Cantillon. I can’t think of another word that makes “sour” beer lovers as excited as that one. Brasserie Cantillon, the famous Lambic/Gueuze producing brewery from Belgium makes some of the most sought after beers in the world. Recently, I opened a bottle of their Rosé De Gambrinus, a raspberry Lambic, to share with Nick on his birthday.
Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS) could very well be the first American beer ever put into bourbon barrels. Their one-off variants of their base BCBS range from a 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle barrel aged variant, to their newest release, Cherry Rye. The Cherry Rye was aged in Rye Whiskey barrels with fresh whole Michigan cherries.
Skull Splitter. Skull Splitter. Such a good name for a beer that I had to say it twice. This one almost jumped off the shelf and into my hands, without even finding out what it is. So what is it? The Skull Splitter is a 8.5% ABV Scotch/Wee Heavy ale from Orkney Brewery in Scotland. The bottle is adorned with an angry looking viking, arms crossed over his axe. Let’s see if the beer can live up to such a great name, and label adornment.
I felt it necessary to come back and revisit this brew after enjoying Curmudgeon’s Better Half. I found two bottles of the Founders Curmudgeon hanging out in the back of my beer closet with bottle dates of April 2012. Just to recap really quick for those that didn’t see the video at the time, we thought it was a nice beer with plenty of dark fruits and rich malts.
I had Duchesse De Bourgogne on-tap my very first time trying the beer and fell in love. Shane previously reviewed this beer on draft, so I’ll be reviewing the bottle after recently picking up a gift set of two bottles and matching glass. The beer is fermented in previously used oak wine barrels and is a blend of eight and eighteen month old ales matured in oak barrels.