Bistro 8 – Revealing a Mythical Brew
Last night I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to try one of the fabled ultra-rare beers that even the most seasoned connoisseurs, aficionados, industry insiders and the like have heard only whispers and mutterings about. Queue the angelic overture. The bistro 8 is an unreleased, non-production beer intended to be enjoyed exclusively by the power elite while they dine at some of the most select restaurants the world has to offer. According to one source, the Bistro 8 is the beer of choice that the President of Anheuser-Busch keeps on hand while wining and dining the beer world’s leaders. Thanks to its exclusivity and elusiveness, other than the fact that it was trademarked by Anheuser-Busch in May of 2006 and it weighs in at a beefy 7% ABV, there is very little information about the Bistro 8 available anywhere. According to what little information I did manage to uncover, the Bistro 8 was concocted in order to specifically act as a palette cleanser between courses during the previously mentioned titans of industries lavish banquets.
Once the foil was peeled back and the cap screwed off, the nose of the Bistro 8 exploded from the ornately designed green bottle. Aromas of numerous exotic citrus fruits combined with just a hint of mild spices intermingled to create the aromatic bouquet. As I poured the mystery brew into my glass the beer appeared to be more effervescent than an average beer, but less bubbly then say a sparkling wine or champagne.
The first sip of the Bistro 8 is an experience all to itself. The cacophony of flavors that crossed over my palette was intense. Notes of pear, peach and pomegranate were constantly vying for my attention while numerous more subtle citrus flavors continued to dance to the forefront. The finish of the Bistro 8 is a cool and refreshing note of green apple that progressively intensifies as the rest of the flavors begin to rest. Unfortunately, my description of the Bistro 8 just doesn’t do it justice. The way that the uniquely carbonated beer enveloped my palette and neutralized the remnants of drinks past was nothing short of amazing. Because of its almost chemical like reaction, I decided to set up my own series of tests by enlisting the help of a powerful I.P.A., a highball of 12yr Jameson and a rich maduro vitola. As if somehow magical, the Bistro 8 completely whitewashed my palette within seconds, leaving behind only the sweet and tart zing of a golden delicious. This is truly an amazing product!
Several times throughout my imperative and sociologically significant research I remarked to those around me that if the Bistro 8 were available, I would buy it by the case and include it in every meal. That’s right breakfast, I’m looking at you! Unfortunately for myself and the rest of us mere mortals, that dream couldn’t be further from fruition. In the end, it’s a rare and wonderful occurrence when expectations and results are equally matched and in this case they were in spades!