Three Taverns Theophan the Recluse is shipping again in January, 2016. The beer kicked off the brewery’s 750ml series last year. Recluse is brewed with a mix of eight specialty dark malts, Muscovado sugar, and a Belgian yeast strain.
2016’s recipe has been slightly adjusted from past brews. Three Taverns has dialed down the lighter adjunct sugars and dialing up the heavier and darker malt sugars for a more viscous version of the imperial stout. This translates (as they put it): dialing down the Belgian aspects, and dialing up the Russian aspects. Sorry Belgians.
Theophan the Recluse was a Russian monk known for the spiritual depth and complexity of his writings. We consider him a perfect namesake for this rich, complex imperial stout, brewed with eight specialty malts, dark Muscovado sugar and a Belgian yeast strain. Deep, mysterious, full-bodied and indefinably exotic, Theophan the Recluse is meant to transport drinkers to a place of deep contemplation, mystical insight and inspired conversation.
Three Taverns Theophan the Recluse has been a home run for the brewery, ever since the beer debut a few years ago. Available in 750 milliliter bottles and draft. A bourbon barrel-aged edition has been available in the past as well (aka Departed Spirit).