Matt Vandenberghe and Matt Bonney of Brouwers/Bottleworks trekked over to Colorado to attend the Great American Beer Festival and made their way over to Fort Collins to pay New Belgium a little visit. Along with “some of the Click Distributing guys, their guys and Dave and Jennifer Keane (from the Toronado),” they did a full tasting of each and every one of [New Belgium’s] foedres [pronounced ‘footers’].”
Sidebar: Type in foedre beer into Google and you will see a bunch of links to New Belgium. They are famous for these 130 hL wooden aging vessels which (I believe) can also be found at Dogfish Head. Beer ages in these vessels for YEARS.
Bonney and Vandenberghe decided on a blend of three beers from foedres #3 , #13, and #2 [ed: anyone out there know more about New Belgium’s foedres?].
According to New Belgium Sensory Expert, Lauren Salazar, “This one actually used both our dark and light base beers – we usually use the dark for La Folie and the light for Eric’s Ale and Le Terroir, but they found a nice blend of both- old, mid and young barrels. After Eric blended and filtered he dosed the bottles and kegs with Brettanomyces Lambicus (not our house strain of brett), this one is known for its barnyard aromas- they really wanted to bring in the funk.”
“This beer turned out fantastic! Different from any of our sour blends before (which is exactly what they wanted) and much more brett forward- kinda like BdM and La Folie ran smack dab into each other.”