De Ranke XX Bitter

ABV: 6.2%
RateBeer rating: 93
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 11.2 fl oz
Glass: trappist, tulip, tumbler
Purchased at: Circle Liquors super saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $4.19
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Aroma is fruity and Belgian styled, but a bit chemical.  Visuals are beautiful deep hazy gold with a long lasting thick head. Taste is dark, hoppy, and fruity. Well done. Palate is crisp and with a long dark bitter finish. Second Impression. A well crafted brew. Expensive, but enjoyable. Hoppy and deep, with good texture.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20

Brasserie Des Rocs Brune

Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $8.99
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 9 %
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 100

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance:  Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain  Sweet Toast Nut 
Hops Flavor:
Floral Herbal Spice
Other: Cherries, kiwi, peach

Notes: A wonderful aroma – a strong scent of fruit and a delicious introduction.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Brown
Clarity: almost opaque
Head Retention: Poor
Notes: Highly carbonated upon opening, such that it was a slow open, but it was worth the wait, though the head is lacking.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Sweet Toast Nut Toffee
Hops Flavor: Floral Herbal Spice  Citrus
Other: Fruit
Notes: A classic Belgian brown.

Palate 4 out of 5

Sensation: Warming
Body:  Full
Carbonation:  Faint

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Notes: A very smooth brew, with a well hidden alcohol content, and quite fruity.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship:  Excellent
Freshness:  Fresh
Personal Taste: Liked
Notes: A very nice beer, despite the slow opening session.

Brooklyn Local 1
ABV: 9%
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 25.4 fl oz
Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Glendale Liquors, Hamilton
Price: 7.99
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Belgian overtones, with lager aromas. Head is nice, thick, but dissipates quickly. Head and lacing look enhanced – foamy, bright white. Body is deep amber with orange highlights. Nice immediate flavor. Orange, piney, with a spicy bite. Slightly hazy with an alcohol burn, but to be expected at 9%.

Aroma: 9 out of 10
banana, apple, kiwi, piney, long full mouth effects. sandy, crisp and dry. Could easily be mistaken for a deep champagne.

Visuals: 4 out of 5
Color is amber, and bright. Liquid is slightly hazy, but bottle conditioning is quite evident. Head and lace are white, thin, and disappointing.

Taste: 9 out of 10
fruity, dark, hoppy, and hot. Bitter with Sour overtones.

Palate: 5 out of 5
Body is very full, Mouthfeel is heavy and well rounded. Active everywhere on the palate – one of the most impressive beers I’ve had in this regard. Texture is sharp, dry and crisp. Carbonation is heavy. Finish is long, malty, dark, roasted, and deep.

Overall experience: 18 out of 20. I liked the flavor, darkness, roasted notes, celebratory style. A fantastic housewarming gift.

Unibroue 15

ABV: 10%
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 25.4 fl oz
Glass: Pilsener
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor, West Trenton, NJ
Price: $8.00
Consumed at: home

First Impression: I was surprised by the overcarbonated pop upon releasing the cork. It took me a few minutes to clean up and find the cork, and explain that I was okay to my wife. It’s a celebratory ale. Point the cork away from your face, a word to the wise. Herbal, flowery aroma, but not too active. Visuals include a completely missing head, a very large particle hazy body, and a deep golden color. A bit varied in color, flavor, and texture from the typical hefe or witte. Taste is typically fruity, but very well done. It’s exemplar in its adherence to style. Palate is perhaps its best feature. Nicely carbonated with a longer finish. Some hoppiness, some malt, and lots of fruit, but not approaching cloying or overly sweet. Second Impression: A very nice beer, and says much of their (now 17 year) achievement. I enjoy almost everything this brewery puts out, and this is by no means an exception.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 9 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 18 out of 20