Since we started talking about stronger beers, let’s continue in the same vein. This time, about a collaboration between Lithuanian brewery Raudonų Plytų Alaus Dirbtuvės and Brooklyn Brewery‘s Garrett Oliver, called Jam Session. It’s a quadrupel that’s supposed to be jazzy and funky and whatnot. Truthfully, we’re just glad that Raudonų Plytų seem to be alive (if not kicking) because after going all out on all social media channels they just sort of fizzled out. No teasing, no nothing… What’s up, doc?

jam session

Anyway, we saved our supposedly ‘limited edition’ bottle (the seller even encouraged to order bottles, lest they sell out; well guess what — there’re still plenty of them!) of Jam Session for New Year’s Eve. And brought another quadrupel to compare (more on this later). Go go go!

jam session

Style: quadrupel
ABV: 10.5%

Appearance: Murky beer the colour of dark amber. Looks like a farmhouse ale. The head dissipated quite fast, but we blame the not-so-suitable wine glasses (sorry guys, our New Year getaway cottage in Latvia only had those).

Aroma: Malty sweetness, alcohol, slight sourness, camphor.

Taste: Quite sharp, with prominent caramel, burnt sugar notes and, of course, alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Mid-to-high carbonation, but a rather weak body that doesn’t balance out the alcohol.

Notes: The beer is brewed with birch sap, but we can’t say for sure that we felt it. We can’t say that this is a bad brew, but as a quad, this beer is meek and uninspiring. Plus, it’s quite expensive and gets even more expensive once you actually taste it. However, we’re still thinking of buying another bottle to see how well it ages.

Disclaimer: We had this beer on 31/12/15