BeerCritic


Avery Hog Heaven BWSA
Avery's Hog Heaven BWSA

Avery's Hog Heaven BWSA

Style and Glass: BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $7.19

Aroma: Very nice. Aromatic. Grapes, hay, olive oil. Spices. Flowery. A very inviting scent. Foretells of a certain kind of wallop.

Visuals: Beautiful packaging, as with most Avery brews. The reddish slightly hazy body seems angry, ruby, bloody. It is fairly brilliant to start, but gets hazier with pour. Thick off white head and lace are staying, sticky, and wonderful.

Taste: Beautifully balanced. The alcohol is well hidden, but there is clearly a lingering burn, mixed with a sweet tea moment. Delicious, bitter, and satisfying, but most surprising of all, it can be tasted. Restrained, and wonderfully so. Nice hop bitterness throughout, but the malt is forefront. On a longer sip, fruits emerge. Cherry, grape, melon, sweetness, but not overly so. Warm, spicy, and simply delightful.

Palate: A long lasting flavor of tea, hops, licorice, grapefruit, and cherry. A wonderful warming sensation throughout, clearly due to the ABV, but the usual burn on the palate is missing. That’s killer.

Overall: Near the top of my list for Barelywines. I prefer a bit more of a cloying flavor in a BWSA, whereas this is much dryer. I’ll search this out again though. I’d love to pair it with a medium rare steak, some al dente green vegetables with a spicy sauce, or a spicy potato masala dosa.

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Green Flash Le Freak

Style and Glass: Begian strong; trappist, tulip, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $8.99

Aroma: very nice, spicy, aromatic, smooth, fruity, delicious. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: nice packaging, copper, golden, hazy, unfiltered, thin white head, loose lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: almost balanced, medium malt, heavy hops, surprising, great strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, rippled texture, long bright finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Done in the tradition of Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, where the hops and bananas all get in bed together. Definitely a repeat, though maybe not a favorite, okay value, high craft. 18 out of 20.



Southern Tier Hoppe DIPA

Style and Glass: DIPA; tulip, snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 360 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $5.99

Aroma: fresh, nice, aromatic, pine, citrus. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: beautiful label, golden, brilliant, clear, persistent, white head, slowly dissipating lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: well balanced, sweet malt, bitter hops, strong, well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, high texture, strong finish, drying, delicious. 5 out of 5.

Overall: A beautifully executed imperial IPA. Everything it should be. I’ll have it again. It’s an exemplar.  Of average value. Beautifully crafted, and I expected nothing less of Southern Tier. 20 out of 20



Bell’s Oberon Wheat Ale

Glass: weizen

Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA

Price: $5.00

Size: 12 fl oz

ABV: 6%

IBU:n/a

Estimated Calories: 160 C

RateBeer Rating: 82

Aural: quiet opening, little carbonation, easy pour

Aroma 7 out of 10

Intensity: medium

Balance: sweet

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: whole wheat flour, nut, light caramel

Hops Aroma: dust, dirt, grass, coriander, lemon

Other Aroma: apple

Notes: A very nice aroma – not overpowering, but enjoyable, sweet, demure.

Appearance 4 out of 5

Color: amber

Clarity: cloudy

Head Retention: thin but persistent

Lace: poor

Notes: A very nice example of an American wit. Good color, nice yeasty cloudiness, like a sunset. Head is present but thin.

Flavor 8 out of 10

Intensity: medium

Balance: sweet

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: wheat, sugar, rye, peanut
Hops Flavor: dust, rind, coriander, lemon, orange
Other: apple

Notes: A very tasty, if light, flavor. What many might call a good lawnmower beer, but by no means a killer beer.

Palate 3 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy

Body: light

Carbonation: faint

Finish

Length: short

Intensity: faint

Balance: sweet

Notes: A crisp, quick finish is my least favorite part of this beer – it’s refreshing, but with a short lived refreshment.

General Impression: 16 out of 20

Craftmanship: very nice.

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: liked.

Notes: It was enjoyable, delicious and simple, but many other wits and belgian styles would be my choice when spending $5 on a 12 oz bottle.



Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale

ABV: 5.5%
RateBeer rating: 67
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass:concave pilsner
Purchased at: Varsity Liquors, Princeton, NJ
Price: 1.33 as part of mixed pack
Consumed at: home

First Impression: A pretty, aromatic beer with a very steadfast head. Aroma is wheat and bread. Visuals are deep, clear copper with an impressive white head. Taste is agreeable with a bit of added tea flavor. Palate is fairly faint with a long sour aftertaste, but not very intense. Second Impression: a good beer for a certain palate: one without a horror movie sensibility – good flavor and finish, but a bit calm for me.

Aroma: 6 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 14 out of 20



St. Bernadus Abt 12

Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ and Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $4.25 or less
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 10%
Estimated Calories: 200 C

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: between Sweet and Sharp
Impression: very Nice

Malt Flavor: toasted Grains Bread Toast Nuts Caramel Toffee
Hops Flavor:
Floral Jungle Spice
Other:
Fruit and lots of it
Notes: This is beautifully aromatic – one of the finest aromas I’ve ever had the pleasure to enjoy in a beer.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: brown
Clarity: Cloudy
Head Retention: Very, very good.
Notes: My original tasting was a gusher, but my subsequent tasting gave no such issue. An absolute standard for the type. Dark fully opaque body, with a long lasting, consistent bright white head.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity: Middle
Balance: More sweet than bitter, but fairly well balanced.
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Toast Nut Tea
Hops Flavor: Earth Herbal Citrus
Other: Fruit and lots of it
Notes:  The flavor is nice, and the fruity backdrop is a well balanced and delicious setting.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Warming
Body: Medium
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Medium
Balance: more Sweet
Notes: This is quite enjoyable as a standard of the Belgian Abbey Trappist style.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: Very, very good.
Freshness: I think that this second tasting was fairly fresh.
Personal Taste: Liked, quite abit.
Notes: A lesson — always enjoy a beer well within its intended tasting period, or suffer the consequences of enjoying at a later date.



Rochefort Trappiste 8

ABV: 9.2%
RateBeer rating: 100
Calories: estimated at 200C
Volume: 11.2 fl oz
Glass: trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $4.99 discounted due to 02 09 2008 consume by date.
Consumed at: home

First: Very cluttered deposits, surely due to age. Does not hurt the taste very much if at all. In pouring, the color went from rather clear red, to a ruby, to an impenetrable dark brown. Head was fleeting at best, though hangs on to a thin film. Again, likely due to age. Notes of cherry, alcohol, nuts, yeast, and peach. A very layered set of flavors, and very nice. Hoppy and aromatic. Whiffs of dust and cardboard. Nice lacing. Palate is crisp, sandy, and subtle. Long lasting fruity finish. A very nice beer. I think that a fresher one will do even better.

Aroma 9 out of 10

Visuals 4 out of 5

Taste 8 out of 10

Palate 4 out of 5

Second A very good beer, though a fresher one would do better, I’m sure. Certainly worth its praise.

Overall 17 out of 20