Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Palo Santo Marron

Last night a couple of the guys finally made it over for a few brews. We had a great time sampling some styles and brewery's. We sampled Driftwood's new Blackstone Porter against Rogue's Mocha Porter (Driftwood is a nice, traditional English porter!). We had a couple Belgian style ales in Driftwood's Brother Bart's Belgian Brown (dubbel) and Unibroue's Chamblay Noire (dark ale).

The kicker though, was when I pulled out a bottle of Dogfish Head's Palo Santo Marron. This beer is definitely on the more extreme side of things and oh so friggin' delicious. It's a high ABV (12%) brown ale aged in the unique Palo Santo wood. Dogfish Head describes it:

An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented brown ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. The caramel and vanilla complexity unique to this beer comes from the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood from which these tanks were crafted. Palo Santo means "holy tree" and it's wood has been used in South American wine-making communities.

This beer is a 12% abv, highly roasty, and malty brown ale aged on the Palo Santo wood.

Add to that the immense amount of cane sugar added from Africa and you have a monstrous, unique brew. I personally really dig it. The guys compared it to a port.

I post this only because it is such a unique brew and because there are some sweet videos about how it was made and about the wood. You can check it out below. The beer can be a bit difficult to find in BC (and is a touch on the expensive side) but definitely worth a try.

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