Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse

ABV: 8.5%
RateBeer rating: 97
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 25.4 fl oz.
Glass: weizen
Purchased at: Oak Tree Buy Rite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jay)
Price: $11.99
Consumed at: home

First Impression: The !@#$%^ thing is a gusher. Let me think about how much this cost as I clean it up off my keyboard.  Aroma is almost purely hops and alcohol, with a fruit undertone. Visuals are a thick wheaty cloud with little to no head. Taste is absolutely delicious – hoppy, banana, apple, peach, and a great deep finish. Palate is a long bitter finish and a crisp, dry palate. Second Impression – I just wish the damn thing didn’t spray all over. I can’t stand gushers, especially when they are expensive, and it seems like they are always expensive.

Aroma: 9 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 10 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 18 out of 20

Anchor Old Foghorn BWSA

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $6.00
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 9 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 190 C
RateBeer Rating: 97

Aural: quiet opening, little carbonation, simple pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sharp

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: grapes
Hops Aroma
: roses
Other Aroma
: alcohol

Notes: An inviting and forewarning aroma. Enticing and siren like.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: brown

Clarity: hazy

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: medium

Notes: ruby body and wispy white head – quite beautiful.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: very nice

Malt Flavor: grain sweet toffee licorice
Hops Flavor: dust cinnamon lemon sugar
Other: alcohol

Notes: A wonderful flavor, full of wine live depth and flavors. Very sweet, but not cloying.

Palate 5 out of 5


Sensation: slick warming

Body: full

Carbonation: average


Length:  long

Intensity: strong

Balance: sweet

Notes: A surprisingly deep mix of hoppy bitterness and sugary sweetness. Well done.

General Impression: 18 out of 20

Craftmanship:  excellent

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste:  loved

Notes: A great beer, but hard to find and a bit expensive at $6 a bottle. I hope it comes to Jersey soon.

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

De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2005

Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ
Price: $6.99
Size:11.2 fl oz
ABV: 13%
Estimated Calories: 210 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sharp
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grapes Cherries

Hops Flavor:Resin
Notes: Very much like a red wine. Not a fan.

Appearance 3 out of 5
Color: Black
Clarity: Cloudy
Head Retention: Poor
Notes: Nothing special to look at.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Impression: Off
Malt Flavor: grapes
Hops Flavor: HerbalResin
Other: cherries
Notes: For one of the best beers in New Jersey, I’m sorely disappointed. Again, this thing sprayed all over, tastes not so great, and costs $7 for a 11.2 fl oz container.

Palate 3 out of 5
Sensation: Drying Warming
Body: Full
Carbonation: Faint
Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: Not a bad finish, but getting there is hard to do. Alcohol not hidden well at all.

General Impression: 10 out of 20
Craftmanship: Interesting, but not to my taste.
Freshness: Stale
Personal Taste: Disliked
Notes: I wished so much that this had been better. It took 20 minutes to open due to the overcarbonation and potential yeast problem, then 5 minutes for cleanup, then drinking it was a bit of a chore, like drinking wine. Lots of better ways to spend $7.