We took a batch of Louie’s Demise and added a bunch of Rishi’s Organic Blueberry Rooibos and Hibiscus Tea blends to our secondary fermentation vessel. After two weeks of cold infusion we filtered out the tea, carbonated it.
Even though Great Uncle Louie has been dead and gone for 160 years, his spirit lives on through us. We try to imagine what a weekend with Louie might have been like and we create that experience with this herbal brew.
From the Brewer
In the fall of 2011 we created a sessionable version of our Louie’s Demise. We added Rishi’s Organic Blueberry Rooibos and Hibiscus Tea blends to our secondary fermentation vessels and after about 2 weeks of cold infusion we filtered out the tea and carbonated it.
During the initial brew, we get a lot of the caramel and earthy malt aromas that we expect from brewing Louie’s, The blueberry and hibiscus smells explode after fermentation, it was surprisinig how intese they were after such a short period of time. Working with nontraditional ingredients was really exciting, however we had no idea what the cold infusion would do to such a light flavored beer. With no benchmark, we just guessed on the quantities.
This is an unusal beer, but it’s perfect for a hot afternoon when you’re looking for something refreshing.
dekester1 (332) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep amber with a nice head and lacing. Aroma was of malts with a slight blueberry hint. Taste was also of a malty amber with a light blueberry flavoring in the background. Palate was very nice. Overall a nice blueberry amber. Not too strong on the berry - just right.
GranvilleTim (1730) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden amber pour with a frothy white head. Aroma is blueberry candy. Taste is light blueberry flavor, malt base, crisp, ok beer. So-so lacing.
TXBadger (1658) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber color with off-white head. Blueberries, hop resin, just a hint of caramel malt, and some resin on the nose; follows onto the palate. I must have gotten a nice fresh one, really good.
dlbeer (846) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber pour with white head. Smells of malt slight hops and blueberries. Tastes of the same. Not too overpowering on the blueberries which is nice
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Frank (3130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer initially smells like a Hostess blueberry pie but wanes to a relatively normal beer pretty fast. It is not exactly the best thing I’ve ever tasted but it is not as cloying as it first smells. It pours a brownish orange color w/ a small head of fine, white bubbles. The nose is initially saturated w/ an exaggerated blueberry flavor but that is thankfully short-lived. After that, it just becomes a fairly bland amber ale w/ just a touch of toasty malt character and earthy hops. It is medium bodied and moderately carbonated but still comes off a little heavy for the gravity. There are no real off-notes unless you count extreme blueberry as an off-flavor but that is about all this has going for it.
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