BeerCritic


St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

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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.



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



Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale

Style and Glass: Amber/Red Ale, Pint, Mug
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $2.50

Aroma: impressive, hops, grapefruit. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: simple, effective, deep red, clear, persistent white head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

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

Palate: high quality, syrupy texture, long bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: a great IPA derivative, I would have it again in a heartbeat, it’s a favorite, high value, well crafted. 20 out of 20.