The Alchemist Petit Mutant & Petit Mutant Cheese


Perhaps the most decadent cheese-beer pairing ever created. The Alchemist Petit Mutant , an oak aged sour cherry beer produced by one of the best breweries in the world.. paired with Willoughby cheese WASHED in Petit Mutant, which is made by one of the best cheese makers in America. What an epic combination!

“This special edition Willoughby celebrates the work of our friends at The Alchemist Brewery and their recent limited release beer;┬áPetit Mutant is an American Brett ale fermented entirely with Brettanomyces bruxellensis yeast. This approach lends a rustic backdrop to the beer’s bright, intensely fruity flavor – over a pound of Montmorency cherries go into the creation of each 16 ounce can. ┬áThese yeasty, juicy aromas are a perfect complement to our lightly pungent and richly creamy Willoughby.”


Final Rating: 4.5/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Alchemist Arome glass. Purchased at the brewery this past weekend. Paired with Alchemist cheese washed in Petit Mutant beer.

Pour a deep maroon body with a pink fizzy head that reduces quickly to leave little lacing and no retention.

Aromas are heavy cherry, lots of berries, that’s pretty much all I get here but it’s fantastic. Definitely going to be sour by the nose.

On the tongue is a significant tartness and a TON of cherries, so much cherry, I love it. Funky yeast comes through on the follow through, finishing dry. Mouthfeel is medium light with high carbonation, very refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall a very well done beer. Tons of cherry and balanced acidity. Would be great in a barrel to add some depth and complexity.


De Garde Avenue No. 1


De Garde Avenue Number 1 is a two year Wild Farmhouse blend ale with cherries aged in Oak Barrels. Blended with AltBrau & New Avenue for Youth

look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a DeGarde Tulip glass. Acquired as an extra from cdJensen, thank you sir!

Pours a dark cherry colored body, pretty hazy to the point of being opaque. Off-white, lightly pink tinted head reduces slowly to leave solid lacing and good retention. Really nice looking.

On the nose.. cherries, cherries, cherries, very potent and fresh cherries dominate.. not artificial at all, very reminiscent of a Belgian Kriek. Slightly medicinal, but I love that aroma.

On the tongue, the cherries aren’t as dominating but definitely present in the form of sour cherry warheads, drying, tart lactic acid, wine-ish, finishes with an ever so slight oak note. Finish is crisp, clean, and refreshing. Medium high carbonation.

Overall a delightful beer, very nicely blended to incorporate a perfect amount of cherry flavor. Pretty sour but not enough to take over the fruit notes.

Cigar City Double Barrel Hunahpu


Batch 2 opened for my first anniversary in Vermont.

Double Barrel Hunahpu’s is an imperial stout aged on Peruvian cacao nibs, ancho and pasilla chiles, cinnamon and Madagascar vanilla beans aged in apple brandy and rum barrels before being blended together.

Final Rating: 4.71/5
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 2016. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a cigar city snifter. Opened for my 1st anniversary in Hinesburg, VT. Allowed to warm over a couple hours while drinking it; this review was done about an hour in.

Pours a motor oil, viscous inkjet black body with a one finger super dark brown head – the head on this beer is as dark as the body of some stouts I’ve had. This may be the thickest, most “stouty” looking beer I’ve ever seen!

On the nose lots going on here but predominately barrel character on the nose – brandy sticks out, maybe from vanilla from the rum barrels, cocoa, dark fruits, chocolate, and a tad bit of soy.

On the palate – where do I get started?! Initially it starts a bit sweet, liquid fudge followed by a rush of spices, cinnamon dominates, definitely getting peppers and a light spicyness from the peppers on the follow through. After that is sweet vanilla bourbon (brandy + rum barrels?), finished by a decadent dark chocolate roastyness that lingers on the tongue for ages.

Mouthfeel is extravagent – rich, thick, viscous, velvety. Very heavy body, low carbonation.

One of the best stouts I’ve tasted (well, more than just tasted, I finished the whole bottle ;)). This beer is highlighted by two attributes – it’s amazingly thick body and its complex flavor profile.