Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad, aka “BBQ” has been a part of the brewery’s Smokestack Series for years. The Kansas City based brewery ages a quadrupel in bourbon barrels with cherries for the release.
Starting in September, this popular Smokestack member is switching over to 12 ounce bottles, and becoming a year-round release.
Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel’s share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.
The brewery has instituted this new format change for one of the brewery’s most loved beers. You’ll find “BBQ” in 12 ounce bottles, a part of a 4-pack, year-round going forward.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: September, 2016
11% ABV, 19 IBUs
Image: Boulevard Brewing
Jester King Fantome Del Rey, the Texas edition and follow up to the 2014 Fantome collaboration releases today.
The Texas edition of Jester King Fantome Del Rey is a blend of old and young barrel aged beer. (AKA Bière de Courage.) The older piece of this blend is the 2014 edition from 2014, brewed with barley, dark candi syrup, coriander, and black peppercorns. That beer was fermented in stainless steel with truffle honey before headed to oak barrels.
Sadly, thanks to restrictive beer laws in Jester’s home state, the beer couldn’t be released there.
In 2015, Jester King brewed the young edition of the collaboration, and blended it with the old.
Jester King Fantome Del Rey (Texas Edition) will be available by the glass, and to-go in 750 milliliter bottles when the tap room opens on May 6th, 2016.
8.8% ABV, 19 IBUs
Left Hand Wicked JuJu is now available. Think of the brewery’s Good JuJu with a dark side.
The JuJu line is best known for Good JuJu, a wheat beer brewed with fresh ginger. As for Left Hand Wicked JuJu, imagine an imperial edition of the tried and true favorite, brewed with darker malt, and candi sugar.
Good JuJu’s Voodoo goes darque. Consecrated in observance of the light and darkness in all creatures, fresh juiced ginger and dark roasted malt are brewed together to pour black with slight ginger heat giving way to to chocolate malt sweetness. Invoke the good spirits and give reverence to the wicked with each divine drop.
The gingery series looks like this: Good JuJu led to Great JuJu (an imperial edition of the original). Now, Left Hand Wicked JuJu a roastier edition is a 22 ounce bottle release.
Heavy Seas Plank IV is the fourth offering to join the brewery’s unique “Plank Project” Series.
Heavy Seas started the Plank Project back in 2011. The project’s concept is to push the boundaries of what wood will do to the base beer’s flavor. The wood’s flavor has been altered/manipulated with heat for a more unique flavor transfer.
To create Heavy Seas Plank IV, the brewery aged a Belgian-style strong ale on four different wood styles that have been kilned, almost to the point of charring, including Poplar, Cherry, Jamaican allspice, Cuban cedar.
A deep garnet hued brew with rich caramel malt flavors dominate the nose and pallet. Fruity esters of plum, raisin, and dates abound,” says Christopher Leonard, Heavy Seas Brewmaster and Operations Manager.
Heavy Seas Plank IV is available in 22 ounce bottles in March and April in all 18 states the brewery currently distributes.
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Release: March, 2016
11.25% ABV, 22 IBUs
Wicked Weed Hiver Sommeil is by our estimates, the second release in the “Hiver” line of beers. “Hiver” translates to winter in French.
The December release was a spicy, bourbon barrel-aged dark sour, Hiver Joie. The second release – Wicked Weed Hiver Sommeil (Winter Sleep) is a Belgian-style tripel, brewed with candi sugar and honey. The twist however, is the use of the wild yeast Brettanomyces in the fermentation process.
Hiver Sommeil is reflective of all that we owe to the old world beer styles. This barrel-aged Belgian-style Tripel is brewed with honey and Belgian Candy Sugar and finished with our house Brettanomyces culture. River Sommeil is an offering of gratitude to the rest winter brings. Sleep sweet.
Wicked Weed Hiver Sommeil is a 500 mililiter bottle offering. This release has not yet been announced by the brewery.
Orpheus The Ferryman Imperial Stout bottles ship out the first week of December. The imperial stout is brewed with hazelnuts and vanilla beans.
Approach Charon, and pay the price to be taken the land of emptiness and silence. Stare deep into The Ferryman, and be transfixed by the blackness of this Imperial Stout, while the enticing, rich aroma of chocolate, hazelnuts, and vanilla pulls you in, soothing you to stillness.
Atlanta artist Tanner Wilson created the artwork for Orpheus The Ferryman Imperial Stout. Available in 22 ounce bottles and draft.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Hazelnuts, Vanilla Beans, Candi Sugar)
Malts: Golden Promise, Munich, Simpsons DRC, Honey Malt, Simpsons Honey Brown, Chocolate Wheat, Roast Barley, Black, Flaked Barley
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft. Limited.
Release: December, 2015
New Belgium Blackberry Barley Wine Ale is coming to the brewery’s Lips of Faith Series. This release marks the first barleywine in the employee-owned Fort Collins, Colorado’s lineup.
The base beer is a barleywine brewed with fresh blackberries and candi sugar.
Smooth as the silk ascot you should be wearing while sipping this barley wine ale brewed with fresh blackberries. A trip under your nose reveals aromas of toasted oak, caramel toffee and burgundy. Sip with purpose.
New Belgium Blackberry Barley Wine Ale will be available in 22oz bottles and draft.
Style: Barleywine (w/ Blackberries)
Malts: Pale, Munich, Caramel Munich, Oats
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.