The time has arrived folks! The FINAL 2 beers. A dynamic duo, to say the least. And one is on video for your viewing pleasure! Beer #100, the Deus, is a showstopper that I was honored to drink with Dr. Bill and the New Brew Thursday guys. I have been waiting to have this beer since day one, and was antsy like a kid on their first day of school to revel in its goodness. An incredible afternoon at Stone Brewing Bistro & Gardens for Saison Saturday.....
Deus Brut Des Flandres (Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut) 11.5% ABV: What an INCREDIBLY delicious way to end my 100 beer challenge. This is one of the most complex beers I have ever smelled and tasted. Intoxicating, yes intoxicating aromas. Lemon, hay, white pepper, anise, coriander, orange peel, allspice. I could go on and on... Everytime I put my nose in the glass, a new layer emerges. You can't help but say "Wow" when you have this beer.
Cheap? Um, no. It will run you about $30 in the store. But like a fine bottle of wine, it is WELL worth it, I promise. It is truly a champagne of beers. Sorry Miller High-Life. Do yourself a favor and put this beer on your list. You will thank me a million times over. And personally, I can't WAIT until the next time I get to savor this treat again.
CLICK BELOW to see the awesome video with New Brew Thursday tasting this beer:
Orval (Belgian Pale Ale) 6.9% ABV: I intentionally saved this beer until the happy end....There is a reason this is considered one of the best beers ever made. Why it has an A+ score by the Alström Brothers on Beer Advocate. And why it is loved the world over by beer devotees. It is classically delicious. I remember having this beer for the first time years ago, before even my wine years, and while I enjoyed it, I was unable to truly appreciate its complexity and contribution to beer. I retried it with a fresh palate about two years ago, and have adored it ever since.
Gorgeous floral aromas mingled with vanilla, wax, apricot, orange peel, wild grasses, hay, and chunky earth. Great bitter yet floral hoppy finish, along with a pleasant nuttiness that gives a touch of roundess. Not a whole lot of brett character here folks, but it does emerge more as it warms, and shows itself more in the finish. It is an INCREDIBLE pair to cheese and food, or all on its own.
So how is Orval best? Young or aged? This particular offering was bottled on July 29, 2009. So not an infant, but still less than one year old. It is suggested on the bottle that it is consumed by 2014. So this is what I am going to do. Conduct a test. I will age some of these beers and as we go along this beer journey together, I will open these along the way. Looking forward to comparing the results! And I would LOVE to hear your experiences with Orval!
To read more about how Orval is brewed and their aging suggestions, CLICK HERE.
And thus, my dear beer friends, ends another 100 beers. 30 days. challenge!
So what's up next? The "Best of" list will be coming soon, highlighting the best of the 100.
A Summer of Saisons and Sours has officially begun! Stay tuned for fantastic beers, reviews, breweries, festivals, and lots of beer love. Delicious.
Check out these fan photos sent in of Deus. Thank you Tim and Craig! Keep sending photos in folks, and see them on the site!