BeerCritic


Rochefort Trappistes 6
05/13/2008, 4:02 AM
Filed under: Abbey Dubbel (Trappist), Rochefort | Tags: , , , , ,

Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors
Price: $4.99 discounted due to age (consume by August 19 2008 )
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 7.5%
Estimated Calories: 170 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: more strong
Balance: more sweet
Impression: very nice

Malt Flavor: dark bread, brown sugar, toasted walnuts, caramel, grapes
Hops Flavor:
Earth Floral coriander
Other:
cherry corn
Notes: sour

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Brown
Clarity: chunky and cloudy
Head Retention: quite persistent
Notes: Visually, this beer suffers from age. The chunks of formed sediment are likely from the beer being past its drinking date.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: stronger
Balance: well balanced
Impression: Very nice. Fruity.
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Nut Caramel
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal Citrus
Other: cherry melon corn
Notes: A very well balanced flavor with layers of fruit and malts.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Warming
Body: medium
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length:Medium
Intensity: middle
Balance: middle
Notes: long lasting finish but very muted.

General Impression: 16 out of 20
Craftmanship: very very well done
Freshness: Stale notes likely make this great beer suffer.
Personal Taste: Liked very much, despite its age.
Notes: I’m looking forward to trying a fresher version of this.



Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen
05/13/2008, 3:25 AM
Filed under: Harpoon, wheat ale (shaker, weizen) | Tags: , , , , , ,

Glass: weizen
Purchased at: Gift from Sean P.
Price: Thanks, Sean!
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 5%
IBU:
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 25

Aroma 2 out of 10
Intensity: very Faint
Balance: sweeter
Impression: neutral

Malt Flavor: Grain wheat
Hops Flavor:
Citrus
Other:
Corn
Notes: Really nothing coming out in terms of aroma. Very still.

Appearance 1 out of 5
Color: Straw
Clarity: Dull
Head Retention: Good
Notes: head persistence and lacing seem chemically induced.

Flavor 3 out of 10
Intensity: Faint
Balance: neutral to sweet
Impression: neutral
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread
Hops Flavor: Herbal Spice Citrus
Other: Corn Chemical
Notes: Really very light, weak, and a bit watery.

Palate 2 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Drying
Body: very Light
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length: Short
Intensity: Faint
Balance: just a tiny bit of sweetness
Notes: It might as well be flat seltzer.

General Impression: 3 out of 20
Craftmanship: Boring
Freshness: seems a bit Stale
Personal Taste: Disliked very much.
Notes: There’s no ‘there’ there. It’s the first unfiltered beer that had no haze. It’s the first wheat beer that had no wheaty body. Poorly crafted, badly balanced, and just downright watery. Very much like a light beer, but I’m still consuming the extra 50 calories.



Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale
05/13/2008, 1:18 AM
Filed under: brown ale [bruin] (mug), Samuel Smith | Tags: , , , , , ,

ABV: 5%
RateBeer rating: 84
Calories: estimated at 220 C
Volume: 18.7
Glass: Dimpled Mug
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor
Price: $3.25
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Not a fantastic beer – rather light, not watery, but simple. Aroma is leather, earth, and serious hay — like a day at the farm. Visuals are a nice clear ruby brown with a sustained off white head. Taste is maybe the weakest feature, and a shame at that. Thin, muted, and a bit shallow. No discernible complexities of flavor, like ones you might expect in a brown ale, as from roasted or chocolate malts. Palate is crisp, dry, with a soda mouthfeel. Taste does not linger for long after, and doesn’t do much during a taste. Second Impression – it’s very sad that the same brewer that makes the Oatmeal stout does such a poor job of this. Thin, weak, sad.

Aroma: 4 out of 10

Visuals: 3 out of 5

Taste: 4 out of 10

Palate: 2 out of 5

Overall: 12 out of 20