BeerCritic


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.

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St. Bernardus Pater 6

Style and Glass: Belgian Ale, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6% in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ as part of a $17.00 gift pack with glass.

Aroma: beautiful scent, flowery, cherries, peach, cloves, spicy, fruity, oak.

Visuals: simple, beautiful packaging, cloudy iced tea, deep reddish brown, nearly opaque, staying white head, intricate fresh lace.

Taste: deep and balanced, hearty fruity malt, some fleeting hops, lighter body than expected.

Palate: crisp, clean, but obviously unfiltered, longer fruit based finish.

Overall: A wonderful brew. A bit expensive for what it is, understandably so, but a very nice experience.



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.



Flying Dog Kerberos Tripel

Nice inviting aroma of cloves, banana, and spices. Hint of the alcohol. Head completely disappears, but body is golden and brilliant. no lacing whatsoever. Taste is flat, banana, cloves, and spices. About what you’d expect from the aroma. There is a slightly interesting hoppy finish, but short lived. Some Flying Dogs are amazing, like the Gonzo, and others, like this, are still interesting, but just okay as a craft offering.



La Chouffe Belgian Strong Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 96, Belgian Strong, Trappist, tulip, tumbler
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $6.99

Aroma: sweet, banana, cloves, fruit. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: hazy, golden, thin white head, light lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: classic Belgian, banana, fruit, clove, sugar. 10 out of 10.

Palate: wet, dusty, medium bittersweet finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: A very good Belgian style. More balanced than Victory’s Golden Monkey. I’d look for it again. It’s well crafted, and very good. 17 out of 20.



Starr Hill The Love

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 66, German Hefeweizen, Weizen.
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at: wood river grill and wine shop, Waynesboro, VA for $1.33

Aroma: banana, clove, pepper. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: cloudy, orange, thin white short head, nice lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: banana, cloves, okay craft. 7 out of 10.

Palate: washy, carbonated, medium sweet finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: Just like Hoegaarden, but far more expensive. I would not seek it out. just okay. 14 out of 20.