New artist prints are now available for sale in our online store. All of our label artists have created a limited run of hand printed and signed posters. This killer poster is by Junichi Tsuneoka for our Dubbel that will be available this summer.
Brouwerij West’s Dog Ate My Homework Ale with Blackberries (Picked up at Whole Foods, Berkeley). A 3 of 4. Really striking and quite interesting reddish purple color - and nice high carbonation. Lots of tart notes - almost like a tart apple and other light fruit as well. Quite effervescent and quite heavy on the blackberry - quite juicy and interesting. Ends up being very refreshing with a nice berry tartness, layered apparently on their saison as a base. Interesting - I’d have it again.
Coming off the bottling line today will be the first run of our new Tripel labels. Replacing the amazing work of James Flames will be this all new label from artist Ryan Duggan. See more his work at ryanduggan.com.
Bottles will ship this week and should be seen in stores soon!
Brouwerij West “Saison Extra”: Huh. Brouwerij West is located here in California. Picked up this cute little beer up at BeerCraft yesterday. The cat bottle art obviously drew me to this beer and being a Saison didn’t hurt either as it’s my favorite style brew. Beautiful spice and banana nose on this beer coupled with some citrus zest. Not overly funky, but it has an earthy presence. The flavor profile is decent. Has a lot of grainy, malty characteristics in the back of the palate. It’s kind of bubble gummy, but not really sweet. More bitterness than sweetness. A bit cidery with the mild carbonation. Finishes fairly dry. The Belgians do it better, but I’d be interested in finding more of Brouwerij West’s brews.
Brouwerij West’s Saison Extra (Picked up at Ledger’s Liquors). A 2 of 4. Always good to try new breweries from the area! A relatively simple saison with your typical dry and yeasty body, and some light citrus notes in the nose. Not much nuance out of the yeast, unfortunately, but a decently thick body that drinks easily and has a clear saison character. Decent, but no wow here. Still, I’d happily try more from Brouwerij West.
Brouwerij West “My First Rodeo” Wild Yeast Brett Saison: Although this wasn’t my first time visiting Congregation Ale House Chapters, this was my first time at the Long Beach Chapter. I wanted to get as much local flavor as possible so Brouwerij West, based out of Palos Verdes Estates, was a perfect choice. Big spice profile with loads of banana. Very funky with the Brett with a bit of citrus zest. It really teetered between the sweetness of the banana and a sour-tartness of the Brettanomyces. Earthy and grassy, fairly dry with lingering spice. This is a much more enjoyable interpretation of a saison by Brouwerij West then their Saison Extra.
Brouwerij West is one of the newest breweries in Southern California, having started in August of last year. Brouwerij is pronounced like it’s English equivalent “Brewery.” I look forward to what other ales they bring to the market, as I enjoyed this Tripel.
It’s a super sweet strong golden bodied ale. It tastes as though the sweetening ingredient was confectioners sugar, as it has that zing to it. I found it overall, very refreshing on the palate. A well balanced strong ale.
In recognition of the overwhelming support and our 2,000th follower on Tumblr, the first three people to post and tag an image of any of our bottles numbered in the two thousands (ie. bottle 2421 of 10000) will get a free artist signed screen print.
Here is our newest label art for Brouwerij West Blond created by artist Justin Santora. This batch of blond has also been dry hopped, adding a more floral nose to the beer and a dryer finish. Look for these new bottles in stores now.