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Flying Fish Exit 4 American Trippel

Beer review: Flying Fish Exit 4 American Trippel

Visually stunning orange body, but less than stellar head dissipates too quickly. Aroma is as expected orange cloves, honey, and banana, and taste is much the same. Very well done version of the style. Very hoppy, mindful of Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen. Delicious. Points off for being a gusher and quick head, but otherwise, fantastic. Available at Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $10.00

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Avery’s Collaboration not Litigation Belgian Strong Ale

Troeg's Collaboration not Litigation Strong Belgian Ale

Troeg's Collaboration not Litigation Strong Belgian Ale



Style; glass: Belgian Strong, Trappist, Snifter
22 fl oz x 8.72% ABV = 191.84 / 60 = 3.19 beers * 150 C = 478.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $8.99

Avery’s LNC is a Belgian IPA moshpit of flavors, with banana, peach, cloves, and hops all battling, and I’m the winner. It’s a beautiful mixture of flavors, an enjoyable layered voyage.

Update: The two brews were Avery’s Salvation and Russian River’s Salvation. I’ve had the RR, and it’s amazing, as this was. A great brew, a great opportunity for collaboration, and a great example of how mediation can transform potential conflict into real opportunity and creative achievement. Cheers.

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Brooklyn Local 2 Belgian Strong Ale
brooklyn local 2 belgian strong ale

brooklyn local 2 belgian strong ale

Style; glass:Belgian Strong; trappist
25.4 fl oz x 9% ABV = 228.6 / 60 = 3.81 beers * 150 C = 571.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $ (have to check)

Aroma: cloves, banana, peach, fruit. A wonderful version of the style, aroma fills the room.

Visuals: Meticulous packaging, beautiful and royal, thinner translucent head, hazy ruby body, gossamer lacing.

Taste: Begins bubbly, sweet, and washy, middles to a fruity candy, finishes dark with some bitterness. Delicious.

Palate: Heavily carbonated, very fresh, middle dulls and flavors emerge, finish is long lasting, sweetness, roastiness converging.

Overall: As most of my purchases from Garrett O., this is a quality brew, worth the price, with exquisite care, packaging, and attention to detail. Superb.



Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel
Pourn: Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Pourn: Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Volume: 25.4 fl oz * ABV: 9% = 220.5 / 60 = 3.67 beers * 150C = 550.5 C est.
RateBeer rating: 98

Style; Glass: Abbey Tripel; Trappist
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $8.99

Aroma:  fruity, musky, humid, wet. Nice mix. Faint aroma, but delicious.

Visuals: pale golden hazy, immense white long lasting head. Carbonation is a bit overactive, but calms down after some time.

Taste: delicious, rich, hoppy, layered, nicely balanced, slight burn of alcohol. Banana, cloves, pineapple, very hoppy.

Palate: back of tongue, top back, roof. finish is long, dark, deep, and fruity. This marriage of california style hops and Belgian style fruit is an instant classic for me.

Overall Impressions: Banana, cherry, lemon, orange, hops, bitterness. One of my all time favorites.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

Style; glass: IPA; tulip
22 fl oz x 6.9% ABV = 151.8 / 60 = 2.53 beers * 150 C = 379.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville for $7.99

Aroma: sweet, banana and cloves, some citrusy hops, pine, grass.

Visuals: packaging is beautiful, though screen printing always seems to be coming off the bottle. It gives the brand a bit of crumbly marble style, though I wonder if it’s intentional? Perhaps the most brilliant IPA I’ve ever seen, absolutely crystal clear. Like the final scene in THX 1138, it’s that bright sunlight. Golden, pale, transparent, bright white head, sticky fresh Belgian lace. Carbonation is continuous.

Taste: Delicious, sweet, and hoppy. A great blend, very much in the spirit of Chouffe’s Hobblon Dobblen (sp?). Expertly balanced, nice easygoing maltiness, great hops. Perhaps my favorite new session brew.

Palate: Crisp, clean, and refreshing. A dream of fusion of two of my favorite styles. I hope they develop an imperial of this. Starts very sweet, crisp, middle has a bit of a burn and slight roastiness, finish is hops and bitterness with a salty sweet end note. Amazing.

Overall: In terms of lighter brews and more reasonable ABVs, this is a clear winner, and easily my favorite IPA at the moment, and very much a favorite all around, though my top honor still goes to Mikkeller for Black. I’m going to get more, soon. Stone, just keep them coming, and please consider an imperial version of this.

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Allagash White

On tap at Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, PA, for $1.25 as part of a sampler flight. Deep, hazy gold, thick, white foamy head. Aroma is wheat, hay, grass, washy. Some banana, peach, and cloves. In the background. Softer, less warm than most Belgian styles. Lacing and legs are intense and sticky.



St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

Sorry people, this was on location, and so no visual media.

Style and Glass: Strong Dark Belgian Ale, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 22  fl oz. estimated at400 C
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA for $18.00

Aroma: malty, sweet, inviting.

Visuals: typical St. Bernardus label — neither inviting or not, like visiting an old friend, dark pour, thin head, opaque, dark body, red brown body, nice lace.

Taste: amazingly balanced, deep flavors, overlapping influences, peach, banana, cinnamon, bitter hops, high strength.

Palate: high quality, fruit juice texture, amazing, deep finish.

Overall: delicious. An amazing treat. Beautiful, rich, and deep. A repeat when I can afford it. A high level favorite. medium value. high craft. Paired with a brownie and ice cream dessert — matched well in sweetness and contrast.



Orval Trappist

Style and Glass: Trappist; trappist, tulip, tumbler, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories:6.2  % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ

Aroma: floral, metallic, banana, hops. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: minimal design, orange, thick, hazy, no head, little lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: unbalanced, metallic, little malt, no hops, weak strength, bad craft. 6 out of 10.

Palate: low quality, smooth texture, watery finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: I’m very disappointed. Something’s wrong here — what am I missing about why everyone loves this? Not a repeat, not nearly a favorite, little value, low craft. 12 out of 20.



Avery Salvation Belgian Strong Ale

Style and Glass: Belgian Strong Ale; Trappist, Tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $6.99

Aroma: wonderful, banana, peach, fruit. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: fine label design, brilliant, golden, clear, thin white head, nice lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: mostly malt, little hops, medium strength, lower craft, washy. 6 out of 10.

Palate: medium quality, washy texture, soft medium finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: not nearly as good as Golden Monkey — more like a high ABV Hoegaarden, not a repeat, not a favorite, lower value, lower craft. 13 out of 20.



Duvel

Fruity, hoppy aroma. Banana and cloves. Vision of morning sunlight. Taste is smooth, fruity with deep complex finish. Delicious. Starts very sweet, loose in the mouth — tight and dry in the finish. A great flavor, palate, and finish.




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