I recently attended the 9th annual Belgian Fest at Seattle Center. I’m a big fan of well-made Belgian style beers and Belgian Fest offers some of the very best Belgian beers made by breweries in Washington State. This year’s event featured well over 40+ Washington breweries, each pouring their very best Belgian Ales.
With so many breweries pouring so many different Belgian Ales, you’d think there would be no reason to go back for a 2nd sample of anything, in the interests of trying as many different beers as possible. You’d be right to think this way but that’s now how things always work out. The goal of trying every single beer offered at a festival is noble but usually unrealistic. Believe me. I’ve tried. These days, if I find a beer at a festival that I truly enjoy, I’ll definitely go back for more.
One brewery that usually has me coming back for more, especially at Belgian Fest, is Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor). I visited their booth two if not three times this year, going back for two of my favorites: La Mort Bourbon and La Mort Rouge. These award winning Belgian Dark Strong Ales are aged in Bourbon and red wine barrels respectively.
Here is a bit more about this year’s La Mort Rouge release from Black Raven Brewing Company:
LA MORT ROUGE 2018
Belgian style dark ale aged in red wine barrels
Release date: Saturday, February 10th
We have aged our 2017 Belgian inspired dark ale, La Petite Mort, in red wine barrels for almost one year. The use of red wine barrels has added a level of tannins which linger with the soft undertones of previous resident of the barrels. The wine notes linger deep and rich against the forefront of malt and background of a subtle woodiness.
Honest beer styles grow from adherence to location. In the Northwest the gap between wine and beer is shrinking because locally we produce complex, unique and world class styles of both. This is partially due to growing conditions which yield complex grapes, and some of the worlds most prolific, varied and layered hops. This yields opportunities rich in experimentation.
Draft and 375ml bottles to go (4 bottle limit)
If you want to get your hands on some of this year’s La Mort Rouge, I suggest you plan on heading out to The Raven’s Nest (Black Raven’s brewery taproom in Redmond) during the release this Saturday the 10th. Some may make it to distribution, but Black Raven only produced 30 cases of La Mort Rouge this year, so it may not last long.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.