Filed under: Imperial/Double IPA (snifter, tulip), Victory | Tags: beautiful presence, brown sugar, dust, favorite, fern, inviting, lemon, light caramel, oil, orange, peach, rye, sour cream, star anise, tea, tea towel, toast ed peanuts, very hoppy, wheat, Wondrous, zest
Glass: snifter, tulip
Originally Purchased at: Laurenti’s ShopRite, Hamilton, NJ on July 3rd, 2008
Today: A gift from Bryan K and Angel B – Thanks!
Size: 12 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 250 C in 12 oz
RateBeer Rating: 93
Aural: quiet opening, good carbonation, simple pour
Aroma 9 out of 10
Impression: very nice
Malt Aroma: wheat, rye, brown sugar, toast ed peanuts, light caramel
Hops Aroma: dust, fern, star anise, lemon
Other Aroma: tea, peach
Notes: An absolutely amazing, if faint, aroma. Wondrous and inviting.
Appearance 5 out of 5
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: A beautiful presence, nicely retained white head, simple lacing, and a deep copper body.
Flavor 9 out of 10
Malt Flavor: wheat, rye, cane sugar, roasted peanuts, light caramel
Hops Flavor: dust, lemon, orange, zest,
Other: tea, oatmeal
Notes: Likely the best feature of this delicious brew – very hoppy, not well balanced, likely on purpose. Bitterness is key.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: sour cream, oil, tea towel
Notes: A delicious and richly textured finish.
General Impression: 18 out of 20
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: One of my favorite beers.
Filed under: Dunklerbock (Mug or snifter), Left hand | Tags: bready, brown ale, chai, cloudy, deep murky brown, flowery, grassy, interesting label, inviting, light, like an aged iced tea, meadow, medium, medium strength, onions, rain, roses, rye, smooth oily texture, some hops, sticky lace, tasty finish, tea, thick off white head, very nice, very well balanced, wheaty
Style and Glass: Dunkler Bock, Mug; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7.7% in 25.36 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.79 (down from $14 ea — I picked up 6 for $15 — madmen there, and they better stay nutso)
Aroma: very nice, inviting, flowery, rye, bready, wheaty, grassy, meadow, rain.
Visuals: interesting label, like an aged iced tea, deep murky brown, cloudy, thick off white head, sticky lace.
Taste: very well balanced, brown ale, sage, onions, rye, roses, tea, chai, some hops, medium strength.
Palate: very nice, smooth oily texture, medium, light, tasty finish.
Overall: A summery brew, refreshing, very enjoyable. A repeat, 6x at least. Maybe my favorite bock so far. Amazing value — makes me wonder why the run on the price. well crafted.
Filed under: Belgian Strong Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), St. Bernardus | Tags: amazing, amazingly balanced, banana, bitter hops, Cinnamon, dark body, dark pour, deep finish, deep flavors, fruit juice texture, high quality, high strength, inviting, Malty, nice lace, opaque, overlapping influences, peach, red brown body, sweet, thin head
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Style and Glass: Strong Dark Belgian Ale, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at400 C
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA for $18.00
Aroma: malty, sweet, inviting.
Visuals: typical St. Bernardus label — neither inviting or not, like visiting an old friend, dark pour, thin head, opaque, dark body, red brown body, nice lace.
Taste: amazingly balanced, deep flavors, overlapping influences, peach, banana, cinnamon, bitter hops, high strength.
Palate: high quality, fruit juice texture, amazing, deep finish.
Overall: delicious. An amazing treat. Beautiful, rich, and deep. A repeat when I can afford it. A high level favorite. medium value. high craft. Paired with a brownie and ice cream dessert — matched well in sweetness and contrast.
Filed under: Founders, Imperial Stout (snifter) | Tags: beautiful label, black, chocolate, chocolate malt, cocoa, coffee, creamy, everlasting tan head, high quality, inviting, long quiet finish, opaque, roasted, sticky lace, subtle hops, tempered strength, well balanced, well crafted
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.3% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 180 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $2.75
Aroma: inviting, cocoa, chocolate, roasted, coffee. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: beautiful label, black, opaque, everlasting tan head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: well balanced, chocolate malt, subtle hops, tempered strength, well crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, creamy, long quiet finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: a delicious dessert. I’ll have it again. A favorite. Medium value, high craft. 20 out of 20
Filed under: Belgian Strong Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), Stone | Tags: brilliant, clear, fruity overtones, golden, inviting, medium bitter finish, medium craft, mostly hops, short lived, smooth, some fruit, some hops, sticky, very little lace, wet, white head
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.6% in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 372 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $6.99
Aroma: inviting, fruity overtones, some hops. 8 out of 10.
Visuals: brilliant, clear, golden, white head, short lived, very little lace. 4 out of 5.
Taste: some fruit, mostly hops, smooth, medium craft. 8 out of 10.
Palate: wet, sticky, medium bitter finish. 4 out of 5.
Overall: Reminds me of a lighter version of Brooklyn’s Hopfen Weisse or Chouffe’s Belgian IPA mix. I’d have it again, but I wouldn’t wait until 2012 for it. A well crafted beer, but not a favorite. I like the style quite a bit. 17 out of 20.
Filed under: American Strong Ale (trappist), Stone | Tags: amazing, attractive, brilliant, clear, coating, deep finish, deep red, delicious, dust, grains, hay, hops, inviting, leathery, leaves, maple syrup, mild, nice lace, off white, present, quiet, roasted grains, sponge, well balanced, well crafted, wispy head
RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, American Strong, Trappist
22 fl oz x 7.2% ABV = 158.4 / 60 = 2.64 beers * 150 C = 396 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $4.50
Aroma: mild, inviting, quiet, present, grains. 7 out of 10.
Visuals: attractive, deep red, brilliant, clear, off white, wispy head, nice lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: hops, roasted grains, maple syrup, leaves, hay, dust, delicious, well balanced, well crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: leathery, coating, sponge, amazing, deep finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Reminds me of the Oaked Bastard, but I preferred this by a mile, and I liked that one a lot. I’d have it again, and I plan to. One of my go to beers from here on out, since I can get it almost anywhere. Well crafted – a very nice treat. 18 out of 20.