBeer
"A brew concocted by Jean Van Roy to celebrate the 2003-2004 Division III title for the local Union St. Gilles football (soccer, to you) team and its upgrade to Division II. Though it was brewed only for members of the football club and its fans, Shelton Brothers was able to pry about 35 cases away from the brewery to share with lambic lovers here in the USA.
Cuvee des Champions is not a traditional 'gueuze,' in that it is made from only two year-old 2001 lambic, not from a blend of older and younger lambics. It is also dry-hopped in the cask for three weeks with fresh Styrian Goldings hops. Re-fermentation in the bottle is achieved with the addition of a small amount of candi sugar." Rated 99/100 RateBeer
To Øl Liquid Confidential Imperial Chili Stout...$8.99 / 375ml 12.3% ABV Dark fat smooth imperial stout brewed with Chipotle, Ancho and Guajillo chillies, that adds a smokyness and a bit of acidic spicyness to the big impy stout.Rated 98/100 RateBeer
To Øl Nordic By Nature...$9.99 / 500ml We present to you a Seabuckthorn IPA. This beer is a tribute to shared potent beer culture between Scandinavia and the Baltic Region. The beer is an IPA that has been beaten with Seabuckthorn and Juniper Berries and trashed over and over with hops. The result is a hazy deep orange IPA with a nice fruity and flowery aroma deriving from the Seabuckthorn. This leads over to a fruity and soft taste of the berries that is balanced by all the American hops, that gives notes of citrus and pine. The result is a powerful yet balanced fruit IPA. Ingredients: Water, malt, hops (Centennial, Columbus & Cluster), yeast, Seabuckthorn and Juniper Berries.Rated 94/100 RateBeer
It’s Alive! is Mikkellers answer and tribute to the trappist beer Orval. It’s Alive is an easy-to-drink beer, with a lot of hops. The color is amber, the foam is high, white and dense. The potent Brettanomyces culture makes It’s Alive continue to develop in the bottle.
In the spontan series we present Spontan Framboos – this time, forming an alliance with raspberries that were generously added underway the brewing process, creating a truly unique and distinct, sour beer. Our tribute to this classic Belgian beer. Aged at our barrel house in Belgium. - Spontaneous fermented beer - BA in oak barrels - ABV: 7,7 %
Mikkeller Spontan White Grape...$11.99 / 375ml
In the spontan series we present Spontan White Grapes – this time, forming an alliance with white grapes that were generously added underway the brewing process, creating a truly unique and distinct, sour beer. Aged at our barrel house in Belgium. - Spontaneous fermented beer - BA in oak barrels - ABV: 7,7 %
Mikkeller Spontan Cassis...$11.99 / 375ml
Rated 97/100 RateBeer
In the spontan series we present Spontan cassis – this time, forming an alliance with cassis (black currant) that were generously added underway the brewing process, creating a truly unique and distinct, sour beer. Aged at our barrel house in Belgium. - Spontaneous fermented beer - BA in oak barrels - ABV: 7,7 %
Mikkeller Spontan Gooseberry...$11.99 / 375ml
Rated 97/100 RateBeer
In the spontan series we present Spontan Gooseberry – this time, forming an alliance with gooseberry that were generously added underway the brewing process, creating a truly unique and distinct, sour beer. Aged at our barrel house in Belgium. - Spontaneous fermented beer - BA in oak barrels - ABV: 7,7 %
Mikkeller Spontan Peach...$11.99 / 375ml
In the spontan series we present Spontan Peach – this time, forming an alliance with peach that were generously added underway the brewing process, creating a truly unique and distinct, sour beer. Aged at our barrel house in Belgium. - Spontaneous fermented beer - BA in oak barrels - ABV: 7,7 %
Mikkeller Spontan Rosehip...$11.99 / 375ml
Rated 94/100 RateBeer
In the spontan series we present Spontan Rosehip – this time, forming an alliance with rosehip that were generously added underway the brewing process, creating a truly unique and distinct, sour beer. Aged at our barrel house in Belgium. - Spontaneous fermented beer - BA in oak barrels - ABV: 7,7 %
In the spontan series we present Spontan Sea Buckthorn – this time, forming an alliance with Sea Buckthorn that were generously added underway the brewing process, creating a truly unique and distinct, sour beer. Aged at our barrel house in Belgium. - Spontaneous fermented beer - BA in oak barrels - ABV: 7,7 %
Mikkeller Spontan Elderflower...$11.99 / 375ml
In the spontan series we present Spontan Ellderflower – this time, forming an alliance with Elderflower that were generously added underway the brewing process, creating a truly unique and distinct, sour beer. Aged at our barrel house in Belgium. - Spontaneous fermented beer - BA in oak barrels - ABV: 7,7 %
Mikkeller Spontan Mandarin...$11.99 / 375ml
In the spontan series we present Spontan Mandarin – this time, forming an alliance with Mandarin that were generously added underway the brewing process, creating a truly unique and distinct, sour beer. Aged at our barrel house in Belgium. - Spontaneous fermented beer - BA in oak barrels - ABV: 7,7 %
In stock at Forsyth, and online Monk's Brew... During Mikkeller’s travels through Belgium, they were inspired by the country’s anti-commercial, independent Trappist breweries. More specifically, the classic Rochefort and Westvleteren monasteries. From these enchanting, traditional, classic breweries Monk’s Brew arose. It is a dark Belgian ale with a dominant yeast character and deliciously malty body. Well-balanced and distinguished, the beer’s characteristic high alcohol content never takes over, and the beer is amazingly smooth and drinkable. Not so amazingly, actually, coming from Mikkeller. Balance is what they do best. Monk’s Brew is no exception. Great paired with prayer and meditation, a classic novel read by a fire, or good conversation with friends.
Mikkeller Barrel-Aged Monk's Brew with Raspberries...$11.99 /375ml
Rated 97/100 RateBeer
Belgian Ale Brewed with Raspberries and aged in Wine Barrels
Dieu du Ciel! Grande Noirceur Imperial Stout...$4.99 / 11.2oz
Rated 100/100 RateBeer
9% ABV "The Great Darkness" The Grande Noirceur (Great Darkness) is an intense and dense black beer with strong roasted flavours. Its imposing bitterness is balanced by the presence of malted, caramel notes. The high alcohol content is well integrated and discreet, well suited to this beer’s complex nature.
This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness in order to favour preservation, was originally brewed to support the long and arduous voyage necessary to export the beer from England to Russia. The word Imperial comes from the fact that the beer was specially brewed for the Russian tsar’s court. The name of this beer refers to the Prime minister Duplessis political era (1945-1960) when the Quebec government was under the strong influence of the church and willingly kept the inhabitants into ignorance and away from progress.
Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel...$4.99 / 11.2oz
Rated 100/100 RateBeer "If you love really good coffee and really good beer equally, you will be thrilled with Péché Mortel. If coffee isn’t your cup of tea, and caffeine makes you bounce off the ceiling, then just put the bottle down and find something else to drink. This beer is all about coffee. Indeed, you may have seen ‘coffee stouts’ before, but no brewer has ever married coffee and beer so naturally and seamlessly. And this isn’t just any stout, but an imperial stout, which means that it is modeled on the strong, rich, and very complex stouts that were made in England in the 19th and early 20th centuries exclusively for shipment to Russia, where they were a special favorite at the court of the Czars. A warning: Between the caffeine buzz, and the 9% alcohol by volume of this singular brew, you may find yourself a little disoriented. What is this, a morning pick-me-up and a drowsy night-cap, all in the same bottle? It’s just too much pleasure all at once, and that’s why the brewers named it Péché Mortel, which is French for 'Mortal Sin.' Unfortunately, we can’t say that it’s good for you. In fact, it’s a sure thing you’re going to Hell for this . . ." -- brewery
Dieu du Ciel Rigor Mortis ABT....$4.99 / 11.5oz
Rated 99/100 RateBeer Quadrupel - 10.5% alc./vol.oz. "Strong brown ale inspired by the beer brewed by Belgian Trappist monks. Very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel. It presents complex red fruit and spice flavours due to the type of yeast that is used during the brewing process. This beer is at its best only after it has aged for six months. The Rigor Mortis are complex beers designed and brewed with patience and care in the tradition of the great Belgian Abbey beers. Rigor Mortis Abt is brewed only once a year, and is sold in April until stocks last. This beer won a gold medal (first place amongst 10 gold medal winners) at the adjudicated "MBeer" contest during the Mondial de la Bière in Montréal in 2006. Rigor Mortis Abt will become available starting on Monday May 18, 2009. As only one brew was made, it probably won't stay long on the shelves! It won't be brewed again before next year, so don't hesitate to make some reserve of it, mostly that this beer can easily withstand a few years of aging." -- brewery
Rated 96/100 RateBeerSaison Renaud is a more modern take on the style. Made with just pilsner malt and Saaz hops, this recipe is made to truly let the assertiveness of our house yeast shine. Presenting a clean and crisp body, the spicy and fruity esters of the yeast prevail over a slight earthy bitterness from the Saaz. 6.5% abv.
Mystic Mystic Saison...$10.99 / 750ml
Mystic Saison is our take on the old Belgian farmhouse ale. Saisons were traditionally brewed for refreshment during the summer months. Light in color, effervescent with a billowy, well-retained head — it is very dry and strongly aromatic with light pepper and pear overtones. Heavier in alcohol at 7% abv, it finishes clean and bright, with a very light bitterness.
Saison is far more a tradition than a style. Made with wine yeast by French speaking people in the ‘grain belt’ of Europe, saison was brewed in winter to slake thirsts of farm workers in summer.
We found that in many ways saison goes far beyond white wines that were in the minds of the old Wallonians. It can be as dry and crisp but far more variable. In Belgium, every farm house had its own saison, influenced by their very own farm and the grains available to them. For Mystic Saison we worked towards the essence of saison.