Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite

Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite...$4.49 / 11.2oz

Black ale with aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.
Rated A on BeerAdvocate.com
Rated 100 percentile on Ratebeer.com

4 Hands CA$H Mony

Back in stock at Rock Hill!

4 Hands Brewing CA$H MONY...$8.49 / 22oz
CA$H MONY is an Imperial IPA brewed with a wasteful amount of the very best hops we could secure.  An ample malt bill is paired with a huge dose of pungent hop flavor.  citrus dominates the aroma, accentuated by notes of melon, pine and tropical fruity.

Stuise Pannepot 2013

2013 Struisse Pannepot...$5.99 / 11.2oz

"In the early 1900s, the village of De Panne, close to the French border, was famous for two things -- the ‘Pannepots,’ or fishing boats, that could be seen along the coast, and the unique dark ale enjoyed by the local fishermen. Our Old Fisherman’s Ale is a tribute to these hardy sailors and their rich, flavorful brew. Unfiltered. Unpasteurized. Bottle-conditioned."
Rated 100 percentile on RateBeer

Black Albert in stock now!

Struise Black Albert Royal Stout 

#1 beer in the world by Beer Advocate December 2008 issue
#1 brewery in the world, De Struise - Ratebeer's Best 2008
#4 beer in the world by Ratebeer's Best 2008

We have not seen this one in a few years!

The very elusive and hard to get...
Struise Black Albert Royal Stout....$7.99 / 11.2oz
"This Belgian Royal Stout was brewed as a tribute to one of America’s best pubs. Jennifer and Chris Lively who run the place may be proud of Ebenezer’s Pub. Not only do they have 35 beers on draught, most of these are hard to find Supreme Belgian Ales. Above that, they have one of the most extensive bottle-conditioned beer lists through different bottling dates we have ever seen. Not only can you drink almost any Belgian beer, the worlds best brewery’s are represented. A lot of the guests talk about the American Kulminator, yet with that difference that the Belgian inspired food, is simply great. Black Albert was brewed and crafted with a 100% Belgian ingredients. Pours a blacker than black beer with an inch of dark tan head that lingers as it cascades into itself. Nice aroma of bitter-sweet chocolate, fresh torrified coffee beans, barley, candy sugar, complex fruits, and floral hops. At the front, there is spiced baker’s chocolate, fresh mocha, caramel like barley touches, and underlying hints of dried fruits which marries the back of your palate and features a Top, and well integrated but not overbearing hop flavour. The after-taste is well balanced and shows a panorama of extreme sensations like chocolate and coffee bitters, a plum cake richness that covers the palate, and a crisp impression of hop bitters that brings elegance and freshness into this massive brew" -- www.ratebeer.com

Rated 100 percentile on www.ratebeer.com

Hill Farmstead Collab with Blaugies

We cannot get Hill Farmstead in in Missouri, but here is a Collab with them!

Back in stock

Hill Farmstead / Blaugies La Vermontoise...$10.99 / 750ml
The Hill Farmstead brewers traveled to Brasserie de Blaugies to share in the kindred bond of farmhouse brewing.  The result is this classic saison brewed with spelt and an abundance of Amarillo hops.  A true expression of noble Belgian tradition and artistic American innovation from the families of Brasserie de Blaugies and Hill Farmstead.

Grassroots Brewing

Back in stock now

Batch #2 March 2014.

(first I thought this was the Arctic Soiree with a new package, but it is a different beer. Arctic SAISON)

Grassroots Brewing / Hill Farmstead/ Anchorage Arctic Saison...$12.99 / 750ml
Brewed at Anchorage
Ale Fermented in Oak Tanks with Brettanomyces
Rated 99 on RateBeer
This ale embodies the spirit of perpetual creative collaboration in conjunction with disciplined brewing endeavor. We trekked to Alaska and helped craft this rustic Saison, bring with us the essence and imagination of our Vermont Farmstead Family. Share. Consider. Enjoy...

Saturday, August 23, 2014

ONEHOPE - wines with a cause

2012 ONEHOPE Cabernet Sauvignon...$10.99
Help Children with Autism

The CDC estimates there are approximately 2 million Americans living with autism and 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with some degree of the disorder. Autism can be extremely difficult to cope with, especially for underprivileged families, that's why HALF the profits from ONEHOPE Cabernet help provide behavioral therapy for children with autism.

WINEMAKER ROB MONDAVI JR. - ONEHOPE Cabernet Sauvignon is hand-crafted and made from a blend of grapes sourced from select vineyards throughout Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and California’s Central Coast in partnership with Rob Mondavi Jr. The dark, ruby red Cabernet Sauvignon is a pleasure for the senses with the aromas of lush black cherry, cassis and a hint of tobacco. Aged in American and French oak, its complex layers of spice are balanced by soft tannins making it the perfect wine to pair with roasted and grilled meats such as lamb, prime rib, or porterhouse steak. 

ONEHOPE donates HALF of profits generated from the sale of every bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon to benefit ACT Today! to help autistic children achieve their highest potential. The partnership betweenONEHOPE and ACT Today! helps provide funding and support for families who cannot afford specialized care for their autistic children. From social skills groups and referrals to biomedical treatments, ACT Today! is making positive change and providing hope to individuals with autism and their families.

ONEHOPE California Chardonnay...$10.99
Fight Against Breast Cancer

The Gateway for Cancer Research is committed to funding innovative cancer research studies that can help today’s cancer patients feel better, live longer or be cured. Thanks to generous underwriting by Cancer Treatment Centers of America®, 99 cents of every dollar Gateway receives helps to fund phase I and phase II cancer clinical trials at leading research institutions all over the world. Since 1991 Gateway has supported more than 120 clinical trials and funded millions in leading-edge research, including blending the best of conventional and complementary/alternative therapies.

WINEMAKER ROB MONDAVI JR. - ONEHOPE California Chardonnay is hand-crafted with a blend of grapes from select vineyards throughout Napa, Sonoma and the Central Coast of California. Our Chardonnay is blended with Muscat and Chenin Blanc displaying a pale gold color with aromas of fresh apple blossom and honeysuckle. Flavors of crisp pear and apple are vibrant on the palate, while its balanced oak and bright acidity makes this wine a great match with broiled or grilled seafood, poultry dishes and a wide assortment of cheeses.

Women in the U.S. have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer. ONEHOPE donates 50% of profits generated from the sale of every bottle of its Chardonnay to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The National Breast Cancer Foundation is focused on education, prevention from early detection and treatment. 

2012 ONEHOPE California Sauvignon Blanc...$10.99
Save Our Planet

Trees provide us with everything from clean air and water, to climate health, to social and recreational benefits. Thanks to our partnership with American Forests, every bottle of Sauvignon Blanc plants a tree and helps to protect our forests and ensure these resources flourish for generations to come.

WINEMAKER ROB MONDAVI JR. - ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc is hand-crafted in partnership with Rob Mondavi, Jr. from select vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma County and California’s Central Coast. Boasting a pale, golden color and flavors of pink grapefruit and bright, grassy undertones, this distinctive wine is fermented in stainless steel barrels. ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc is light, refreshing and finishes very crisp making it a perfect pairing with salmon, halibut, light pasta dishes, fresh fruits and a variety of cheeses.

ONEHOPE donates HALF of the profits from sales of its Sauvignon Blanc to benefit American Forests. For every bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, American Forests will plant a tree in a forest here in the US. American Forests encourages the long-term sustainability of America’s forests, restoring wildlife habitat, and developing quality environmental education programs, to assure that Americans today, and in the future, enjoy healthy, growing forests.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Camus Extra Elegance Cognac

Camus Extra Elegance Cognac...$369.99
Extra Elegance is an exceptional blend of eaux-de-vie primarily from the Borderies, Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne crus, all selected for their superb aging potential, richness and complementarity.
The Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie offer excellent length on the palate, those from Petite Champagne provide structure and the Borderies contribute a velvety texture and hints of sweet pastries. A long aging in cool, damp cellars allows Extra Elegance to reveal its full quality: exceptional roundness, intense flavors, great finesse and a remarkably complex finish.
This blend produces a Cognac which is as rich as it is sophisticated, and which will delight the most passionate and demanding of connoisseurs.

Limited, only 5000 bottles for the U.S.

2012 Chateauneuf du Pape - amazing vintage

In stock now at Forsyth!

Great 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape
2012 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape...$124.99
Tasted from multiple foudres, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape is stunning! Showing surprising depth and concentration in the vintage, with full-bodied richness and texture, all of the samples showed perfumed, complex aromatics, fantastic mid-palates and serious back-end structure. Less forward than the 2011, with plenty of oomph, it will most likely require short-term cellaring to come around, and have a broad drink window
Rated 95-98/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chante le Merle...$69.99
the brilliant 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes is comprised of mostly old vine Grenache, with smaller parts Syrah and Mourvedre. Perfumed and already complex, with kirsch, blackberry, crushed stone, pepper and garrigue, this full-bodied effort has a silky, polished texture, big structure and serious length on the finish. It will mostly likely benefit for 3-4 years in the cellar and have 15-20 years of total longevity. Drink 2017-2032.
Rated 94-96+/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape A la Gloire de Mon Grandpere...$62.99
Looking just as good, with a slightly more approachable profile, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape A La Gloire de Mon Grand-Pere is a field blend of close to 100% Grenache that comes from the Gardiole lieu-dit. Aged all in demi-muid, it is an awesomely textured, seamless effort that boasts knockout aromas and flavors of kirsch, wild strawberries, herbs de Provence and red licorice. Not quite as backwards or concentrated as the Chante Le Merle, it should be approachable at an earlier age and drink brilliantly for 15 years or more. Drink 2015-2027.
Rated 94-96/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Domaine Marcoux Chateauneuf du Pape...$66.99
From a vintage with miniscule yields and the same blend as the 2011, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape, which was tasted out of barrel, offers a pretty, fresh and fragrant profile with gorgeous purity of fruit. Black raspberry, licorice and floral notes all emerge here, and it builds in richness and depth with time in the glass. It should be reasonably approachable on release and drink well for 10-12 years. Drink 2014-2024.
Rated 92-94/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Domaine Marcoux Chateauneuf du Pape V.V...$166.99
Even better and showing plenty of similarities to the 2011, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a 3,000-bottle lot of roughly 100% Grenache that was brought up all in stainless steel (this is due to not having enough juice to fill a larger barrel). Per Sophie, this cuvee was difficult to taste early on (which is a comment I heard often with regards to the 2012s) but had just recently turned the corner. Seamless, layered and textured, with overflowing Grenache generosity, this full-bodied effort gives up plenty of pure raspberry, black raspberry, violets and tinges of licorice on the nose and palate. As with the 2011, it should be reasonably approachable on release, yet have 15+ years or more of longevity. Drink 2015-2027.
Rated 95-97/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Domaine Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape...$59.99
Looking pretty close to the 2009 and 2010 in terms of quality, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape has slightly less Grenache than prior vintages, with 15% Mourvedre, 8% Syrah and the rest Grenache. Violets, underbrush, sweet black raspberry and cassis all flow from this medium to full-bodied, pure and elegantly styled effort. Showing plenty of fruit, good acidity and terrific purity, it should evolve gracefully for 12-15 years. Drink 2015-2027.
Rated 92-94/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Domaine Janasse Cuvee Chaupin...$79.99
Also showing the purity and freshness of the vintage, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin, which was harvested towards the end of September, displays classic licorice, crushed violets, flowers and mineral-tinged black fruits to go with a medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced and lively feel on the palate. Always 100% Grenache that comes from very old vines and sandy soils, it is one impressive tank sample. Give it a couple years in the cellar and enjoy bottles over the following decade or longer. Drink 2015-2027.
Rated 94-96/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Domaine Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape V.V....$106.99
Most likely one of the top 2-3 wines produced, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a rough blend of 80-85% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre (which was harvested October 10) and the balance Syrah, that hit 15.4% natural alcohol. Seeing the same elevage as the 2011, it sports an inky purple color as well as spectacular array of black and blue fruits, violets, liquid flowers and underbrush to go with an energetic, seamless and full-bodied profile on the palate. Lighter weight than the 2007 and 2010, it possesses notable freshness, purity and elegance. It should benefit from short-term cellaring and thrill for upward of two decades. Drink 2016-2032.
Rated 95-98/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Domaine Giraud Grenache des Perriere...$106.99
The cream of the lineup, and possibly the vintage, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Grenaches de Pierre is an incredible effort that possesses notions of bouquet garni, pepper, licorice, cassis and crushed stone-like minerality. Full-bodied, powerful and layered, yet also elegant and with terrific intensity and depth, it too should be reasonably approachable in its youth and evolve gracefully for 15 years or more. If you can, don’t miss a chance to latch on to a few of these. Drink 2015-2027.
Rated 94-97/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Domaine Giraud Premices Chateauneuf du Pape...$39.99
The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Premices, which had just been bottled at the time of this tasting, has fantastic ripeness and offers up beautiful Provencal notes of sweet blackberry, currants, toasted spice, cured meats and earthy notes to go with full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. Rich, fleshy and textured, it’s another knockout Grenache-dominated blend from this estate. Drink now-2020
Rated 91-93/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Domaine Giraud Tradition Chateauneuf du Pape...$53.99
Still in tank, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition has plenty of floral, herb and underbrush notes to go with a core of sweet berry fruit. Medium to full-bodied, rich and textured, with ultra-fine tannin, it should be accessible in its youth yet have a solid 12-15 years drink window. Drink 2015-2027.
Rated 92-94/100 The Wine Advocate

Macallan Rare Cask - limited!

Very limited, only about 100 bottles came to Missouri.

Macallan Rare Cask Single Malt Scotch...$259.99 / 750ml
Hand crafted using an exceptionally high proportion of first fill sherry oak casks.  Handpicked by our Whisky Maker.  From less than 1% of the casks maturing at The Macallan Distillery.

Highland Park Dark Origins

Highland Park Dark Origins...$68.99
Dark Origins is inspired by the cunning spirit and courageous personality of Highland Park’s infamous founder, Magnus Eunson. This latest addition to the core expressions uses twice as many first fill sherry casks than in the classic Highland Park 12 year old resulting in a naturally darker, richer flavour.

Tasting Notes
Colour: Rich mahogany
Nose: Sherried spice and ripe bananas combine with toasted hazelnuts and baked apple
Palate: Well-balanced, dry peat at first mellowing out to maraschino cherries, warm dark chocolate entices the palate
Finish: Enduring sweet smoke

New Belgium Tour de Fall

New Belgium Tour de Fall...$7.99 / 6pk
New Belgium's love for beer, bikes and benefits is best described by being at Tour de Fat. Our love for Cascade and Amarillo hops is best tasted in our Tour de Fall Pale Ale. We're cruising both across the country during our favorite time of year. Hop on and find Tour de Fall Pale Ale in fall 2014

Magic Hat Pumpkin

More Pumpkin beers...

Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream Pumpkin Ale...$7.49 / 6pk
The distant drums of change are thumping, signaling the coming of chilling frosts, falling leaves and ghoulish screams. In a patch ripe with orange glow, Wilhelm Scream awakens and unleashes his season-stirring call for fall. His revelers listen for his echo across the ripened dancing days and prepare their seasonal celebration of harvest and ale.

Mikkeller Monk's Brew

Back in stock with a new label

Mikkeller Monk's Brew....$11.99 / 750ml
Monk’s Elixir is a heavy dark Belgian ale inspired by the Trappist monasteries of Rochefort and Westvleteren. The beer style, characterized by its high content of alcohol, distinguishes itself by its dominant yeast character, delicious malt background and balanced hop notes.
- Belgian Dark Ale
- ABV: 10,0%

Mikkeller Koppi

New batch, this time with Citra Hops

Mikkeller Koppi Coffee IPA...$11.99 / 750ml

Another unique creation from Mikkeller-Coffee IPA! The coffee is specially made by a coffee roaster called ‘Koppi’ in Sweden, and the “IPA” end is provided by generous amounts of Citra hops.

Peach Berliner is back

In stock for the season....plus only $9.99 now!

Perennial Artisan Ales Peach Berliner Weisse....$ 9.99 / 750ml

"Our Peach Berliner Weisse is a German-style tart wheat beer that's perfect for the hot summer months. We violate traditional German beer production methods in every way by adding hundreds of pounds of Midwest-grown peaches to each batch. We hope you enjoy the irreverence as much as we do." - Perennial

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Beer Tasting this Week!

This Weekend's Tastings!
Friday, August 22 from 4-6pm

The Wine and Cheese Place - Forsyth
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105

Siren / Hill Farmstead / Mikkeller Lemon Cello IPA
Mikkeller Crooked Moon Tattoo DIPA
Stone 18th Anniversary IPA
Mikkeller Arh Hvad!?


BEER - New Ballas location

August 22 from 4-6pm

The Wine and Cheese Place - NEW BALLAS
457 N. New Ballas, Creve Coeur MO 314.989.0020

New Holland Four Witches
Rogue Dad's Little Helper Black IPA
O'dell Trellis Garden Ale
Southern Tier Grand Arbor

Ritterguts Gose

Rittergute Gose Labels

Ritterguts Gose...$5.49 / pint

Rated 93/100 RateBeer
Gose – the lactic and salty specialty ale associated with the German cities of Goslar and Leipzig – has a chronicled history dating back over a thousand years.

But not so long ago, it was virtually extinct, known only to a shrinking base of locals and the odd beer tourist who made the trek to the few Leipzig pubs that still served the quirky specialty.

Today, with interest in sour ales soaring , “new-traditionalist” brewers in Germany, the U.S., and beyond are recreating the style – generally with a nod towards a sweeter, more “drinkable” palate, or to a relatively simplified, aggressive lacticity.

Ritterguts Gose is the real thing, the one example still made to the traditional recipes – boldly sour and funky, but with the elusive old-German qualities of balance and complexity. Once we tried this beer in Leipzig, we were both amazed and delighted that no one was importing it. But we didn’t dwell on that for too long!
As they say at Ritterguts, “Goseanna!”

Mikkeller Orange Yuzu and Ah Hvad

Back in stock


Mikkeller Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter...$13.99 / 750ml
Rated 95/100 RateBeer
6% ABV
A porter with Yuzu (Citrus fruit), wheat and lactose. Flavor is sweet of yuzu with notes of orange and coffee.

Årh Hvad.750.US.FNL
Mikkeller Ah Hvad?!.....$11.99 / 750ml
Rated 96/100 RateBeer
Ratred 99/100 RateBeer in its style

“Say What?” That’s what it means.

Årh Hvad?! is Danish for “Say What?“ However, when pronounced in proper Danish, it also sounds a lot like the word “Orval”, a Trappist brewery I’m sure you guys have heard of.

Årh Hvad?! is Mikkeller’s interpretation of Orval, one of Mikkel’s favorite beers.The color is a cloudy amber and has a white head. The taste is peppery, malty with a hoppy finish. It is hopped four times with Styrian Goldings hops. The fermentation is done with two yeast strains, one of which is brettanomyces,

Årh Hvad?! is brewed for Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij in Belgium.

Dieu du Ciel Rigor Mortis

Dieu du Ciel Rigor Mortis ABT....$4.99 / 11.5oz
Rated 99/100 RateBeer
Quadrupel - 10.5% alc./vol.oz.
"Strong brown ale inspired by the beer brewed by Belgian Trappist monks. Very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel. It presents complex red fruit and spice flavours due to the type of yeast that is used during the brewing process. This beer is at its best only after it has aged for six months. The Rigor Mortis are complex beers designed and brewed with patience and care in the tradition of the great Belgian Abbey beers.
Rigor Mortis Abt is brewed only once a year, and is sold in April until stocks last.
This beer won a gold medal (first place amongst 10 gold medal winners) at the adjudicated "MBeer" contest during the Mondial de la Bière in Montréal in 2006. Rigor Mortis Abt will become available starting on Monday May 18, 2009. As only one brew was made, it probably won't stay long on the shelves! It won't be brewed again before next year, so don't hesitate to make some reserve of it, mostly that this beer can easily withstand a few years of aging." -- brewery

Saint Somewhere

Back in stock!

A very small producer from Tarpon Springs, Florida --
Saint Somewhere is a small microbrewery whose name was inspired by the Jimmy Buffet song, Boat Drinks (I gotta to fly to saint somewhere).  They specialize in Belgian style ales and they only use Belgian malt. 

Saint Somewhere Pays du Soleil..$9.99 / 750ml
"Saint Somewhere Brewing company is a brewer of traditional Belgian style ales. We are a small batch brewery using only the finest ingredients available. Belgian malt and wheat, whole noble hops and open fermentation add to the complexity of our ales. Our beers unfiltered and re-feremented in the bottle, not engineered, but truly and crafted. We brew simply and authentically, the way beer was brewed 100 years ago." -- back label

Saint Somewhere Lectio Divina Amber...$9.99 / 750ml
"Lectio Divina, brewed in the spirit of the abbey ales of Belgium. Brewed with the same care and attention to the Art of Brewing that is practiced in the monastic breweries of Belgium." -- brewery

Anchorage Galaxy IPA

Back in stock

Anchorage Brewing Galaxy IPA....$12.99 /  750ml
Exploration and innovation have always been hallmarks of mankind. The same spirit that sent pathfinders, like Captain Cook, sailing from Britain to the shores of Australia and the rocky coastlines of Alaska animates today's trailblazers. Wherever you find a frontier, be it the Final Frontier of our Milky Way, the Last Frontier of the Great Land, or the frontiers of scientific knowledge, there you will also find dedicated men and women, taking risks to break trail for the rest of us.
One of the new trails being blazed on the frontier of beer is the style known as White India Pale Ales. Galaxy White IPA represents a significant new landmark on that trail. With its use of fresh kumquats, Indian coriander, and black peppercorns, Galaxy pays homage to the early explorers, who sailed unknown seas in search of rare spices and exotic fruits. Captain Cook travelled from Australia to Alaska, and so have the Galaxy hops used to create this adventurous brew. Just as a true explorer never stands still, the presence of brettanomyces guarantees that Galaxy White IPA will keep evolving in the bottle for years to come.
So take a step from the known into the unknown. Cross the frontier from the commonplace into the extraordinary. Be the first to gaze upon an undiscovered country and return to tell the tale to those timid souls you left behind. After all, there's an entire Galaxy waiting to be explored…

Trois Dames Sour Framboise

Trois Dames Sour Framboise...$19.99 / 750ml
Ale brewed with Raspberries

Cannot find out much about this one.