BeerCritic


Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
Dogfish Head Santo Palo Marron

Dogfish Head Santo Palo Marron

Style and Glass: American Strong Ale; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 12% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 360 C

12%abv*12 fl oz = 144/60 = 2.4 beers * 150c = 360
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ for $3.99Aroma: heady, floral, grapes, wine, wood, dust.

Visuals: typical dfh package, deep brown, oily, fully opaque, thin wispy tan head, sticky intricate lace.

Taste: unbalanced, mostly roasted malts, some lingering hops, beautiful, chocolatey, coffee, fruit. almonds, spicy.

Palate: oily, smooth, coating, long roasted bitter finish.

Overall: A wonderful, beautiful, tasty brew. I’d have it again, and like many DFH, it’s hard to beat. Delicious.

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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.



Rock Art Vermonster

Style and Glass: BWSA, snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $4.09

Aroma: wonderful, floral, exquisite, burning.

Visuals: better design, reddish brown, hazy, long lasting thinner white head, sticky lace.

Taste: well balanced, less malt, more hops, medium high strength.

Palate: low quality, spongy, terricloth texture, longer finish.

Overall: Immensely better than its ‘younger brother’ Ridge Runner, but that’s not saying very much. Not a repeat, since I could have a great beer in the same volume at an only slightly higher price in Ruination, not a favorite, not very valuable, low craft. It’s a shame really, Rock Art has some very nice and affordable imperial IPAs.



Maredsous 10

Style and Glass: Abbey Tripel; Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Trenton Road Take Out, Bristol, PA for $6.99

Aroma: nice, spices, fruit, floral, alcohol. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: medium design, golden, clear to hazy, bright white head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: well balanced, high malt, medium high hops, high strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, scratchy texture, long spicy finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: A hoppy Belgian style. One of the most beautiful laces I’ve seen. Well done, a repeat, not necessarily a favorite, medium value, medium high craft. 17 out of 20.



Orval Trappist

Style and Glass: Trappist; trappist, tulip, tumbler, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories:6.2  % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ

Aroma: floral, metallic, banana, hops. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: minimal design, orange, thick, hazy, no head, little lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: unbalanced, metallic, little malt, no hops, weak strength, bad craft. 6 out of 10.

Palate: low quality, smooth texture, watery finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: I’m very disappointed. Something’s wrong here — what am I missing about why everyone loves this? Not a repeat, not nearly a favorite, little value, low craft. 12 out of 20.



Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 86, American Strong Ale, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.0 % in 26 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $11.49

Aroma: alcohol, powerful, floral, sweet. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: packaging is beautiful, as usual, yellow, ruby, gold, brown, brilliant, amazingly persistent head, no lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: rye, malty, nice hops, well hidden alcohol, beautifully crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: great quality, denim, terrycloth, long deep finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: reminds me of a meadow. I love it, and would seek it out. It’s very well done. 20 out of 20.



Founders Centennial IPA

deep, great, dull copper body, persistent head, crisp, nice, drying, fuller, lively body, beautiful IPA, intense, sharper, nice, toast, grain, floral, herbal, resin, citrus, long finish, medium intensity, bitter, great deep, dark, hoppy, intense, bitter, nice, grapefruit, excellent craft, fresh, loved



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.



Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden
ABV: 7%
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: plasticup
Purchased at: Rider Pub
Price per fl oz: $2 / 12 fl oz = $.16 per fl oz
Consumed at: Rider Pub

sensory first impression: Nice, banana infused flavor – more ale than lager, but crisp, tasty, and enjoyable.

Aroma/Olfactory: 8 out of 10
Malt flavor is: caramel, cereal, nuts, roasted
Hop flavor is: floral, citrus
Yeast flavor is: doughy, mold
Other flavors include: alcohol, banana, ginger

Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: bright, golden, orange
Liquid is: clear
Head and lace are: frothy, off-white

Taste/Flavor: 8 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: none

Palate/Tactile: 4 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: creamy, crisp, thick
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: longer, nice

Overall experience: 17 out of 20. I liked the idea of a very commonly available beer being so very belgian. I did not like, generally, the commonality of it, but I enjoy it when it’s the best thing available.



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.