Sunday, 27 May 2012
Mikkeller In May
22. Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel Calvados Edition 10.9%
After a brief interlude I finally get to taste my third Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Calvados. It almost sounds like a film trilogy: The action moves to the Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy) region of France. Our hero carefully watches the apples pressed and fermented into a dry cider. Biding it's time during the distillation and maturation process of the brandy, it seizes it's chance, occupying the recently vacated casks, waiting, transforming. Several months later it decides to split up, depositing some of itself in several bottles now fully matured and subtley changed. Now is it has emerged on it's final mission. This is it's time ...
It pours very like the others, as you would expect but with a touch darker head perhaps. There's a rich dark sugar aroma at first before the familiar boozy dark chocolate jumps up the nose. There's a lovely sweetness in there too with some deep fruitiness that I would more readily associate with brown sauce. Interesting. There's some fruity sweetness over the tongue but silky smooth nonetheless. More milky chocolate kicks in then a wave of dry yet sweet alcohol, warming the mouth, cuddling the tongue in a dark fruity embrace. The finish is smooth, continuing the same warming sensation with little bits of chocolate, cocoa and liquorice.
This is a wonderful conclusion to my BGBW trio. If I were to rank them this would probably be in the silver medal position although I really love the extra sweetness, just pipped at the post by it's older brother (well, like Dobie Gray sang in The In Crowd. the original is still the greatest) but absolutely superb. It's a close run thing, and I feel quite lucky to have had the chance to compare them.