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Twitter Taste Live: Summer Wits
Twitter Taste Live Summer Wits

Twitter Taste Live Summer Wits

I had four Wits tonight at the suggestion of http://tastelive.comand enjoyed 3 out of 4 of them.

Hoegaarden Witbier

Hoegaarden is meadow sunlight, running through tall grass, light, simple, summer. Enjoyable, crisp, not sweet. Pale yellow body. #ttl.

Blue Moon Belgian White

Blue Moon is a dip in the creek, refreshing, but you can’t see your feet. More malty than the Hoegaarden, but still not sweet. Citrus! #ttl.

Blue Moon is cloudy orange body, off white head, little aroma, rounded mouthfeel. Light, easy, breezy, lemony. #ttl.

Harpoon’s UFO Hefeweizen

@bkjones that’s cool. I very seldom have an opportunity to openly pan, but Harpoon is really crap in craft clothing.

Harpoon UFO = corn, rice, fillers, thin flavor, a macro lager. No clove, no banana, no Belgium 2 speak of. Apologies, don’t mean 2 pan. #ttl

@beertweeter A shame about the API, but I enjoyed 3/4 of the brews. I really can’t get behind the Harpoon. #ttl To each their own, though.

Ommegang’s Witte

Ommegang’s Witte is lemony, cloudy yellow under a bright white head. Orange peel, coriander, clove, banana, and sourness make it great. #ttl

Actually decided to flip the Witte and the UFO, because I really love Ommegang, and want to save best for last. Harpoon is poured. #ttl
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0lfabrikken Porter

Glass: Stem glass
Purchased at: Canal’s discount Liquor Mart, Burlington, NJ
Price: $8.07
Size: 22.3fl oz
ABV: 7.5 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating:100

Aural: quiet opening, quiet carbonation, uneventful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: amazingly strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: delicious

Malt Aroma: chocolate roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
earth tar resin
Other Aroma:
prunes
Notes: Amazingly deep and burning aroma – one of the best ever.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: black
Clarity: fully opaque

Head Retention: persistent
Lace: little
Notes: An amazing deeply present appearance.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter

Impression: incredible
Malt Flavor: caramel toffee chocolate roast coffee
Hops Flavor:
earth resin citrus
Other: cocoa,
chocolate liquor, hops, bitterness.
Notes: This is easily one of my favorite beer flavors of all time.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: sharp drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: the coffee, raisin, and other dark notes are very present in the wonderful finish.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: The dark notes are most enticing. Absolutely one of my favorite beers.



Rogue Imperial Stout

Glass: 4 oz wine glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $4.99 on discount
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 11.6%
IBU: 87.5
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: quiet, almost silent opening, little poppy carbonation, quiet, beautiful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: wonderful

Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet chocolate syrup
Hops Flavor:
earth herbal
Other:
smoke
Notes: A wonderful chocolate primer – deep smoky overtones.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color:  black
Clarity: completely opaque
Head Retention: poor
Notes: Much more about the body than the head.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance:  bitter
Impression: very nice
Malt Flavor: grain bread  toast nut dark chocolate roast espresso
Hops Flavor:
earth resin citrus
Other:
wood, char, grill, smoke
Notes: A beautifully hoppy taste, with very little in the way of sweetness – surprising, but very enjoyable. Reminds me of 85% cacao, or very little sugar mix chocolate.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: medium
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity: strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: A little bit chemical in finish, very bitter, and very roasted. delicious.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: more stale, hence the markdown
Personal Taste: liked quite a bit
Notes: A surprisingly dense and bitter stout, definitely imperial, but not sweet in the least. Quite enjoyable, and worth the fiver.



De Dolle Extra Export Stout

Glass: snifter, tulip
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Price: $4.27
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 9%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aural: opening is a long chore. carbonation is overstimulated, pour takes five minutes.

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sharp
Impression: a bit off

Malt Flavor: alcohol toffee chocolate roast
Hops Flavor:
earth resin
Other:
a bit chemical
Notes: alcohol dominates the aroma

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color:  black
Clarity: opaque
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: Deep black body under a great tan head.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance:  sweet and bitter

Impression: nice
Malt Flavor: burnt caramel toffee chocolate roast coffee
Hops Flavor:
earth resin
Other:
licorice, espresso, dark, roasted, rich
Notes: A taste that more than makes up for other failings.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy slick drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: faint
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: A very nice finish, and a unique flavor in the taste.

General Impression: 16 out of 20
Craftmanship: medium
Freshness: seems a bit stale
Personal Taste: liked
Notes: Again, having trouble with a De Dolle bottle opening, which is highly disappointing, considering the cost. Luckily, I’ve mastered the art of opening overcarbonated/yeast issue  beers.



Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Glass: 4 oz wine glass
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ – Thanks, Mike!
Price: $7.59
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 9.5 %
IBU: 75
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 100

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet and Sharp
Impression: very Nice

Malt Flavor: Caramel Toffee Chocolate Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Earth Floral Resin
Other:
alcohol, oak, woods, leaves
Notes: What an amazing aroma – off the charts in my personal experience.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: un-impenetrably Black
Clarity: Opaque
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: Everything an imperial stout should be in appearance – absolutely un-impenetrable darkness, a rich tan head, and a very nice presence.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: beautifully balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Impression: so Nice
Malt Flavor:
Caramel Toffee Chocolate Coffee
Hops Flavor: Earth Resin
Other: alcohol, garlic, oak, depth
Notes: Simply amazing. Easily one of my favorites.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Drying Warming
Body: Full
Carbonation: Lively
Finish

Length: very Long
Intensity: very Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: The whole mouth is activated – the mouthfeel is wonderful, covering and coating and making the whole mouth tingle. The finish is very long lasting, and imparts a depth of chocolate, coffee, and caramel.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: Perhaps my favorite beer I’ve tasted yet. Great Divide knows exactly what they are doing, and they should continue doing it forever.



St. Bernadus Abt 12

Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ and Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $4.25 or less
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 10%
Estimated Calories: 200 C

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: between Sweet and Sharp
Impression: very Nice

Malt Flavor: toasted Grains Bread Toast Nuts Caramel Toffee
Hops Flavor:
Floral Jungle Spice
Other:
Fruit and lots of it
Notes: This is beautifully aromatic – one of the finest aromas I’ve ever had the pleasure to enjoy in a beer.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: brown
Clarity: Cloudy
Head Retention: Very, very good.
Notes: My original tasting was a gusher, but my subsequent tasting gave no such issue. An absolute standard for the type. Dark fully opaque body, with a long lasting, consistent bright white head.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity: Middle
Balance: More sweet than bitter, but fairly well balanced.
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Toast Nut Tea
Hops Flavor: Earth Herbal Citrus
Other: Fruit and lots of it
Notes:  The flavor is nice, and the fruity backdrop is a well balanced and delicious setting.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Warming
Body: Medium
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Medium
Balance: more Sweet
Notes: This is quite enjoyable as a standard of the Belgian Abbey Trappist style.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: Very, very good.
Freshness: I think that this second tasting was fairly fresh.
Personal Taste: Liked, quite abit.
Notes: A lesson — always enjoy a beer well within its intended tasting period, or suffer the consequences of enjoying at a later date.