BeerCritic


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10/19/2008, 3:26 AM
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Just to prove it, here’s a poll:



Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Imperiale

Style and Glass: Belgian Strong; trappist, tulip, tumbler
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ

Aroma: very nice, cherry, chocolate, wine, sediment, moss. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: Gusher (like all Brasserie Des Rocs). nice label design and packaging, brown, murky, chunky with sediment, thin brown head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: unbalanced, pure malt, syrupy, no hops, low strength, medium craft. 8 out of 10.

Palate: medium quality, smooth texture, short fruity finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Very much like iced tea. Alcohol is almost unnoticable, not a repeat, not a favorite, low value, medium craft. 16 out of 20.



Bell’s Amber Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 81, Amber Ale, English Pint; shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.8% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Bound Beverages, Bensalem, PA for $3.33

Aroma: musky, dank, humid, sticky candy. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: tasteful, well designed, natural, bronze, hazy, unfiltered, off white head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: maple, cocoa, light bitterness, medium strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, clay, mud, longer malty finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Perhaps the best amber ale I’ve ever had. I would have it again.  Reasonable value.  Very well crafted.  18 out of 20.



Rock Art Magnumus ete Tomahawkus ESB3 Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 88, American Strong Ale, trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.99

Aroma: bitterness, grapefruit, pine, very nice. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: interesting and funny label, good unique presentation, clody orange color, staying white head, intricate lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: some barley, mostly hops, very strong, master craft. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, sandy texture, bitter, delicious finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: It’s all about the hops. Perhaps my perfect beer. I can’t wait to have it again. It’s a favorite. It is without a doubt, one of the best values I’ve encountered. Master crafted. 20 out of 20.



Lezajsk 1525 Jasne Pelne
09/10/2008, 5:20 AM
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Brewer and Brand: Lezajsk 1525 Jasne Pelne

ABV: 5.5%
Calories: estimated 200
Stored in: 16.9 fl oz
Served in: tulip
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors, Ewing, NJ
Price: $2.50
Price per fl oz $2.50/ 16.9 fl oz = $.14 per fl oz.
Consumed at: home

Aroma and Flavor: 6

Malts – Grain Hay Straw and light with Caramel and vanilla overtones. Not complex, but above average compared to american pils.
Hops – Flowery, Grassy. Tarry Pine, Resinous.
Yeast – Moldy, a bit dusty.
Miscellaneous – Plum Charcoal Honey and Brown sugar Vegetable (corn) not very sticky.

Appearance : 3

Head – Pours to a rocky creamy white head. Lacy with a wispy short lived head.
Body – Clarity sparkling and very clear yellow. slight gold tinge.

Flavor : 7

Initial flavor is nice, sweet, with a bit of hops at the end, but not bitter. Won’t stand up to anything, food wise, but a very nice beer.
Finish – sweet middling finish – not bad at all.

Palate : 3

Body – Light.
Texture – Watery Syrupy
Carbonation – Soft but visible
Finish – light to moderate
Alcohol – very little

Overall Score: 16
Comments: A surprisingly good beer – not my favorite type, but very enjoyable. Not deep or complex, but warming, and tasty.
I liked: The after taste, the slight hoppiness, and the sweetness. The aroma is nice, if tame.
I did not like: the slight watery theme, the lackluster color, and the lack of head.



Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
09/10/2008, 5:17 AM
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ABV: 4.2%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: flat footed 8 oz shaker
Purchased at: West Trenton Fine Wines and Liquors, Explorer
Price per fl oz: $13 / 144 fl oz = $0.09 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: It’s a lemonade based beer – it’s funny and cute, but not entirely inspiring or great.

Aroma/Olfactory: 6 out of 10
Malt flavor is: sugary, lemony, tea
Hop flavor is: floral, herbal tea
Yeast flavor is: leafy
Other flavors include: mint, tea, lemon, sugar, water

Visuals/Appearance: 3 out of 5
Color is: pale, cloudy yellow
Liquid is: cloudy
Head and lace are: minimal, white, disperses to nothing

Taste/Flavor: 5 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: none
Sour level is: light, acidic

Palate/Tactile: 2 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: light
Texture is: thin, sticky
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: middling and overly sweet

Overall experience: 11 out of 20. I liked the novelty of it. I did not like the overt branding of lemonade as beer – I wanted beer, rather than lemonade.



Leinenkugel Honey Weiss
09/10/2008, 5:16 AM
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ABV: 4.7%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: 4 fl oz flute
Purchased at: West Trenton Fine Wine and Liquor, Explorer Pack
Price per fl oz: $13 / 144 fl oz = $0.09 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Beautiful bright yellow sunny color – very clear, bubble trails, nicely carbonated. Clean crisp lager like taste. Honey is obvious but not overly cloying. No head or lacing at all.

Aroma/Olfactory: 4 out of 10
Malt flavor is: sweet, syrupy, meadow
Hop flavor is: floral, grass
Yeast flavor is: dust, pollen, moist
Other flavors include: clove, corn, vanilla

Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: bright, light golden, amber, yellow, shining
Liquid is: clear, sparkling
Head and lace are: initially thin and white, then nothing.

Taste/Flavor: 6 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: light,
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: none
Sour level is: none

Palate/Tactile: 3 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: light
Texture is: sticky, sugary
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: abrupt, sweet

Overall experience: 11 out of 20. I liked the flavor, the color, and the aroma. I did not like that each of these was a bit on the shy side, and that there was no head. Much like the berry weiss, this is very soda like, which is fine, but I was looking for a beer.



Leinenkugel Berry Weiss
09/10/2008, 5:16 AM
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ABV: 4.7%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: 4 oz stem goblet
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine & Liquors Explorer Pack
Price per fl oz: $13 / 144 fl oz = $0.09 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Heavy berry scent, very sweet, like a lightly carbonated fruit juice. Not bad, but not very mindful of beer in my opinion. Reminds me personally of a wine cooler. Color is beautiful. Scent and taste are good, and there is some depth to the flavor.

Aroma/Olfactory: 8 out of 10
Malt flavor is: syrupy, honey
Hop flavor is: floral, herbs
Yeast flavor is: dust, dry, small particles
Other flavors include: cherry, orange, kiwi, watermelon

Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: bright, red, sunset, fiery, light ruby tinges
Liquid is: clear, immaculate
Head and lace are: translucent white, short lived, fleeting. Like pop.

Taste/Flavor: 7 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: none
Sour level is: medium

Palate/Tactile: 2 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: light
Texture is: thin, sticky, like soda. Not watery at all.
Carbonation is: average
Finish is: abrupt, sweet.

Overall experience: 11 out of 20. I liked the aroma and color. I did not like the similarity to a fruit soda, though it might have its place paired with something heavy.



Lech Premium Beer
09/10/2008, 5:15 AM
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ABV: 5.5%
Calories: estimated at 200C
Volume: 16.9 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors Tour of Poland
Price per fl oz: $2.50 / 16.9 fl oz = $0.14 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Scent is less than appealing. Slightly pukish. Color is bright gold, with a bright white head. Flavor is typical, polish lager/ale. Hops come through, but only at the price of distinction. Flavor, color, taste, and depth are all very average.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: caramel, syrupy, cereal, toasted
Hop flavor is: herbs
Yeast flavor is: dusty, dirty, earthy.
Other flavors include: bubblegum, butterscotch, ginger, raisin, vanilla
Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: pale, yellow golden,
Liquid is: clear, slightly carbonated, bubble trail.
Head and lace are: minimal, white, quiet.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: none

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: light
Texture is: thin, sticky, slick, filmy
Carbonation is: soft
Finish is: middling, average

Overall experience: A nice beer, but not above average. I liked the flavor, scent, and presence. I did not like the head, color, or depth.



Kazimierz Pulaski Warka
09/10/2008, 5:14 AM
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Brewer and Brand: Kazimierz Pulaski Warka

ABV: 7.0
Calories: 200
Stored in: 16.9 oz bomber
Served in: Shaker
Purchased at: Capitol Plaza
Price: 1.50
Price per fl oz $1.50 / 16.9 fl oz = $0.08 per fl oz.
Date: March 19th, 2008

Aroma : 2

Straw Cereal very light and not very impressive.

Hops are Perfumey Grassy Pine lemony and not great.

Yeast a sugary Dough and salty, wet Broth

Miscellaneous flavors include Raisin Apple Charcoal Butter too much Honey Maple syrup Pepper Soured milk and Vinegar

Appearance : 1

Head – none
Head – Off-white and kind of sad.
Head – Lacing – none.
Head – Longevity is none.
Body – Clear sparkling
Density – thin
Bottle conditioned – no.
Body – medium Amber Orange

Flavor : 6

Initial flavor – not a bad flavor, and it grows on you. Once you get over the alcohol and sweet cloy, you can settle into an above average beer.
Sweet and a bit Sour while very Salty
Finish – Flavor Sweet and a bit Acetic.
Finish – Duration is long.

Palate : 2

Body – Light to medium
Texture – Oily and finishes Creamy.
Carbonation – Lively
Finish – Feel is Chalky
Alcoholic – moderate to heavy

Overall Score: 11
Comments: Not a bad beer, but a bit too smooth for me. A long aftertaste, and darkens in flavor over time, which is redeeming, but not by much.
I liked: The overall flavor. The color was nice. The aftertaste is very enjoyable.
I did not like: The cloying sweetness, the complete lack of head, and the simplicity of the components.