Last week Cantillon Classic Gueze was the poll winner so I opened it on Saturday afternoon. This bottle was originally purchased at Bangor Wine & Cheese and has been in my cellar ever since. Bottle date was 2011 but it showed no signs of deterioration, cap came off without issue and cork came out in one piece.
Pour was a crystal clear pale orange with minimal head. Aroma was sour apple, grapes and a bit of funk. Taste was about the same with a very pleasant mix of slightly sweet almost honey and tart sour apple that lingered. This is not a beer that should be used as an intro to sours but it is also not soured to the point of making your eyes water. Just a really great blend that shows why Cantillon is one of the best.
Overall I give this beer a 4.75 out of 5 – just a great all around beer that every sour beer drinkers should try at some point regardless of the cost.
This weeks poll winner was Crooked Stave Blackberry Petit Sour so check in next week for a review of that beer. New poll at the end of this post so be sure to cast your vote.
Speaking of sour beers Allagash released a couple new Coolship beers this week so I made the trip with my family on Saturday to grab Coolship la Mûre and Coolship Clermont. la Mûre is aged on blackberries and Clermont is aged in bourbon barrels. They also had bottles of Resurgam available so I grabbed a couple of these for the cellar.
Since I am already drinking Blackberry Petit Sour from Crooked Stave this week I may have open one of those bottles of la Mûre to see how it compares.
Surprisingly this was the only beer I purchased this week. Still not a cheap week of buying beer at $15 per bottles but if these new iterations of Coolship are as good as the others it will be worth it.
I was stuck in the office most of the week due to the weather so didn’t get out to see many breweries. We did make the trip to Littleton New Hampshire on Friday for lunch at Schilling Beer. If you have not been to Schilling before they are located on Amonoosuc River in Western New Hampshire, about a 2 hour drive from my house. The menu is limited to wood fired pizza and meat/cheese plates but everything I have tried from them has been excellent. Beer is European style so you won’t see any juicy IPAs, but everything is very well done, true to style and tasty. I had the Schlaumeier a Bavarian-style Hefeweizen – 4.8% ABV and my wife had the Poppy’s Moonship Gose 4.7% ABV. Both were excellent and paired well with the Maple Bacon Chicken and Pesto with Chicken pizzas. You can find out more about Schilling by visiting their website. www.schillingbeer.com
Weekly Cellar Poll
The first couple weeks I picked out some bottles that have been around for a while that I wanted to try. This week I simply opened the door and grabbed the first 5 small format bottles I could find. Some interesting choices and a wide variety of styles.
– Wild Trillium – Wild saison aged in oak barrels.
– Flanders Drive – Sour red ale aged in bourbon barrels
– Angel of Darkness – Wild ale w/boysenberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cherries and aged in Oloroso sherry casks
– Fayston Maple Stout – Imperial stour with a maple twist
– Consecration – Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants added.