The Beer Release Round Up, 2/21/2014

Blake Smith, February 21, 2014
  1. Here's the 2014 release calendar from Green Flash Brewing.
  2. Meet Blå Spøgelse, a blueberry oaked-aged sour and collaboration from Mikkeller / Three Floyds. It's available to be purchased online from the Mikkeller shop (side note: has anyone ever ordered from their site? I can't imagine the shipping would be cheap). But back to what really matters, will this count for the BG Fantasy league?
  3. Le Merle (Belgian-Style Saison) is now available in four packs and have already begun hitting North Coast's markets.
  4. "So, we’re making it official: Oak-aged beer will be the heart of the brewery and sour fruit beers will remain the foundation of this program. We will release a new barrel-aged beer every month in 2014 and beyond." - Almanac Brewing Company, I'm not going to lie, I'm flat out stoked for this. Almanac has been doing great things, especially in the realm of barrel-aged beers.
  5. Two upcoming releases from Beachwood BBQ & Brew: Melrose (IPA) and 8 Buffalo (Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout). I will take one of each please!
  6. "The first Imperial beer of the year is The Illinois (Goose Island), a 9.0% ABV 95 IBU Imperial IPA that pushes the limits of hop flavor and aroma. Deep gold, complex citrus aroma, balanced clean bitterness, medium to full body." According to their beer calendar, it is already available and for the month of February only.
  7. Sierra Nevada's "first ever wide-release variety pack, 4-way IPA" has a little bit of everything, for IPA folks of course.
  8. And finally, Surly / Three Floyds / Real Ale all got together to brew a imperial black(-er) IPA, BLAKKR. Surly is throwing a party at local bar in Minnesota, see the link for details. The will be releasing the beer there, selling BLAKKR merch and giving away some one of a kind autographed memorabilia. 

Logsdon Peche 'n Brett (Style: 117, Bar: 6.16)

Appearance = 4/5

Poured from a tap into a tulip. Hazy, definitely unfiltered. Golden-orange. Very little lace and head formation.

Smell =  5/5

Immediately pick up the peach, not overpowering fruitiness however. Brett is there as well. Earthyness, little bit of hay. Smells fresh, kinda like wet soil.

Taste = 5/5

First sip, wow. Not much sour, more tart. Picking up the peaches and oak for sure, not much brett (which I didn't really mind). Some honey. Little bit of funk as it starts to warm up. Taste some pepperyness too, maybe from the brett. It really got even better as it got closer to room temp. The beer was changing.

Mouthfeel = 4/5

Medium body, very nice mouthfeel. Not overly sour or mouth puckering. Very balanced sour. The tartness and funk pair really well together.

Overall = 4.5/5

I could easily drink this all night long... *checks taplist again*, 10 percent! Oops, yeah this is dangerous but highly enjoyable.

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