So, this happened. Pere Jaques is a belgian ale brewed by my hometown brewery Goose Island. This is bottle conditioned, which means yeast is added to the beer after it’s initial boil so that it develops and changes in the bottle. Pere Jaques is a fruity, light belgian with a malt aftertaste. As the years progress, it loses that fruity belgian yeast taste and becomes straight up malt. That’s not necessarily bad or good. It just is. It was fun to share these with friends and discuss the changes that took place. More verticals to come!
I’ve got Goose Island Matilda 10-12 and am looking for an 09 if anyone has one.
Flying Dog | Wildeman Farmhouse IPA | 7.5% ABV
This is a very popular style of beer right now and flying dog does a pretty good job. If you like both belgians and IPAs, then you should like this. Bitter and fruity with an aftertaste that is distinct with the yeast used in belgian styles. Give it a shot.
Boulevard Brewing Co | Unfiltered Wheat Beer | 4.6% ABV
Woops. Attn: this beer is bottle conditioned. Don’t make the same mistake I just did. You’ll want to leave a little bit of this beer in the bottle. You don’t want excess yeast being poured into your glass. With that said, this beer is exactly what I expected it to be. Basically, a dry unsweetened belgian ale. I don’t know anyone who reaches for a wheat beer over any other beer but whatever. This isn’t bad just uninteresting…like most wheat beers.