New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek

A collaboration between New Belgium and Brewerij Boon, Transatlantique is a combination of two separate beers, brewed in Fort Collins and Belgium respectively. The base beer is a traditional Belgian lambic that spent two years in oak at Boon before being shipped across the pond to New Belgium, where it was blended with a non-wild Belgian golden and given a hefty addition of cherries. The end result is a slightly tart, slightly musty, sort-of-lambic that is defined by a pervasive cherry sweetness throughout.

New Belgium La Folie

La Folie is back! A much anticipated and almost universally beloved beer amongst sour fans, La Folie makes its annual return this February. Aggressively sour, La Folie exhibits notes of cherry and raspberry, as well as an earthy/woody quality, on top of the dominant lactic sourness. If you’re a fan of sours this is a must buy.

New Belgium Cascara Quad

The newest offering in the Lips of Faith lineup, this particular quad is brewed with cascara, a tiny dark berry found on coffee plants. Similar to darker fruits in flavor, the cascara addition imparts a uniquely complex dark fruit undertone, reminiscent of sweet cherries. Additions of date sugar and Belgian candy sugar lend an additional sweetness to the beer, which is in turn balanced out by notes of tobacco derived from the cascara. 

Funkwerks Dark Prophet

A rerelease of a beer brewed last year by Funkwerks, Dark Prophet was originally billed as a “dark Saison” back in 2012, but the labeling has been amended to “Belgian-style dark ale” for this year’s release,  which is certainly a more fitting description stylistically. Aged in bourbon barrels, Dark Prophet oozes notes of sweet bourbon, vanilla, and caramel from its repose in barrels, accompanied by hints of cocoa and dark fruit from the base beer. If you tried this beer last year and weren’t particularly impressed (as was the case with myself), then give it another shake this time around; they have certainly tweaked the recipe for the better from last year.

Elevation Oil Man

The newest bottle release from Elevation, Oil Man is a hefty imperial stout aged in Breckenridge Bourbon barrels. Decadently viscous, Oil Man is chock-full of malt roastiness, sweet chocolate, bitter cacao, vanilla, and caramel-like bourbon, which is all tied together by a pleasant alcohol heat throughout. Fans of both stouts and whiskey barrel aged beers will not be disappointed.

Elevation Senorita

An imperial porter from Elevation, Senorita is brewed to resemble the popular mexican drink Horchata. Luxuriously thick, Senorita exhibts notes of sweet chocolate, cinammon, vanilla,  and malt roastiness, with a subtle bitterness (piney hops? cacao?) in the end.

Trinity Pappy Legba

A massive (13%ABV) Saison from Trinity, Pappy Legba is one dangerous old geezer. Brewed with a hefty addition of cherry puree, Pappy Legba does a fantastic job of masking its abnormally high ABV with notes of sweet cherry and zesty Saison yeast. A minor tartness from the cherry addition appears here and there during the drink as well, though it is much more restrained than many of the other wild-yeast focused beers in Trinity’s lineup.

Trinity Swingline

A hoppy sour ale? Que es esto? Leave it to Trinity to to push the envelope on beer styles. Clocking in at 100 IBUs, Swingline is fermented with both Brett and Lacto, aged in oak, and aggressively dry hopped. Additions of coriander and tangerine zest further accentuate the hop flavors while simultaneously adding a subtle fruit character to the sour notes.

Boulevard Grainstorm

A brand new black rye IPA from Boulevard, Grainstorm seems to be arriving a little late to the black IPA party, but what it lacks in timing, it makes up for in balance. Stout-dark on the pour, Grainstorm strikes a wonderful balance between rye spiciness, roasted malt, and aggressive bittering hops. A more nuanced black IPA, Grainstorm has enough complexity to standout amongst a plethora of fairly forgettable black IPAs.

Odell Amuste

The newest 750mL release from Odell, Amuste is a porter brewed with wine grapes and aged in wine barrels. Odell's stated goal with this beer was to find a way to seamlessly combine the wayward flavors of wine and beer into a single hybrid beverage, and they seem to have pulled it off wonderfully. Notes of chocolate, mild coffee, and subtle roastiness are all present from the base porter, with additional notes of vineous/mildly sweet grape popping up from the grape additions. The end is rounded out nicely by a lingering dryness that contains hints of white grape and tannic oak barrel, perfectly complimenting the relatively sweet profile of the beer in general.

Dry Dock Cans

Dry Dock recently began canning their beer, moving their popular Apricot Blonde and Heffe to six-packs, and adding two new additions to their portfolio: Hop Abomination IPA and an Amber. The Amber is highly traditional in style, dominated by notes of smooth caramel malt and mild toffee. Hop Abomination is an aggressively hopped IPA more akin to the west coast style, exuding prominent grapefruit notes punctuated by a pronounced earthy bitterness on the back end.

Left Coast Four-Packs

Left Coast recently moved some of their beer from the 22oz bomber format into 12oz four-packs. Three of their beers so far have made the transition (Trestles, Voodoo, and Hop Juice), while the fourth, Una Mas, is a brand new amber ale.