It's time for the 14th iteration of Red Rock's Rêve, Belgian style tripel. This beer is one of my favorite seasonal beers. Belgian style tripels don't tend to find their way into my tummy as often as they used to, because of their boozy candy-like sweetness. This one is a different story - through the magic of barrel aging with the addition Brettanomyces and Bruxellensis yeast strains this beer becaomes a whole different beast.
Pours a light golden honey color with with a moderate fluffy white head that dissipated to a very thin froth. The nose is a little boozy with banana, cloves malt and ripe mango. The taste is very much the same starting with candied sugar and cloves that transitions into toasted malt and banana. Tart vinous fruit come next balancing out the sweetness creating dry and almost puckering finish. The alcohol is warming and welcomed, masked well by Rêve’s full body. It adds a whole new dimension to the beer. You really get a good sense of the oak in the finish. It’s 10.3% abv is more than enough to warm your inner beer geek.
Rêve returns today (Wednesday, March 11th) at RedRock's Beer Store and it will be available at all Red Rock Brewpubs beginning Thursday March 12th.
There are quite a few rye beers floating around the market right now but non have the explosive rye character of our next beer. Bohemian's spring seasonal CTR "Choose the Rye" is a pale copper lager brewed with over 50% rye malts. Rye can be a somewhat difficult grain to brew with. It has an oily porridge like stickiness that can make it a challenging mash to extract the wort from in high quantities. The resulting beer has a earthy and fruity nose with a taste starts with moderately sweet/musty rye and spicy european hops, the end has a touch of citrus to add balance to the spicy grain and hop bill.
For a 4% ABV beer this lager has a surprising amount of body you really get a sense of why rye beers are becoming so popular in the U.S. Available on tap at Bohemian Brewery and where BOHO has seasonal taps.