BeerCritic


Rocheforte Trappiste 10
05/04/2008, 2:55 AM
Filed under: ABT/Quadrupel (trappist), Rochefort | Tags: , , , , ,

Rochefort Trappist 10ABV: 11.3 %
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz bottle
Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $5.49
Consumed at: home

Impression:Deep, dark rich, inpenetrable visually. Glorious, deep rich aroma, chocolate, greens, grains, and nuts. Very enjoyable. Rich, but not overpowering. Deep, but not murky or quicksand. A deep and full flavor signature of herbs, chocolate, sweets, malts, and spices. An absolutely satisfying beer.Rocheforte Trappistes 10

Aroma: 9 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 9 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 18 out of 20 – A wonderful, deep, and highly enriched beer.

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Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

Samuel Smith Oatmeal StoutABV: 5 %
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz bottle
Glass: concave shaker
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $2.75
Consumed at: home

Impression: A rich, deep dark body with a thick tan head. Impressive for such a widely available beer. Almost impenetrable but has a deep ruby core in bright light. Deep, rich, and full flavor with good long aftertaste. Chocolate, roasted coffee, raisin, plum, and orange peel are evident. A very good example of a well crafted mass produced beer. Good finish and aftertaste. Enjoyable, drinkable, and with depth of flavor throughout.

Samuel Smith Oatmeal StoutAroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 9 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20

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Dogfish Head Raison D’Extra

Raison d\'ExtraABV: 18.5 %
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $5.99
Consumed at: home

Impression: A beautifully dark, deep ruby color, slightly hazy due to bottle conditioning. The alcohol is present even in the aroma, but it is also a mix of chocolate, raisins, and sweetness and flowers. The taste is just too much for me. Very much like the 120 Minute IPA, it simply overwhelms the palate, and tastes almost like syrup, but an alcoholic syrup. It demands to be lightly sipped. Just a bit on the tongue is all I can enjoy, and I’m not that big a fan of raisins. It makes one’s eyes cross. Affects all areas of the mouth. Rich like molten lava cake, it’s hard for me to enjoy, though I’m glad I found my limits in this latest batch of tastings.

Dogfish Head Raison D\'ExtraAroma: 9 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 15 out of 20

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Ommegang Hennepin Saison Farmhouse Ale
05/04/2008, 1:12 AM
Filed under: Ommegang, Saison [farmhouse ale] (tulip) | Tags: , , , ,

Ommegang HennepinABV: 7.7%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $2.50
Consumed at: home

Impression: A nice creamy yellow color, ends hazy in the pour due to style, bottle conditioning and large particles. A nice white head with good lace. Seems just a bit chemical or metallic in flavor. Usual fruity notes are missing from this Belgian style. Awash in oceanic carbonation. Reminds of champagne, but without the hit of alcohol. Flavor isn’t very forthcoming, but spiciness is there. Not a bad beer by any means, but it is mostly about texture, which is uncommon. I didn’t enjoy this very much.

Ommegang HennepinAroma: 6 out of 10

Visuals: 3 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 14 out of 20

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