Thursday, November 27, 2014

Boulevard Collaboration No. 4 Saison

This 7.5% ABV beer is part of the Collaboration portion of the Smokestack series of limited releases from the Boulevard Brewing Company of Kansas City, Missouri. Number four of the Collaborations is done with Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, New York. Each brewery brewed a saison with their own house yeast, and the two beers were then blended together.

The beer pours amber and copper in color. There is an inch of thick, foamy off-white head. The aroma is floral, dry, yeasty. The taste is lightly sweet malt, bready, floral, honey, very dry. The beer drinks with a soft, yet intense, fine carbonation. The bottles says this was brewed with spices, not sure which ones, I didn't really pick up too much spice. 

Surly Pentagram

This is a seasonal release brew from the Surly Brewing Company of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. They are nearing completion on a huge new destination brewery and taproom in Minneapolis near the University of Minnesota campus. The taproom is expected to open in the next month or two I believe.  This is a dark beer that uses Brett yeast and is then aged in used red wine barrels.

The beer pours a very dark brown, nearly black, along with dark ruby. There is a short head of off-white to light beige head. The aroma is sour, tart, funky, old leather, spicy, vinous. The taste is dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, mocha, along with the notes of the aromas, sour, balsamic vinegar, vinous, old red wine, leather, earthy, woody. The finish is very dry and immensely tart. The beer drinks smooth and round, as much like wine as like beer, but for the soft carbonation. This is well-done.