This week, Spiteful Brewing is releasing Absinthe Barrel-Aged Klutzy Buffoon Saison, aged for 47 days in a Letherbee Distillers absinthe barrel. Known for flagships Spiteful IPA and Alley Time Pale Ale–both six-pack 12-ounce offerings–Spiteful recently added absinthe barrels to its stock of bourbon and rye whiskey barrels. Spiteful is currently barrel-aging Mrs. O'Leary's Chocolate Milk Stout, God Damn Pigeon Porter, Malevolence Russian Imperial Stout, and Sales Guy Abbey Single.
Spiteful co-founder Jason Klein describes the distinctive nature of their Absinthe Barrel-Aged Klutzy Buffoon Saison: "We know of a brewery out East that incorporated absinthe and oak chips with a beer. But to our knowledge, this is the first absinthe barrel-aged beer to be produced," Klein said. Located across the hall from Spiteful, Letherbee ages their absinthe for five to six months in virgin, charred American oak. "We're lucky to be neighbors of Letherbee [Distillers]. We couldn't have done this without them." Spiteful packaged 264 bottles of their absinthe barrel-aged saison, for sale at select accounts in the Chicagoland area.
Spiteful representative Calvin Fredrickson speaks of the characteristics Klutzy Buffoon Saison took on during its time in the barrel: "Pungent anise aroma. Clean palate with a dry finish. Subtle oak character. The combination of the saison yeast and the absinthe barrel character made for a truly unique flavor profile. I have never had a beer like this, and I find myself coming back to the glass after each sip."