|Me with this Divine Concoction|
Divine Reserve No. 12 will be released Tuesday, July 31. Not every store will get it tomorrow. It may take the entire week before everybody gets their allotment. Also, while the kegs will be delivered this week, not all accounts will put it on draft right away. Some may even age it. You can search Twitter under #DR12 to see where people are finding bottles and draft.Mezzanine Lounge on Greenbriar and 59 (SW Freeway) was going to tap their keg at 5 PM on Saturday, August 4th. I busted my rear end to get there, right at 5 PM and was one of the first to get a glass on tap. This was a darn good ALT beer. Now for my impressions:
DR12 is an old ale and was inspired by David Rogers' winning entry in the 2011 Big Batch Brew Bash. There are two definitions of Old Ales. The first is an ale in the old style, which refers to an ale bigger than regular ales. This was the more common definition up to 15 years ago. Our Christmas Ale is an example of this style. The newer definition is a very high alcohol ale that has been aged. This is what DR12 is, except that you have to supply the aging. We did condition DR12 in the fermenters for over 2 months.
DR12 is a very big ale with the high alcohol (10%) creating a spicy malt and hop flavor. Aging will allow the alcohol to oxidize and create sherry flavors that will round out the beer. It will age best if stored cold. This beer will come into its own in a year and should be drinking great 5 years from now.
When pouring this beer, we highly recommend decanting it, pouring it slowly and smoothly and leaving the last ounce or so in the bottle. You
can pour this into a separate glass if you wish, but you will find that the decanted portion tastes brighter and cleaner. The nose has rich malt notes and a little alcohol that combines with a spicy hop note to create a complex bouquet. The taste has a spicy, malty beginning that smoothes out into a creamy middle and a warming finish. Also, make sure to let this beer warm up before your drink it. It is best enjoyed at around 50° F.
While most of DR12 was packaged in 6 packs, for the first time there will also be a small amount available in 22 oz bottles.
This beer is a mostly clear amber colour. Has a slight head to it. It starts with a woody bitter top note--like you get a hint of the barrel it was aged in. Next, I exprienced a cloudy semi hoppy middle. This was were I got the bitter hop bite. This was were there was this mellow essence that mitigated the bitterness of the hops. This is a damn good beer. And then as I swallowed, the final taste I caught was a hoppy,bitter cold finish.
After finishing the beer, I was tasting sour black cherries for nearly an hour afterwards. This is unusual in my beer drinking experience. Usually you might have a yeasty aftertaste, no aftertaste, or a bitter, hoppy aftertaste. Instead I tasted sour black cherries. This is really making me wonder what this beer will be like after its been cellared and allowed to age properly. I need to get some latex or wax and properly seal one of my bombers and allow it to age in the fridge for a couple of years.
One of the best DRs I've ever had from Saint Arnold! And I've had DRs 9 through 12!!!
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Remember to DRINK Hoppy, Y'all!!!