Friday, August 17, 2012
Crescent City Brewhouse to try a few beers, the first of which being the Belgian Ale, one of their Special Ales. The beer pours an amber color with a frothy cream colored head. The aroma is spicy and yeasty with some raisin accents and is a little musty. The taste is caramel, candi sugar, Belgian spice, yeast, grass, and has a peppery finish. The alcohol content is not available online, but I would estimate it to be about 6.0% ABV. This beer can best be described as a decent homebrew, and nothing more. I wasn’t impressed with it, and the flavors did not blend well together at all.
Birrificio Le Baladin Nora Sour while at Avenue Pub in New Orleans. The beer pours a golden color with a faint bubbly white head. The aroma consists of lemon, tartness, bread, and a hint of vinegar. The taste is refreshing and lemony with a light grass flavor. Overall, it is lightly tart with a slight barnyard funk and a bready mouth feel. The alcohol content is 6.8% ABV. This was a wonderful tasting beer with a great tart flavor. This would be a beer to give to a sour novice to help them get in to the style, but is also appreciated by someone who loves sours.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 12 on release day while at Avenue Pub in New Orleans. The beer pours an amber color with almost no head. The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, lemon, and grass. The taste is boozy with a caramel and toffee sweetness. A helping of hops gives the beer a grassy finish with a hint of lemon, and pepper lingers in the after taste. The alcohol content is 10.0% ABV. This beer was pretty decent while drinking fresh, but I feel that with age it would become even better. The alcohol was a little too hot in this beer, but the rest of the flavors were quite exquisite.
Evil Twin Yin and Yang Black and Tan. The beer pours a black color with a bubbly tan head. The aroma consists of tangerine, grapefruit, orange, spruce, chocolate, and toasted malts. The taste is bitter and dry with plenty of citrus including tangerine, orange, and grapefruit. These bitter flavors play well with dry toasted malts. A dark chocolate finish and spruce after taste finish out the beer drinking experience. The alcohol content is 11.1% ABV. The impact that both the Double IPA and the Imperial Stout had in the beer was amazing, as neither drowned the other. Each provided wonderful notes and made a very dynamic beer.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Abita Brewpub in Abita Springs, LA was Turbodog. The beer pours a dark brown color with a frothy beige head that leaves a film on the glass. The aroma consists of caramel, toasted malts, and strong coffee. The taste is bold with coffee before settling in with some chocolate and a strong toasted malt presence. There is a dry roasted finish as well. The alcohol content is 5.6% ABV. This was a very well done English Brown Ale that had a great coffee presence, tying the chocolate and malt flavors all together nicely.
Abita Andygator while at the Abita Brewpub in Abita Springs. The beer pours a golden color with a thin bubbly white colored head. The aroma consists of alcohol, caramel, grass, toffee, and malts. The taste is sweet with an earthy spice, grass, and pepper. Caramel and toffee construct a sweet base, while a slight alcohol burn appears on finish. The alcohol content is 8.0% ABV. This beer was sweet but well balanced overall and had nice alcohol burn on the finish that really tied the beer together.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Joboy’s BrewPub in Manheim, PA, I ordered a glass of the BPA (Belgian Pale Ale). The beer pours a golden color with a frothy white colored head. The aroma consists of yeast, pepper, Belgian spices, banana, cloves, and grass. The taste is sweet and spicy at the same time with a good banana base with lemon accents. Pepper and Belgian spices accentuate the sweetness nicely and it has a grassy finish. The alcohol content is 4.5% ABV. I enjoyed this Belgian Pale Ale, as it was neither overly sweet or spicy, but very complimentary on both sides.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Duclaw eXile X-1- Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter and I decided to share it at our weekly bottle share. I previously had the bourbon barrel aged version of this beer, but I wanted to try the base beer. The beer pours a black color with a frothy tan colored head. The aroma consists of rye, toasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and milk. The taste is toasted malts, coffee, rye spiciness, and an overall roasty flavor. The finish is pepper and most rye spiciness. The alcohol content is 8.0% ABV. This was a rather delicious beer, and it was only spoiled by the fact that I had the bourbon barrel aged version prior to this one.
Ommegang Biere D’hougoumont to share at our weekly bottle share. The beer pours a viscous golden color with a frothy white head. The aroma consists of grass, lemon, wheat, maple syrup, and oak. The taste is dry and sweet with a light grassy flavor with some lemon accents. It has a bready mouth feel. A bit of maple syrup comes out in the finish and dries out with oak. The alcohol content is 7.3% ABV. This was a very different beer that played with a nice dryness and that is complimented well with maple syrup, yet I feel that it fell a little short of being overly enjoyable.