Espiritu Obscuro by Mill Valley Beerworks

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Espiritu Obscuro by Mill Valley Beerworks is a 9.2% Belgian Dark Strong Ale brewed with spices and aged in Four Roses Casks.

Label:
Dark Belgian-style ale brewed with spices aged in Four Roses bourbon casks.

==Introduction==

Espiritu Oscuro or Dark Spirit is definitely what this was the carbonation started to have a mind of its own and really come alive. The beer was literally going insane even after I carefully poured it from the glass as you can see from the picture, it started to rise out of the glass making me think the foam was literally going to overflow. Ice cream Float Dark Belgian almost. The aroma was super complex which I will explain in more detail. I have never tried anything from Mill Valley but looking visually as to what I have experienced so far, I am pretty damn impressed. Now lets take a Dive into the dark soul of the beer shall we?

Aromas:
Supreme Dark fruit super chocolate explosion!! Dark fruit raisins, black cherry, figs, plums, prunes, dark cherries, boysenberries, blackberries, pomegranate, dark chocolate, Bakers chocolate, Milk chocolate, German Chocolate, Belgian Chocolate, Chocolate abuelita, rocky road ice cream hints, cinnamon dulce de leche caramel, flan and 3 leches/ 3 milks cake, Coffee, Mocha, black cherry yogurt, tobacco, leather, rye bread, molasses, rock candi, dark Belgian candi sugar, beet sugar, flan, pecan pie, clove spice, bananas, plantains, bourbon, marshmallows, vanilla and molasses.

Flavors:
Rich dark chocolate, Bakers chocolate, Milk chocolate, German Chocolate, Belgian Chocolate, Chocolate abuelita, Dark fruit raisins, black cherry, figs, plums, prunes, dark cherries, boysenberries, blackberries, pomegranate, Coffee, Mocha, black cherry yogurt, tobacco, leather, rye bread, molasses, rock candi, dark Belgian candi sugar, beet sugar, flan, pecan pie, clove spice, bananas, plantains, bourbon, marshmallows, chocolate smores, rose petals, oak wood, whiskey, rock candy, Belgian sweet bread, pilloncillo, vanilla, rocky road ice cream hints, cinnamon dulce de leche caramel, flan and 3 leches/ 3 milks cake.

Aftertaste:
Rich dark fruits like cherries, prunes, figs, rich coffee and mocha notes, cinnamon, chocolate abuelita, tobacco, bourbon, caramel, dark chocolate, cherry yogurt and marshmallows. No alcohol in the taste, dark like the antimatter of a black hole in space full body, sweet, creamy, silky, syrupy, velvety and very smooth mouthfeel and damn easy to drink for some unholy reason.

Overall:
WOW, this beer reminded me so much of Black Damnation III Black Mes it wasn’t even funny. For a pint bottle, I really want to get several of these now. For being my first beer from Mill Valley Beerworks, this is so damn amazing. They really have created a really unique beer that I am really not sure I could recreate but damn as well I will try. With super rich complexities at such the low 9.2% ABV, I have to figure it out. For the mean time you better make DAMN SURE that you get this beer as it is a killer and damn loveable and tremendous.

Anime Corner:
Kiryūin Satsuki from Kill La Kill was chosen in this pairing as I wanted to show something that looked like the fizz I got from the beer along with the dark fruit colors. The funny part about Satsuki which is Ryuko Matoi’s sister is that she has everyone kneeling before her might! An aura of light always shines upon her and is cast over the on lookers who dare defy her. Yet, if you were to take the opposite and stab the darkness of this beer with the light, you will still find Satsuki there as shown in this artwork, She shines supreme among the darkness to uncover the complexities of this beer and bring them to your unworthy tastebuds!

Sources:
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Golden Orchard by the Bruery

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Golden Orchard by the Bruery is a 9.1% ABV Belgian Golden Ale brewed with brettanomyces.

Label:
NEWTON’S BREWTON

This Belgian-style golden ale was fermented with brettanomyces. The result delivers fresh, fruity tones like wandering through an open Orchard.

Golden Orchard was fermented with both our house yeast as well as a strain of brettanomyces. After months of bottle conditioning, the yeast lent a delightful flavors of fresh cut apples to the beer and inspired its name. Golden Orchard is best enjoyed fresh, but may evolve pleasantly over time if cellared properly.
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Currently sold to the Reserve Society but maybe released to the public soon, or at least I hope as I cannot confirm. This beer was an addition to the September 2014 release of beers. I have never heard of this one in the making. It seems like some are just released at random times which they don’t mention. They once made a beer called White Orchard from what I remember but I never tried it. They also made a Black Orchard long ago. But those beers are long and gone. This one is probably a revival of the white orchard. Either way though, I will put it on review to see how good it goes. Cheers!

Aromas:
Rich golden apples, red apples, peppercorn, biscuit bread, citrus, vanilla, honey, flowers, Tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, papaya, guavas, dragon fruit, stone fruits like peaches, apricots, manzanita sol apple soda, apple pie, cinnamon, waffle cone, bananas, clove spice, brown sugar and fruity brett.

Flavors:
Rich gala golden apples, Honey, vanilla, Tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, papaya, guavas, dragon fruit, stone fruits like peaches, apricots, pears, red apples, sour green apples, manzanita sol apple soda, peppercorns, fruity brettanomyces, caramel, biscuit bread, bananas, clove spice hints, flowers, apple pie, cinnamon hints, citrus, waffle cone and brown sugar.

Aftertaste:
Leaving the palate with a dry golden apple, biscuit, vanilla, stone fruit and tropical residue with a bit of tart bitterness. No alcohol in the taste, light to medium body, crisp, refreshing, easy to drink and smooth despite the ABV, light to medium body.

Overall:
Extremely exemplifying the style. The fact that this beer is very fruit forward of a Belgian almost to the point of like drinking an actual golden apple pie or apple soda, is damn good. Nothing watery at all either, the yeast and bready phenols makes it straight like an apple pie but not as much cinnamon. This is very good. Highly recommended.

Anime Corner:
Nega Satsuki Kiryūin from the Kill La Kill OVA was used in this pairing to show the aspects of the Golden apple flavors as well as the red and green apples. Golden Orchard is basically her representative that pairs well with the colors of the label, the aspects of the beer flavor, aromas and ABV strength yet smoothness. While Nega Satsuki was no match for the original or her sister, just like certain flowers that only bloom at certain times, she was the epitome of awesome before her final withdraw into oblivion. Oh well, she did kinda look like a super saiyan!

Sources:
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2014 Tripel Tonnellerie by the Bruery

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2014 Tripel Tonnellerie by the Bruery is a 9.5% ABV Belgian Abbey Tripel aged in oak barrels.

Label:
Tripel Tonnellerie is a Belgian-stykle Tripel ale that has been fermented in oak barrels, adding a layer of complexity and traditional farmhouse character. Best enjoyed fresh but may pleasently evolve over time if cellared properly.
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As part of the 2014 Preservation society, this beer was released for the first quarter of 2014.

Aromas:
Smells almost like a Berliner Weisse fuzed with a Tripel. Brettanomyces funk, oak, Farmhouse hay funk like notes, Rich Stone fruits like apricots, peaches and lychee, lots of lemon zest, peppercorns, coriander spice, sour apples, apricots, biscuit bread, honey, musty old grapes, flowers, vanilla, caramel, floral notes and mild banana notes.

Flavors:
Lots of Honey, peppercorns, oak, biscuit bread, chardonay, apples, sour white grapes, white wine, stone fruits like apricots, peaches, lychees, banana notes, musty sour funky notes, farmhouse hay, tart lemons, coriander spices, funky brettanomyces, citrus, hibiscus flowers, honey and butterscotch.

Aftertaste:
Finishing with honey, flowers, white wine, sour grapes, bicuit bread and vanilla. No alcohol in the taste. Moderate drinking yet smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Overall:
A very good beer that kinda makes you wonder where exactly is going. It is not a sour by any means but has enough tart flavors that reminds you of it being close. There is also like farmhouse quality to it that makes you think that this one was like a fusion of a Tripel with a saison with oak sour flavors. Not too bad if you join the preservation society, but hey on the plus side, it comes with Chocolate Rain.

Anime Corner:
Satsuki Kyurin from Kill La Kill was used in this pairing to pair with the flavors of the beer and the label. Her colors of the blue green almost pair with Juunketsu, her power armor. The beer flavors best describe her character. She is very cold and harsh in the beginning of the series, always en pointe, and always arrogant and ruling (ABV + Sour Flavors). As the series goes by SPOILER ALERT………………..She becomes a more loving and tender person especially after finding out the Ryuko Matoi (My favorite character) is actually her long lost baby sister and realizing the error of her ways toward her sister. She finds out that the bit of family that she does have in her sister makes up for the bitter way their mother is. She teams up with Ryuko and finds out how powerful they can be. The sweet flowery tripel flavory aspect of the beer represents this change because Satsuki found her way (Show’s theme “Don’t Lose Your way!), she found her baby sister (even though she treated her like shit without knowing at first) and was able to make amends. So this beer definitely tells the store about a Tripel who was involved in some sour notes but still maintained the sweet bread deliciousness about it. How’s that for a pairing . Cheers fans!!