September 8, 2011

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Some of you may already know the dirty details about this, but for those of you that don't, here's the deal. Beer Geek Brunch gets its WEASEL twist because it is brewed with Civet coffee. The civet is a small mammal native to Southeast Asia that includes coffee berries as part of its diet. You can probably guess where this is going now. In the stomach, enzymes seep into the beans making shorter peptides and freeing up more amino acids. Then they pass through the intestines and are... released. The beans are gathered, washed, sun dried, lightly roasted, and used to brew a very aromatic coffee with much less bitterness than regular coffee. Kopi luwak (the Malaysian name for civet coffee) is one of the most expensive in the world. Mikkeller has sourced theirs from Vietnam, where is it known as caphe cut chon, or fox-dung coffee.

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel smells like coffee, but it's sweeter, nuttier, creamier, and not as dry or bitter as regular coffee. I got a whiff of maple syrup as well. There's a lot going on flavor wise: multiple types of chocolate, caramel, coffee, espresso, a little vanilla. Very slight alcohol burn on the tongue but not in the aroma. It's thick but smooth and rather easy to drink. Not sure if I'd drink a whole one by myself though. I shared this with Robin from Good for the Palate, for breakfast of course. Very delicious beer. We enjoyed it a lot.

Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

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