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Limited-Release, Celebratory Beers and Exclusive Selections

All of our selections are presented in 750 ml bottles; most are also cork finished and wire caged. We often help introduce products to the US market so you'll be the first to try them. You’ll also get beers brewed exclusively for our members, like Jolly Pumpkin’s Lupulo de Hielo, an oak-aged spiced blended ale.

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Barrels, Brett and Innovative Ingredients

We work with breweries like Belgium's Fantôme, where brewer Dany Prignon continues to dazzle the world of craft beer with products like Fantôme Chocolat, a Belgian saison brewed with cocoa powder and chili pepper. Many of our featured beers are aged in French oak, bourbon, or even cedar barrels and are brewed with brettanomyces and other wild yeasts.

 

Imperial and Extreme Beers

Many brewers are now offering beers to consumers in small-batch releases that were once enjoyed only by their inner circles. Imperial or Extreme beers are often bigger versions of existing styles. More malt, more hops, and much higher ABVs, some of which exceed 12%. They are often complex, celebratory offerings, meant to be shared and sipped as you would enjoy a fine spirit.

Bottles of beer aging at Brasserie de Cazeau

Selections You Can Age

Many selections will offer high enough hop acidities and ABVs to allow them to be laid down and aged. Members can easily reorder their favorite selections, set them aside, and see how they've matured in months and even years to come.




This Month's Featured Beers:

Brasserie Dunham – Saison du Pinacle

[Farmhouse Saison – 6.5% ABV] Produced by Quebec's Brasserie Dunham, Saison du Pinacle is one of the most delicious farmhouse-style saisons we've been lucky enough to encounter in a while. Dunham doesn't export much of this brew; only about 70 cases made it to the US last year and distribution is limited to just 4 or 5 states.

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Flying Fish Brewing Company – Exit 3 Blueberry Braggot

[Braggot with Blueberries – 15% ABV] Braggot is a sort of hybrid between beer and mead, and being brewed with honey, which is very fermentable, typically leads to a pretty high alcohol content. In addition to honey, Flying Fish's Exit 3 is brewed with blueberries, lending this 15% ABV beer a subtle berry overtone.

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Brouwerij Boon - 2016 Oude Geuze Boon Black Label

[Oude Geuze – 7% ABV] Let's start here: This is probably the tastiest geuze that Boon has ever released. First offered in late 2015 to celebrate the brewery's 40th anniversary, this drier take on geuze was inspired by the brewery's collaboration with Mikkeller — which resulted in Oude Geuze Boon "Bone Dry Selection" back in 2015. This month's featured Oude Geuze Boon Black Label is similar in overall profile — it's also a blend of beers aged 1, 2 and 3 years inside oak...

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Les Trois Mousquetaires - Hors Série Saison Brett

[Oak-Barrel-Fermented Saison w/ Brettanomyces, Hallertau Blanc & Huell Melon Hops – 7% ABV] One of our featured beers this month is a very special release from Les Trois Mousquetaires' Hors Séries of outside-the-box offerings — and one that really extends itself well beyond the frequent German focus of this Québec brewery. It's also our very favorite of the beers that we've ever tasted from these folks. This complex saison has been fermented entirely within oak barrels, for a period of approximately three months, first with a saison...

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High Water Brewing Company – Aphotic Limited Edition (RBC Exclusive)

[Imperial Porter with Cacao Nibs – 10.5% ABV] Meaning "without light", Aphotic is a deeply colored and richly malty imperial porter. This special version of Aphotic is being produced by High Water exclusively for Rare Beer Club members. Featuring an addition of cacao nibs from Ghana to amplify its decadent chocolate character, as well as an amped up recipe yielding an increase in ABV to 10.5%, this special limited run of Aphotic will see distribution exclusively through The Rare Beer Club, as well as a limited amount available at their Bay Area tap house.

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BJ's Brewhouse – Grand Cru XVII (2016)

[Strong Belgian-style Ale – 10.5% ABV] Known for good food and their own line of craft beers which have won numerous awards including multiple GABF Golds, BJ's takes their brewing very seriously. Heading up brewing operations is Alex Puchner, a founding member of our club's beer tasting panel. He's a dedicated Belgian beer lover and aficionado, and we're thrilled to have been able to work with him to bring our members 2016's limited-release Grand Cru, a strong Belgian-style ale which, outside of our club, will receive only limited distribution at some of BJ's California locations. Grand Cru is spiced with coriander and orange peel, and fermented with a very expressive Belgian yeast strain which offers spicy phenolic notes and fruity esters.

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St. Benedictus Abbey – Achel Trappist Extra

[Strong Trappist Ale – 9.5% ABV] St. Benedictus (Achel) remains the smallest of the six Trappist Belgium breweries (the others: Rochefort, Westmalle, Westvleteren, Orval and Chimay), and is the smallest monastery brewery in Belgium with production levels even lower than Westvleteren. Only 300 cases of their Achel Trappist Extra are available for the whole U.S. each year. Pouring a deep mahogany-amber color, this is a lighthearted but deeply complex beer, arguably in quadrupel terrain but quite different and smoother and more red-fruit-driven than any other quads that spring to mind. While traces of an expected Belgian yeast character do appear as pear and white pepper notes, there’s a whole lot of graceful malt character underpinning things as well, making for a perfectly synced combo of yeast characteristics and underlying ingredients.

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Crazy Mountain Brewing Company – Local’s Stash Reserve Series Black Barleywine (RBC Exclusive)

[Black Barleywine – 11% ABV] Crazy Mountain was gracious enough to brew this impressive black barleywine exclusively for our Rare Beer Club members. It’s being made exclusively for us with the only other distribution through their tasting room. This black beauty features a grain bill that is as immense as it is dark. With a deliciously chocolaty aroma, this English style Barleywine has dark malt and chocolate flavors that accompany the high alcohol percentage associated with the style.

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Grand Teton Brewing Company – Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Vision (RBC Exclusive)

[German-Style Doppelbock Aged in Bourbon Barrels – 11% ABV] We've long been fans of Grand Teton's Double Vision, so we’re excited to bring our members this bourbon barrel aged version which Grand Teton crafted especially for The Rare Beer Club. The beer offers a glorious range of malts, from caramel to chocolate to subtle roast to touches of dark coffee. 10 weeks of lagering time smooths everything out, and the extended time inside of bourbon barrels lends a huge amount of additional fruitines and round, plush sherry notes.

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Brasserie Dupont – Avec Les Bons Voeux

[Strong Holiday Saison – 9.5% ABV] We're huge fans of Dupont's seasonal, limited-release Avec Les Bons Voeux: a gloriously generous "super saison," crisp and massive all at once. White- and black-pepper yeast qualities present strongly in the aroma, with a complexity of fruit and baked elements underneath. This is toasty, for sure. There seems to be almost baklava-like layers of honeyed pastry and vanilla and breadiness, all of it lifted with a zesty punch of carbonation, an effervescence that lands right beside the pepper.

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