North Coast 25th Anniversary Ale (La Merle)

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 89, Saison, tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7.3 % in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s in Burlington, NJ (thanks for the ladder walk, Mike) for $7.12

Aroma: champagne, apple, soapy, licorice. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: slightly cloudy, golden, bright white, persistent head, thick, foamy lace, best lace ever. 5 out of 5.

Taste: apple, cherry, grape, chemical finish, a bit wet, medium craft. 7 out of 10.

Palate: foamy, surf, bubbly, highly carbonated, medium finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Visually appealing. Rather chemical finish, and a bit soapy. I would not seek it out again, though it was not bad. It seemed a bit more commercial than craft. 16 out of 20.

North Coast Red Seal Ale

ABV:5.5 %
RateBeer rating: 84
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Lager Glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Consumed at:home

First Impression: Beautiful. Delicious Aroma. Very hoppy. IPA like scent. Aroma is very deep and rounded. Visuals include a deep copper body under a white foamy head. Taste is hoppy, malty, slightly watery. Palate is somewhat dull, Front top of mouth, interesting in this way. Long delicious finish. Second Impression. Nicely crafted, delicious, enjoyable. Good looking, with nice aroma, delicious taste.

Aroma: 9 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 9 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20

Brooklyn Local 1
ABV: 9%
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 25.4 fl oz
Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Glendale Liquors, Hamilton
Price: 7.99
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Belgian overtones, with lager aromas. Head is nice, thick, but dissipates quickly. Head and lacing look enhanced – foamy, bright white. Body is deep amber with orange highlights. Nice immediate flavor. Orange, piney, with a spicy bite. Slightly hazy with an alcohol burn, but to be expected at 9%.

Aroma: 9 out of 10
banana, apple, kiwi, piney, long full mouth effects. sandy, crisp and dry. Could easily be mistaken for a deep champagne.

Visuals: 4 out of 5
Color is amber, and bright. Liquid is slightly hazy, but bottle conditioning is quite evident. Head and lace are white, thin, and disappointing.

Taste: 9 out of 10
fruity, dark, hoppy, and hot. Bitter with Sour overtones.

Palate: 5 out of 5
Body is very full, Mouthfeel is heavy and well rounded. Active everywhere on the palate – one of the most impressive beers I’ve had in this regard. Texture is sharp, dry and crisp. Carbonation is heavy. Finish is long, malty, dark, roasted, and deep.

Overall experience: 18 out of 20. I liked the flavor, darkness, roasted notes, celebratory style. A fantastic housewarming gift.