Belgianfest 2015 took place just two weeks ago in Seattle (January 31st at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center at Pier 66). It was one of the first places this year (and every year), that you can try Black Raven Brewing Company‘s annual release of Bourbon Barrel Aged La Petite Mort. This Belgian Strong Dark Ale is delicious on its own but when it’s bourbon barrel aged, it gets even better.
I had to laugh just a bit when the crowds were let in to this year’s Belgianfest too because people, literally, started running towards a few different breweries, particularly Black Raven. Calm down, people, there’s enough for everyone! Well, honestly, that’s not always the case. I can recall a few years back when Black Raven actually ran out of La Petite Mort only halfway through the first session of Belgianfest. It was that popular. I guess those running for their booth were determined that, this year, they were going to have some.
The rush for Bourbon Barrel Aged La Petite Mort has pretty much subdued now, but hot on its heels is its cousin, La Mort Rouge. This version takes La Petite Mort and ages it not in bourbon barrels, but in red wine barrels (this year from Efeste Winery).
Here is some more information about this release from Black Raven Brewing Company:
La Mort Rouge is born from a marriage between La Petite Mort, our dark Belgian style strong ale, and red wine barrels from our friends at Efeste winery in the Woodinville valley. In La Mort Rouge, we use multiple specialty malts to create a rich, complex beer and then balance that with red wine tannin from maturation in barrels.
LIMITED ANNUAL RELEASE: Taproom only with 375ml bottles to follow later in the month. Sorry, no growler fills.
This year’s La Mort Rouge is set to release tomorrow, February 10th, when Black Raven opens their taproom at 3 PM. As noted above, it will only be available on tap at The Raven’s Nest upon it’s 2/10 release and will be available later in February in 375ml bottles. If bourbon barrel aged beers aren’t your thing, or you prefer the taste of beers aged in wine barrels, then you’ll want to give La Mort Rouge a try. Drop by Black Raven Brewing tomorrow to have a taste.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.