Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Local Option and Central Waters Brewing Company La Petite Mort

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Central Waters Brewing Company La Petite Mort - Malt Beverage Aged In Bourbon Barrels. I picked this bottle up at Jane’s Beer Store in Mountain View, CA (here). They have a fantastic selection and I highly recommend visiting them if you find yourself anywhere near the area.

Commercial description: “Bourbon Barrel Aged La Petite Mort is a Belgian inspired Weissenbock brewed as a one off collaboration between The Local Option and Central Waters Brewery in Amherst, Wisconsin. When Central Waters decided to open its brew house for its first collaboration beer, Chicago’s Local Option was the obvious partner in crime. The resulting brainchild, La Petite Mort - a Belgian inspired Weissenbock – maintains the traditional characteristics of its Bavarian forbearer, with the added complexity of Belgian ale yeast. La Petite Mort is dark amber in color; maintains a rich, full-bodied mouth-feel augmented by caramel; mild and dark fruit. Rounded out by an unostentatious bourbon driven aroma from brief bourbon barrel aging, Bourbon Barrel Aged La Petite Mort is a complex ale, a marriage of distinctive styles, and an orgasmic experience for the taste buds that revel in its glory.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a dark murky brown with slight amber highlights, a nice cream colored head and decent lacing.
Aroma: Huge bourbon nose followed by oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, molasses, dark fruits and a touch of coconut.
Taste: Bourbon is way up front, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, caramel, chocolate and roasted malts, toffee and a bit of spice.
Overall: Certainly a sipper, Central Waters Brewing Company La Petite Mort is smooth and boozy.  This 9.05% ABV offering was nice to try, but I don’t think a repeat for me.  I did enjoy it so for fans of this style check it out!


Mark Harvey

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