Tasting: October 13, 2012
Style: Belgian Ale
Evolution Migration Series
Posing this bottle made me to recall looking out an office window yesterday and seeing the familiar flying of what I guess were migrating ducks. Their wings beat choppy quick strokes and they whizzed off in a southerly direction. Again, a beer leads me on another serendipitous journey of discovery. Even if it’s just trivial information.
Migration is a non-stop flight for most species. Ducks fly between 30 – 50 miles per hour and with a generous tailwind, a mallard for example, might fly 800 miles in about 8 hours. The fastest recorded flight? 100 mph – no surprise this duck was being chased by an airplane. The longest migration takes 60 – 72 hours of non-stop flying and covers 3,000 miles. One other interesting migration fact. While ducks migrate between 200 – 4,000 feet a mallard was struck by a plane at an altitude of 21,000 feet and a skeleton of a duck was found on Mount Everest at 16,400 feet.
It’s another take home souvenir from my Delaware vacation. What caught my eye with Evolution Migration Series was that it was seasonal and aged in rum barrels. If you didn’t know, rum is distilled from sugar cane or a sugar cane derivative like molasses. It makes me think “sweet” and I like sweetness. Normally, I can say this beer reminds me of this other beer – but this one is totally unique. Think of a simple Belgian-style ale amped up sweet fruit and rums. The experience is kind of like chewing a few pieces of Juicy Fruit gum, while drinking a beer and finishing with a kiss of some straight rum — really! Totally digging it. 89 points. I think this one would be really interesting with some age. Maybe next trip to Delaware.