BeerCritic


St. Bernardus Tripel

Style and Glass: Abbey Tripel; Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville for $17.00 as a part of a 4 part gift pack complete with glass.

Aroma: faint, flowery, fruity, and wheaty.

Visuals: simple, beautiful packaging, golden, hazy, thin white staying head, crisp lace.

Taste: less balanced, heavy sweet malts, less hops, focus on sweet, fruity, apples, nutty, salty, peach.

Palate: rich fruity wash, terrycloth, spongey, longer muted finish.

Overall: A very nice dry tripel. I’d love to have it again. Quite enjoyable — would pair fantastically with fruit, chocolate, chicken.



Budweiser American Ale

Style and Glass: Amber Ale; shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.3% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $1.08

Aroma: quiet, faint, caramel. 5 out of 10.

Visuals: well designed label, beautiful, copper, brilliant, little head, some lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: weak, some malt, little hops, low strength, low craft. 3 out of 10.

Palate: lower quality, smooth texture, quick finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: About what you’d expect, but not nearly as bad as American Lager. Will likely repeat, as it is quite affordable and not bad at all, not a favorite, high value, low craft. 13 out of 20.



Jim Dundee’s Pale Bock

Jim Dundee’s Pale Bock
ABV: 5.5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 150
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s as part of a sampler.
Price per fl oz: $10 / 144 fl oz = $0.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 18th, 2008

sensory first impression: Nice head. Fluffy to start. Beautiful solid golden hue. Very clear. Nice aroma, though faint. Taste is very nice – surprisingly deep and slightly cloying. Very nice.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: white light bread, oat cereal, nutty, but not roasty
Hop flavor is: floral, and herbaceous
Yeast flavor is: doughy, earthy, dusty and dry
Other flavors include: apple, raisin, light vanilla

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: bright, golden, amber
Liquid is: clear and calm
Head and lace are: minimal, white

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: very light
Sour level is: very very light

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: sticky, and tissue papery
Carbonation is: soft
Finish is: medium, pleasant but not challenging.

Overall experience: A very nice beer. A good substitute for a greta beer. A very enjoyable aftertaste and cloy. A wonderful aroma and vision. Not bad, and very enjoyable.



Southampton Triple Abbey Style Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 86, Abbel Tripel, Trappist or tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: OakTree for $?

Aroma: faint, banana, fruit, apple. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: clear at first, golden color, brilliant, wispy white head, no lace. 3 out of 5.

Taste: banana, apple, peach, chemicals, soap, average craft. 7 out of 10.

Palate: round, juicy, quick finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: A lot like mass produced fruit juice. Not bad, but even hoegaarden is better. I would not seek it out again, it was not very well crafted, and was a fairly poor example of the style. 16 out of 20.



Mikkeller Jackie Brown

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 94, Brown Ale, Dimpled Mug
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6% in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite, South Plainsfield, NJ for $14.99

Aroma: faint, spicy, hoppy, caramel, root beer, nice. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: brilliant, red-brown color, thick foamy off-white, persistent head, impressive lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: roasted, coffee, ginger, garlic, celery, intense hops, interesting, well crafted.10 out of 10.

Palate: mouthfeel is crisp, drying, texture is peppery, finish is long, bitter, and enjoyable. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Reminded me of a dark and delicious root beer. I’d have it again as a gift, but the price was very steep. Browns in general are not a favorite style for me. This one was very well done, as are all Mikkelleri. 18 out of 20.



Victory Baltic Thunder

ABV: 8.5%
RateBeer rating: 89
Calories: estimated at 375 C
Volume: 22 fl oz.
Glass: stem glass, tulip, English pint
Purchased at: Laurenti’s Shop RIte, Hamilton, NJ
Price: $4.99
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Seems like many other brown ales and porters. Looking forward to the hit of the 8.5%. Respectable head, good deep ruby color. Aroma is faint and quiet, plums perhaps. Visuals are a deep ruby with a relatively persistent head. Taste is in a word, plain. Not watery – good hops, nice dark finish, but kind of flat in terms of layered flavor. Palate is crisp, carbonated, roasted, with a medium finish. Second Impression: Not bad at all, but victory has a lot better choices on offer. I’d take it over many other brands, because it has a nice depth, color, and hoppy finish, but only because of Victory’s lineup. Having just had Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Breakfast for the first time the other night didn’t help this brew’s standing with me, either.  See Hop Wallop or V12 for what Victory does great things with.

Aroma: 6 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 15 out of 20



Rogue Anniversary (yellow snow/integrity IPA)
07/01/2008, 7:18 PM
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Rogue | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 6.2%
RateBeer rating: 93
Calories: estimated at 170 C
Volume: 16 fl oz.
Glass: shaker, draft
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $5.00
Consumed at: lunch with chicken soup and a Broccoli cheddar quiche. Not a great pairing, but very good food.

First Impression: Aroma is faint but inviting. Visuals are hazy and golden with just a little head. Taste is good – hoppy and bitter. Palate is a medium finish with a nice bitterness. Second Impression great taste, presence, and depth.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20