• The base for this beauty is our Brewtus Maxximus Belgian Quad. This one is already an ABV monster at 10.7%. Quietly, we added it to a fresh bourbon barrel procured from Ryan Lang, Master Distiller at Middle West Spirits. That was May, 2015.

    In July 2017, we tried a bit. There was still a lot of hot alcohol apparent. Lang estimated that about 15 pounds of bourbon will have come out of the barrel staves, and we ended up at about 18%! Since it's not winter, we decided not to offer something that would approach a winter barleywine.

    We decided to blend it with fresh Clan Brodie to achieve something north of 10%. The end result is in the style of a Belgian
    Strong Ale.
  • So what a Quercus? Quercus is the genus that includes oak trees. An oak tree is a part of MWS identity, and that oak barrel gave us additional character. Cheers!

Quercus

Style Guidelines: barrel-aged Belgian Strong Ale

Rotation Schedule: likely a one-off

Food Pairings: beer battered fried shrimp; creamy cheeses; grilled salmon; smoked wings with no sauce; baklava


Body: sunset dusk
Color: sunset dusk

Grain: British lager and German Vienna

Bittering Hops: German Hallertau
Finishing Hops: Saaz

Original Gravity: 1.050
IBUs (estimate): 20
Alcohol By Volume: 4.5%

First Tapped: June 2, 2017 as a preview on Firkin Friday.