Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lavery Rum Barrel Imperial French Ale

Type: barrel aged ale/saison
Origin: Erie, PA
Price: ?
ABV: 12.5%
NSP: ?

I acquired this in a trade a few days ago and my trade partner was a huge fan of this. You can check out his video review here. I had never heard of Lavery Brewing, so I was definitely intrigued to try them out. There is also a bourbon and tequila barrel aged version of this beer, as well as the original un-barrel aged version.

My first impression is everyone needs to try this. It is one of the most interesting beers I have had in quite some time and even if french ales/rum is not your thing, you should still try this. The smell on this is dominated by sweet coconut and pineapple and reminds me of a pina colada. The taste is smooth, and switches over to more of a mai tai in flavor. Don't let my comparisons to tropical drinks scare you away; first and foremost, this is a french imperial saison and has all those flavors lingering on. The pineapple and coconut are simply the second layer on a pretty phenomenal base beer. Definitely one of those beers I wish I had more of.

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