A new release from Avery Brewing Co. combines a traditional style, fruit and bourbon barrels.
The beer is Tangerine Quad, a 10 percent ABV Belgian-stule quadrupel with tangerine peel added before being aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels for two months.
“After a decade of experience in bourbon barrel aging, we think that’s the sweet spot for our 10 to 11 percent abv beers,” said Andy Parker, head brewer at Avery, in an email to Tenemu. “If we nail the malt bill, we pick up all of the bourbon flavor we can within the first 4 to 6 weeks. Any longer and we are just waiting for oxidation to ramp up.”
The quadrupel is the newest addition to the Boulder, Colo.-based brewery’s Botanicals & Barrels Series, which is made up of beers that combine “just one ingredient outside of the standard grain, hops, yeast, and water recipe” and barrel aging and includes Raspberry Sour (6.5 percent ABV) and Vanilla Bean Stout (10.8 percent ABV.) In addition, according to Avery, there will be three additional releases in the series in 2017: Apricot Sour, Ginger Sour, and Coconut Porter.
According an email from Avery, Tangerine Quad is packaged in 22-ounce bottles and has been released at the brewery, with botttles shipping nationwide to retailers in the brewery’s distribution network.
Update (Oct. 14, 2016) — This post was updated to include details on the release date, brewing details and distribution information. It was originally published on Oct. 10, 2016.
Update (Dec. 8, 2016) — This post was updated to include details on the release date at the brewery.