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Angel City Releases Two Fascinating Beers as Part of Their Warehouse Collection

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Looking for some different flavors in a beer than what you’re used to drinking?

 

Angel City Brewery has released two new beers as part of their Warehouse Collection, which provide some unique tastes.

 

The first of these is their Oolong Saison (5.8% ABV), which is exactly what it sounds like: a saison with oolong tea. Its nose is that of a Belgian yeasty saison – herbal, peppery, phenolic, just with a bit of an earthy tea nose.  On the palate, it has a light earthy tea flavor, which also serves to mute the flavor somewhat. While the oolong tea is noticeable, ultimately, the saison flavor takes over this beer. It is a very interesting combination and I would be very curious to see more such tea-saison combinations.

 

The genesis of this tea-saison combination came about through some experimentation. “We were discussing doing a tea beer and oolong sounded like a good tea to use to complement the natural fruitiness of saisons,” according to head brewer Layton Cutler. “Oolong is pretty delicate and a bit earthy, so we thought it would be great to round out the saison flavor.”  Since they were close to a tea shop to try it out, they found the Ten Ren tea shop in Chinatown and used three different types of oolong tea. “We chose the more oxidized black version, a less oxidized green version and finally the lightest and most floral aromatic of them is Pouchong. Each contributed to the complexities of this beer.”

 

The other new beer in the Warehouse Collection is their Rauchbier (5.5% ABV), which is also the name of the style. While rauchbiers are not common, and many drinkers may not be so familiar with this style, it is a very smoky lager. So, when drinking Angel City’s Rauchbier, as someone who seldom encounters this style, it can be quite an interesting change of pace for one’s palate, especially after consuming a bunch of IPAs.

 

I loved the smoked peat on the nose and I can’t overstate how great the strong, but not overpowering smokiness of the nose was. On the palate, the smokiness remains, accompanying the light fruit and caramel sweetness on the palate.  This beer would deliciously accompany smoked foods, so if you have something ready, this would be a solid pairing. The liquid smokiness on this beer lingers for the finish, hanging around for quite a while, but that’s actually quite wonderful. While this beer is really tasty, if it were to be barrel-aged, it could be really awesome.

 

 

Both the Oolong Saison and the Rauchbier are available at Angel City Brewery, as well as in 22oz bottles. 

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