Valmiermuiža Craft Brewery Distilled Lager Barrel Aged for Four Years

ABV43%.

Aged for four years in sherry barrels, this distilled lager has a golden amber brown glow. Its deep aroma is distinguished by the enticingly mild sweetness typical of a single malt, as well as hints of forest flowers, honey, slightly dried peach, oak and vanilla. The pure balanced flavour is a symphony of sweet honey, coconut, vanilla, oak, peach and apricot nuances. The hint of Christmas spices in the aftertaste is a tad bitter. A dram of distilled barrel aged lager is surprisingly soft and rounded.

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Properties

TYPE Distilled beer
ALC. VOL. 43 %
Distilled from Valmiermuiža Amber Lager, Valmiermuiža Dark Lager and Valmiermuiža Winter Bock
Aroma forest flower, honey, dried peach, oak and vanilla notes
Flavour sweet honey, coconut, vanilla, oak, peach and apricot nuances

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History

History</

During a visit to some cider makers in France, our brewmaster concluded, “If the French can make world famous Calvados from Normandy cider, then we can make an equally fine distilled lager at Valmiermuiža from Valmiermuiža beer.” No sooner said than done! To fulfil this vision, German expert Arnold Holstein forged a special still, which is installed at the brewery alongside the kettles for boiling beer.

It is Valmiermuiža’s brewmaster’s dream to offer a Latvian alternative to whiskey. It is well known that “God is hidden in the details”, which explains why distilled barrel aged lager is made with such great care and patience.

Brewing

Brewing

It is made up of three Valmiermuiža products: amber lager, dark lager and winter bock. By distilling 150 litres of beer in a small copper still, we obtain just six litres of distilled lager with 85 % ABV. To this we add a little water and then at 65 % ABV, we pour it into 30 litre European oak barrels that previously contained sherry. The barrels are then stored in the Valmiermuiža barn cellar. Over the course of four years of aging, the barrel makes the distilled lager silkier and enriches it with a distinctive bouquet of flavours, while a fifth of the volume evaporates – earning it the moniker of “the angel’s share”. Before it is poured into bottles, Valmiermuiža’s brewmaster mixes all three distilled barrel aged lagers and adds Valmiermuiža artesian well water to them to obtain the required 43 % ABV. To preserve the flavour, we filter the distilled barrel lager without cooling it, which may produce a hint of smokiness. Only 900 numbered bottles are filled in this batch.

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