(7.50% ABV) Biere Joi was poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass at home on a recent Sunday afternoon. The beer appeared a dark brown with tawny highlights, and was accompanied by a head of light chocolate-colored foam that quickly subsided.
The smell was pure chocolate on the nose, with just a hint of peppery spice. The strong smell of roast coffee was evident, as well: this beer was brewed in partnership with Mello Joy, the original Cajun coffee brand.
The coffee won on the initial tasting, and the savory notes given off by the peppers from Primo's in Lafayette, Louisiana were definitely there in the beer's elegant finish. Biere Joi was not nearly as sweet as the nose would lead one to believe, and the peppers add a very unexpected -- but increasingly welcome -- bit of heat to the finish.
This is definitely a beer to savor, and one to celebrate the many jois of life with: A