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Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel
Pourn: Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Pourn: Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Volume: 25.4 fl oz * ABV: 9% = 220.5 / 60 = 3.67 beers * 150C = 550.5 C est.
RateBeer rating: 98

Style; Glass: Abbey Tripel; Trappist
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $8.99

Aroma:  fruity, musky, humid, wet. Nice mix. Faint aroma, but delicious.

Visuals: pale golden hazy, immense white long lasting head. Carbonation is a bit overactive, but calms down after some time.

Taste: delicious, rich, hoppy, layered, nicely balanced, slight burn of alcohol. Banana, cloves, pineapple, very hoppy.

Palate: back of tongue, top back, roof. finish is long, dark, deep, and fruity. This marriage of california style hops and Belgian style fruit is an instant classic for me.

Overall Impressions: Banana, cherry, lemon, orange, hops, bitterness. One of my all time favorites.

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Rogue Old Crustacean BWSA 2006

Style and Glass: BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 11.5% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $4.49

Aroma: amazing, tannins, oak, grapes, wine, alcohol, cherries, sourness. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: well designed, black, thick, opaque, long lasting off white head, persistent lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: way off balance, hefty malt, some hops, layered, very strong, medium craft. 8 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, smoother texture, rough finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: A mixed bag. Interesting, but very chemical, and lots of unmasked alcohol. Seems fruity, but also off. Nice to try, but not a repeat, not nearly a favorite, medium value, medium craft. 16 out of 20.



Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.7 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $6.99

Aroma: liquor, alcohol, licorice, burnt, grains, coffee. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: opaque, black, thick, brown wispy head, silky persistent lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: layered, coffee, espresso, malty, hoppy, bitter, dry, masterly crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: sandy, dry, sponge, long dark burnt finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Like an espresso milkshake with dark chocolate shavings. I will go and seek this out again – amazing. It is masterly crafted and an immediate favorite. 20 out of 20.



Samuel Smith Imperial Stout

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 170 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $2.75

Aroma: tannins, dark, roasted, chocolate, coffee, nice, inviting. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: deep, murky, black, opaque, tan, persistent head, loose lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: deep, roasted, liquor, light bitterness, heavy malt flavors, layered, rich, well crafted. 9 out of 10.

Palate: soda, heavy, oily, long, deep, delicious finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Not quite up there with some other imperials, such as Stone, and not nearly as rich nor deep as something like Mikkeller’s Geek Breakfast, but highly available, and very delicious. I’d have it again in a heartbeat. It’s a great beer, and very well crafted. 18 out of 20.



Struise Mikkeller

Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ
Price: $7.49
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 9%
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Sweet Roast Nut licorice banana
Hops Flavor:
dirt grass Herbal Spice Tar Lemon
Other:
cherry, candy
Notes: What an amazingly tasty, varied, layered flavor.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: Copper
Clarity: Sandblasted
Head Retention: Good with great lacing.
Notes: A stunning looking beer. The malevolence of the deep sandblasted body is notable.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Sweet Roast Nut Toffee
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal Spice Resin Citrus
Other: Cherries, licorice, bubblegum
Notes: The flavor is the best part of this absolutely fantastic beer.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Warming
Body:  Full
Carbonation: Lively
Finish

Length:  Long
Intensity:  Strong
Balance:  Bitter
Notes: The palate and finish are yet another complimentary aspect of this brew.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: Probably one of my favorite beers.



Rochefort Trappistes 6
05/13/2008, 4:02 AM
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Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors
Price: $4.99 discounted due to age (consume by August 19 2008 )
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 7.5%
Estimated Calories: 170 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: more strong
Balance: more sweet
Impression: very nice

Malt Flavor: dark bread, brown sugar, toasted walnuts, caramel, grapes
Hops Flavor:
Earth Floral coriander
Other:
cherry corn
Notes: sour

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Brown
Clarity: chunky and cloudy
Head Retention: quite persistent
Notes: Visually, this beer suffers from age. The chunks of formed sediment are likely from the beer being past its drinking date.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: stronger
Balance: well balanced
Impression: Very nice. Fruity.
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Nut Caramel
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal Citrus
Other: cherry melon corn
Notes: A very well balanced flavor with layers of fruit and malts.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Warming
Body: medium
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length:Medium
Intensity: middle
Balance: middle
Notes: long lasting finish but very muted.

General Impression: 16 out of 20
Craftmanship: very very well done
Freshness: Stale notes likely make this great beer suffer.
Personal Taste: Liked very much, despite its age.
Notes: I’m looking forward to trying a fresher version of this.



Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

ABV: 6.7%
RateBeer rating: 100
Calories: estimated at 150C
Volume: 11.2 fl oz
Glass: stem glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $3.00
Consumed at: home

First Impression: A nice ruby drinkable beer. Aroma smells just like a nice lager, but taste is much different. Lots of grain and herbs in the aroma. Visuals are all about the ruby — deep dark ruby body with explosively carbonated head to start, but dies down very quickly. Tastes much like a brown ale, but has nice raisin, licorice, and nut signatures. Palate is dark, and activates the entire mouth. Subtle and layered. Second Impression: This reminds very much of what a great grain inspired beer might achieve. I’m not that familiar with the style, and so I can’t speak unto its accuracy, but it is a very nicely done beer. Personally, I prefer a stronger style than this, like an imperial stout, double IPA, or a barleywine style ale, but as it is, it’s very good.

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