Rare Beer Club 4-Bottle Selections - July 2024

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The Last Sipper (RBC Exclusive)

The Lost Abbey – Vista, CA

[Blended Oak-aged Imperial Brown Ale - 11.5% ABV]

Wheatwine Ale (RBC Exclusive)

Most of our Rare Beer Club members will instantly recognize the names "Port Brewing" and "The Lost Abbey", and Tomme Arthur - the gifted brewer associated with both. All three names have come to mean excellence in brewing and envelope-pushing, boundary-testing beers. We've had the good fortune of working with Tomme previously on several Rare Beer Club exclusives, and this month we're again honored to feature a beer Tomme produced especially for our members - this time to celebrate our company's 30th Anniversary!

The Last Sipper is a blended oak-aged Imperial Brown Ale (blend of bourbon barrel-aged Quadrupel and American Strong Ale) made exclusively for our 30th Anniversary, and available only through the club and the Lost Abbey taproom in very limited amounts. This deep, dark brown ale presents rich and bountiful aromas, with the bourbon barrel notes leading the way, bringing in lots of toasty oak, vanilla, and caramel. The dark malts of the two brews add beautifully developed chocolate and roasted malts, toasty toffee, dark brown sugar and molasses, and lightly sweet spices. Intertwined is a dense layer of raisin and blackberry, adding a luscious fruity note, plus some nutty influences. On the palate, The Last Sipper is full bodied with a rich, creamy mousse. We get impactful cocoa and roasted elements from the quadrupel and strong ales, and the toasty oak, vanilla, and caramel of the bourbon barrels. The fruity aroma notes are even more prominent in the flavor, with lots of chewy raisin and blackberry flavors, plus hints of dried dates, all supported by deeply roasted malt and toasted nuts, light char, and tannic bourbon roundness. It's another exceptional blended ale from The Lost Abbey, capable of extended additional maturation.

Three Fates

Barrel of Monks Brewing – Boca Raton, FL

[Belgian-Style Tripel - 9% ABV]

Wild #3

Barrel of Monks Brewing was founded by a small group of good friends who wanted to follow the less-frequented path of creating a U.S. brewery focused exclusively on making Belgian-style beers. The South Florida brewery opened in 2015, after the founding members had spent time in Belgium traveling about and learning how their favorite Belgian beers were created. Together they've worked to build one of the most beloved up-and-coming breweries in Florida-highlighting the craftsmanship and wide range of brewery offerings first developed in Belgium. The brewery is also partnered up with Odd Breed Wild Ales in Pompano Beach, Florida, which focuses more on wild ales of all varieties.

Three Fates was the first beer the brewery produced, and they went through over 20 batches before settling on the exact yeast strain that would give this tripel the character they were looking for. This golden amber brew offers up aromatics of stone fruit and pear blossoms, clove, white pepper, and honeyed brioche backed by notes of caramel, floral hops, and tangerine citrus, with hints of bublegum. On the palate, we find instantly recognizable flavors of ripe stone fruit such as peach, apricot, and yellow plums, with bright tangerine citrus notes closely following. Gentle touches of clove and white pepper emerge, followed by bready malts with hints of caramel and honey. The Belgian yeast brings in even more flavors of sweet spiced apples, traces of bubblegum, and white grapes. That honeyed malt flavor is prominent throughout, delivering a lively sweetness at its core, complemented by the yeast's hints of white pepper and delicate clove undertones. It boasts a robust malt-driven character that is nicely balanced by the yeast and some grippy hop bitterness, resulting in an unexpectedly dry aromatic profile and culminating in a complex and delicious tripel. Three Fates is in very low distribution outside of their local area in Boca Raton (just a couple hundred cases a year), with 750ml bottles only being offered in the Rare Beer Club and the Barrel of Monks taproom.

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