Hill Farmstead- Clover
I probably could have written a"Best of List" for 2016 with just Hill Farmstead beers and there would be little to argue about. Shaun Hill is a master at brewing and his recent bottle of Clover was one of my favorites to date. A blend of three different saison's Ann, Art & Flora, aged for 12-22 months, this beer is a stunning example of the Hill Farmstead style. Aspects of each individual beer are present beginning with the creamy, bubbly carbonation up front, bright fruit and floral notes and crisp white wine finish. It's an absolute beauty. No wonder they've been named Best Brewery in the world by Ratebeer three out of the last four years.
Cigar City- Decoherence
This luscious beer is a blend of two different Cigar City brews; an imperial stout aged in Brandy barrels and an imperial porter aged in Bourbon barrels. The blend is then aged on roasted coffee beans and toasted coconut giving it a rich creamy coffee, milk chocolate and coconut flavor with layers of oak, brandy, vanilla and bourbon on the finish. It's big, bold and intensely gorgeous. If your obsessed with coconut beers as I am this is a sure fire winner.
Other Half- Like Whoa
Bokkereyder- Framboos Vanille
This wonderful Lambic was poured at all three sessions of the Copenhagen Beer Celebration in Boston and I probably had about 10 glasses. I just couldn't stop myself. I was blown away by the soft flavors of Madagascar and Tahitian vanilla beans rounding out the jammy raspberry base with such balance. Bokkereyder is currently just a one man operation in Belgium but Raf is already making a big splash in the beer world. Look for a lot more excitement from this brewery in the coming year.