Orenda: Volume 2

Image courtesy of Pollyanna Brewing Company.

Image courtesy of Pollyanna Brewing Company.  Sorry, I drank it.

Orenda Volume 2, brewed by Pollyanna Brewing Co., Lemont, IL, is a flavorful Belgian-style quadrupel ale, aged for 9 months in cabernet sauvignon and Burgundy barrels.  The beer was brewed to celebrate Pollyanna’s first anniversary, and what a great way to celebrate.  Orenda is a slightly hazy, medium brown beer that produces a fairly thin head but generous lacing.  The bouquet is slightly tart with a good does of caramel sweetness and obvious red wine notes, and a clean alcohol tang at the end.  Take a sip of Orenda and you will begin to appreciate it even more.  There’s a fair amount of sweetness which is offset by a refreshing tart edge.  Think of Orenda as a strong red wine with a caramel malt backbone.  9.3% ABV strong.  Wrap it up with a tart, dry finish and you have a complex but not daunting locally brewed treat.  It’s only available at the brewery in 22 oz. bombers, and it may be gone by now, but will surely be back by popular demand in some form.

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