BeerCritic


St. Bernardus Prior 8

Style and Glass: Belgian Strong, trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C

Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $17.00 as a part of a gift pack complete with glass.

Aroma: sour, fainter, flowers, metallic, mold

Visuals: inviting, dark, moat, deep brown, nearly opaque, thin, staying, off white head, tight lace.

Taste: well balanced, maple, syrup, sour, woody, fruity, plum, cherry, orange, slightly bitter.

Palate: whole tongue active, sweet, bitter, delicious, mellow, blunt, long dark finish.

Overall: Delicious and remarkable. Deep, dark, and multi-layered. I’d love to have it again, though generally, I prefer sweeter Belgian variants.



Victory Prima Pils

Victory Prima Pils
ABV: 5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 150
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s
Price per fl oz: $8 / 72 fl oz = $0.11 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 18th, 2008

sensory first impression: No head but a beautiful yellow golden beer. A pilsner, to be sure – pale, clear, and plain, visually. Aroma is smoky. Aroma is deep and rich. Aroma is hints of pork and cabbage. Taste is delicious, rich and hinting of other flavors. I taste bologna. I taste bread. I taste lettuce. I taste toast. It’s wonderfully balanced, a superlative taste but so very simple and unidimensional. Lacing is nice, but head is minimal. Warm with light alcohol. A great simple beer.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: bread, cereal, nuts, toast, oats.
Hop flavor is: resinous, floral, very herbaceous
Yeast flavor is: doughy, thick, moldy, leathery, deep.
Other flavors include: bubblegum, lightly cherry, ginger, raisin, smoke

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: pale, golden, amber, light, thin, white.
Liquid is: clear, immaculate
Head and lace are: minimal, white

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

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: creamy, thick, silky
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: long and wonderfully balanced.

Overall experience: Visually this is not a stimulating beer, but so rewarding in other ways. It’s delicious in terms of taste, though not overwhelming in any way. It’s feel is enveloping, smooth, and mellow. Its aroma is enticing, but not overwhelming. It’s a wonderful beer, and easily my favorite pilsner.



Avery Old Jubilation Ale

No pics, friends, sorry. I was out and about, away from the photostudio.

Style and Glass: Strong English Ale, Pint
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA for $5.00

Aroma: tannins, grapes, malty, sweet, honey, fruity

Visuals: beautiful label, summer sunset, deep, ruby, nice tan head, hazy, long lasting lace.

Taste: well balanced, heavy barley malt, cherry, peach, some hops, good strength.

Palate: high quality, sticky texture, long burnt finish.

Overall: Wonderful, delicious, great flavor & finish. I’d love to repeat. It’s a favorite. High value. High craft. I paired it with vegetarian chili and a blackened chicken wrap — absolutely delicious, and a very good pairing.



Uinta 15th Anniversary Barleywine

I picked up a 6 of this brew on spec at Super Saver Pennington for about $11. It’s 10.4% ABV in 12 oz. I poured it into a snifter as per the style.

Beautiful deep ruby with a static tan head and beautiful lacing. Viscosity seems a bit light, but no worries.

Aroma is wine, oak, whiskey, figs, and cherry. Wonderful to inhale. Sweet on the intake.

Taste has a nice hoppy bite to balance out the very malty base. Acrid, stays on the tongue towards the front and the back. Mold, roses, and peaches. Burnt. Old cherries. Very nice. Very well done, nicely balanced and tasty. Fruit on the palate. Lingers nicely.

Like a sponge. Very dry. A mouthful of flowers. long wonderful finish.

It’s very nice. I’d love to have it again. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth it.



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.



Gouden Carolus Ambrio

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 86, Belgian Strong, Trappist, tulip, tumbler
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8% in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $3.50 ($13.99 Belgian sampler)

Aroma: fruity, cherry, sour. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: floaters, brilliant, angry, red, long lasting white head, subtle lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: cherry, sour, watery, warm, dark, roasted, bitter, medium craft. 7 out of 10.

Palate: washy, dry, spongey, long, subtle, bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Seems like a kriek, but much less intense than something from Cantillion.  I would not go out of my way to have it again. Craft seems strangely lacking. 16 out of 20.



G. Schneider & Sohn Aventinus

BEER: G. Schneider & Sohn Aventinus Wheat Doppelbock Ale

ABV: 8.2% 16.9 fl oz bottle
BREWER: G. Schneider & Sohn
GLASS: Weizen
PURCHASED AT: Shop Rite Liquors, Hamilton, NJ
PRICE: $ 2.95
Price per fl oz $2.95 / 16.9 fl oz = $.17 per fl oz.

Date: Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Aroma : 10

Malty – heavy, dark bread, burned cookie, straw, burnt, nutty, molasses, dark chocolate, mild coffee.
Hoppy – light, perfume, herbs, resinous, orange and lime citrus,
Yeasty – heavy, dough, leather, soap, mold, broth.
Miscellaneous – banana, prune, apple, cherry, red wine, tar, butterscotch, maple syrup, clove, alcohol, sulfur.

Appearance : 4

Head – initially large, rocky, firm. Turns to thin film. white with virtually no Lacing. Longevity is Fully diminishing
Body – Clarity is minimal, with normal carbonation. A murky, muddy, milky brown. Medium body, with average density. Bottle conditioned. Hue is brown with deep orange highlights.

Flavor : 9

Initial flavor is moderately sweet, somewhat acidic, lightly bitter and slightly acetic.
Finish – long finishing flavor is lightly sweet heavily acidic, moderately bitter, and quite sour.

Palate : 4

Body is Medium to full
Texture is very Dry and somewhat creamy.
Carbonation is Soft
Finish – Feel
o Astringent – light
o Alcoholic – moderate

Overall Score (1-20): 16
Comments: A very nice ale, overall, and an amazing array of flavors. Much different from all of the American beers I’ve been enjoying. The subtlety of flavor compounds, texture, and aroma are exquisite. A fine ale, but not necessarily the first thing I’d go for, though for someone who appreciates complex and fruity flavors, it’s an amazingly complex and inviting drink.



North Coast 25th Anniversary Ale (La Merle)

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 89, Saison, tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7.3 % in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s in Burlington, NJ (thanks for the ladder walk, Mike) for $7.12

Aroma: champagne, apple, soapy, licorice. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: slightly cloudy, golden, bright white, persistent head, thick, foamy lace, best lace ever. 5 out of 5.

Taste: apple, cherry, grape, chemical finish, a bit wet, medium craft. 7 out of 10.

Palate: foamy, surf, bubbly, highly carbonated, medium finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Visually appealing. Rather chemical finish, and a bit soapy. I would not seek it out again, though it was not bad. It seemed a bit more commercial than craft. 16 out of 20.



Captain Lawrence Smoke from the Oak, batch 2 (Wine Barrel)

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, Porter, English Pint, Stem Glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.4% in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 340C
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite in South Plainsfield, NJ for $14.99 (special thanks to Jay for this back store grab.)

Aroma: wine, oak, age, extraordinary, overwhelming, pungent. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: fully opaque, black, thin wispy tan head, strong lacing. 5 out of 5.

Taste: grapes, oak, electric, sauerkraut, wet, burnt, pine, cherry, beautifully crafted. 9 out of 10.

Palate: surf, mercury, long, strong, bitter, sour. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Reminds me of the smell of a house burning. I wouldn’t seek it out again – smoked is not my favorite style, though I’m glad I had a chance to sample it. It’s extremely well crafted, and in my palate, it’s extremely close to wine. 17 out of 20.



Cantillon Lou Pepe Pure Kriek 2004

Glass: flute, tumbler
Purchased at: OakTree BuyRite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jason and Matt)
Price: $22.99
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 5 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 300 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: cork opening, but uneventful, beautiful, continuous carbonation, quiet, luscious pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sharp

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: sour
Hops Aroma
: wholly floral, rose, cinnamon, clove,
Other Aroma
: orange, cherry, lemon

Notes: You have to be able to enjoy sour to get into a cherry behemoth like this. While it’s not my favorite style, I genuinely appreciate it when it’s done well. It’s done perfectly.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: ruby

Clarity: nearly opaque

Head Retention: poor

Lace: poor

Notes: Very much like a sparkling wine, with great visual effects.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: sour
Hops Flavor: rose, lemon, rind
Other: cherry, plum, dates, raisin

Notes: An absolutely overwhelming sourness and bitterness. Done with finesse and great care.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying

Body: full

Carbonation: heavy

Finish

Length: long

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Notes: A dark, oaky, bitter finish and a very dry bite. delicious.

General Impression: 19 out of 20

Craftmanship: excellent

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: liked very much.

Notes: As I said, while this is not my go to style (luckily, since I couldn’t afford it) I definitely appreciate when it’s done well, and this is very well crafted. It demands to be sipped.