So yesterday (09/26/2015) was my 28th birthday and I feel like I experienced one of the biggest coincidences of my craft beer-loving life so far. So as Ryan and I were sitting around, preparing to clean the house for people to come over later that night I came across a post from Craft Food & Beverage Company on Facebook. They had just received 5 bottles of the The Boston Beer Company’s 2012 Samuel Adams Utopias that morning and had already sold 2 of them.
I had been planning to use Unibroue’s Trois Pistoles as both my 600th beer for the blog as well as my birthday beer for the night before I came across this unexpected post. To me, this is one of the those once in a lifetime beers, and for them to get 5 in on the day of my birthday, as well as my 600th beer, was too crazy to pass up. The Sam Adams Utopias was amazing and I ended up still drinking the beer from Unibroue too as my 601st beer! I only had a little bit of the Utopias since it clocks in at 27% alcohol by volume (ABV). I also want to throw a special thank you to my mom for agreeing to help pay for this $150 CI ($187 US) beer as a birthday present and Ryan for helping convince me to hurry to Craft to go pick it up. After we left they only had one.
The 2012 edition of Samuel Adams Utopias marked the 10th anniversary and came in a black 1 pint 8 fl oz bottle shaped like a copper brew kettle. Samuel Adams Utopias is a blend of different batches and came with a pamphlet supplying copious amounts of information on it. The 2012 release included some beer from the original Triple Bock that has been aging for almost 20 years. The beer was also aged in Buffalo Trace single-use bourbon casks, Tawny Port casks, Vintage Ruby Port casks from Portugal, and rum barrels from Nicaragua. It also says they bottled only 54 wooden barrels of Samuel Adams Utopias in 2012.
The Boston Beer Company, makers of Samuel Adams Utopias, is located in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Their website also provides more information about this beer. Some special ingredients included maple syrup and KMF (Kosmic Mother Funk). The malt varieties are listed as Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Caramel 60, and Munich. Hallertau Mittelfruh, Spalt Spalter, and Tettnang Tettnager are listed as the hop varieties; and it says they also use two proprietary Samuel Adams yeasts.
This beer is almost impossible to place in a style category but I’ll list the ones from the top beer websites anyway. Samuel Adams Utopias is listed as a American Strong Ale by Beeradvocate and Untappd, and as a Barley Wine by ratebeer.
My 601st beer was Unibroue’s Trois Pistoles, a 9% alcohol by volume (ABV) Abbey Style Strong Dark Ale from Unibroue located in Chambly, Quebec, Canada. I picked this beer up on Friday from the West Indies Wine Company in Camana Bay on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands, assuming it would be my 600th beer.
Unibroue’s website includes a lot of information about Trois Pistoles and I think I’ll just take everything they have provided and post it below.
Origin: Chambly, Quebec
Brewed since: 1997
Style: Abbey Style Strong Dark Ale
Color: Dark brown
Clarity: Opaque, cloudy
Head: Rich lacy beige foam
Nose: Strong malt flavor, roasted aromas with chocolate, brown rum, and spice
Flavor: Slightly sweet. Enhanced by accents of roasted malt, cocoa, ripe fruit and dark spices with a smooth finish like an old port.
Aftertaste: Pleasantly lingers on
Suggested serving temperature: 8º–10ºC, better at 12º–14ºC / 46°-50°F, better at 53°- 57°F
Suggested glass: Chalice or balloon
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