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Burlington Peach of Mind

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During the leadup to Halloween, I get in the mood by watching tons of horror movies. I usually snag some seasonal beer to pair with my spooky viewing habits, but there are multiple approaches to pairing beer. Pumpkin beers and Märzens are great complements, but you can also gain traction by contrasting gruesome visuals with bright and refreshing beer, which is where this peach dosed saison comes in. He says, as if pairing beer with movies is a real thing.

This is a saison brewed with Saccharomyces Bruxellensis Trois (formerly known as Brettanomyces Bruxellensis Trois, so changed due to some genetic sequencing research - all the gory details are available if you want to really nerd out), which lends "characteristics of mango and pineapple", which seem like a good complement to the peaches and plums added to this beer. Let's dive in:

Burlington Peach of Mind

Burlington Peach of Mind - Pours a cloudy orangish yellow with a finger or two of fluffy white head. Smells very nice, saison spice, a hint of musty funk, with a heaping helping of those peaches and other fruity esters. Taste hits the yeasty spice notes lightly up front with some earthy character and fruit (peach is there, but it's not overpowering) emerging quickly and lasting through the finish, which has a nice tart note to it (though not full-on sour, as is proper). Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, well carbonated, low acidity, bright and refreshing. Overall, a well executed, bright peach saison with hint of funk. A-

Beer Nerd Details: 6.5% ABV bottled (750 ml). Drank out of a flute glass on 10/7/16. Bottled: 8/4/16.

My supplies secured during Operation Cheddar V are rapidly dwindling. Only a couple things left, including one more Burlington sour that I can't believe I haven't drank yet. Look for a review of that in the nearish future. In the meantime, I've got a big cache of IPA reviews piling up that I think you'll be interested in next week.

Burlington Chunky

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You wouldn't expect peanut butter beers to be much of a trend, but then, what isn't a trend in beer these days? If brewers are throwing everything and the kitchen sink into their beers, why not peanut butter? Well, it turns out that putting actual peanut butter or peanuts into the brew isn't particularly wise because they're full of oils that don't play nice with beer (particularly with respect to head retention). But you can use peanut extract or peanut butter powder, which has most oils and fat removed. Then prepare yourself to fend off accusations of gimmickry! It's all part of the beer game.

Over the past few years, I've seen quite a few of these beers picking up steam and turning some heads. Sweet Baby Jesus, Purple Monkey Dishwasher, and Liquid Bliss are all pretty decent beers with intense peanut buttery character. I'm sure Funky Buddha's artificial flavor wizards have cooked up something like this too (update: it's called No Crusts). It is an unexpected flavor for a beer, but once you get over the initial shock, it sorta feels comforting, conjuring nostalgic memories of PB&J sandwiches or Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Gimmicky? Definitely. Certainly not something I go out of my way for or even crave very much, but it's nice to branch out every once in a while and I'm a big tent kinda guy.

During my latest spin through Vermont, I noticed that I was basically purchasing all IPAs and saisons, so I deliberately snagged Burlington Beer Co.'s Chunky, a 12% ABV peanut butter porter (apparently this batch used 50% more peanut butter powder), in order to, well, not balance out my purchases... But after drowning in IPAs for a while, this was a welcome change of pace:

Burlington Beer Company Chunky

Burlington Beer Co. Chunky - Pours a lighter brown color than your typical porter or stout, but still dark enough, with a finger of off white head. Smells decent, that peanut butter comes through, but also a bit of bitter chocolate and even a hint of something fruitier. Taste starts off quite sweet, light on the peanut butter but it's there in the middle, finishing on that odd fruity note. The peanut butter character is not huge, but then, it doesn't feel artificial either (a trap some of these beers fall into). Mouthfeel is well carbonated (but not overcarbonated), medium to full bodied (perhaps a bit lighter than you'd expect for a 12% beer, but I wouldn't call it too thin either), a hint of boozy heat. Overall, it's an interesting take on the peanut butter stout, a little less focused on the peanut character than your typical take, but maybe more interesting for that. B+

Beer Nerd details: 12% ABV bottled (750 ml). Drank out of a snifter glass on 9/17/16. Vintage: Limited Release 2016.

One more Burlington beer in the pipeline, and I have a feeling it's going to be a good one, so keep your eyes peeled for that one soon enough...

Burlington Beer Co. Double Feature

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I know what you're thinking: Ugh, more Vermont Double IPAs? Well, um, get used to it jerks, because we got a few more VT DIPAs in the pipeline this week. And for good reason! These VT brewers love them some hops, and when Kaedrin friend Cian McGuire heard I was passing through town, he suggested I stop in and say hello, which was a great idea. I got a small taste of Strawberry Whale Cake (a tasty little hoppy cream ale made with strawberries) and saw Cian packaging some beer, and picked up a bunch of stuff. In fact, I think the only dark beer I picked up during Operation Cheddar V was from here (a peanut butter porter called Chunky), so there is that. But first we've got to drink those hoppy beers fresh, so we've got a pair of DIPAs for your perusal.

First up is the awesomely named It's Complicated Being A Wizard, their year-round DIPA brewed with wheat and oats. Lovely artwork, and the title inspired me to break out the AD&D rulebooks. I am such a dork. It turns out, it really is complicated being a Wizard. So many spells, man. Just ask the Harrys, Potter and Dresden:

Its Complicated Being A Wizard
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Burlington Beer Co. It's Complicated Being A Wizard - Pours an almost clear (imagine that) golden yellow color with a finger of white head. Smell has a sweetness to it along with a decent citrus and pine hop aroma. Taste follows the nose, sweet, citrus and pine hops, hint of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is finely carbonated, light to medium bodied, crisp and clean. Goes down faster than your typical 8% DIPA. Overall, yet another tasty VT DIPA. B+

Beer Nerd Details: 8% ABV canned (16 ounce pounder). Drank out of a tulip glass on 8/13/16. Canned: 7/20/16. Batch: OCTARINE.

Next comes Peasant King, which is a heftier DIPA bordering on TIPA territory. I'd like to make another D&D reference here, but it seems there's actually a pretty robust history of commoners becoming monarchs. Go figure.

Peasant King

Burlington Beer Co. Peasant King - Pours a slightly hazier yet brighter golden yellow color with a finger of big bubbled head. Smells sweeter, with more citrus and pine hops. Taste starts off sweet, hits those citrus and pine notes, finishes with a bigger bitter bite. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, medium bodied, a little boozy. Overall, this is quite good. B+ or A-

Beer Nerd Details: 9% ABV canned (16 ounce pounder). Drank out of a tulip glass on 8/13/16. Canned: 7/27/16. Batch: HE IS HAPPIEST.

Phew, that's a lot of hoppy beer. Stay tuned, we've got two more doozies coming up this week. Then things should return to a more normal Saison and BBA stout fest.

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