BeerCritic


Left Hand Rye Bock Lager

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.



J. W. Dundee’s American Amber Lager

JW Dundee’s American Amber Lager
ABV: 5.5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 150
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: part of sampler
Price per fl oz: $10 / 144 fl oz = $0.069 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 27th, 2008

sensory first impression: Nice head. Beautiful amber color. Rocky head is refreshing. Good color and temperature.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: nuts, malty depth.
Hop flavor is: floral, deep citrusy, herbaceous.
Yeast flavor is: doughy, liquid, wet.
Other flavors include: alcohol, bubblegum, soy sauce, vanilla.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: pale, golden, amber, orange, red, fiery.
Liquid is: clear.
Head and lace are: bumpy, tan, nice lace.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: medium,
Sour level is: light
Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: creamy, oceanic,
Carbonation is: lively,
Finish is: long and nice.

Overall experience: A very nice, respectable, beer. Delicious.



Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Strong Ale

Glass: Large Tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $8.99
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 9.5%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: opening is explosive, but contained over a few minutes of caution. carbonation is very active and audible, pour after calming is beautiful and quiet.

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: medium
Balance: sweet
Impression: inviting

Malt Aroma: grain bread sweet toast nut
Hops Aroma:
earth floral herbal
Other Aroma:
fruit cherry, peach,
Notes: inviting, nice, fruity, mild

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: dark
Clarity: quite cloudy
Head Retention: poor
Notes: head dissipates almost instantly to absolutely nothing. The body is quite beautiful though – murky, cloudy, and reminds you of what it might be like to swim in the dirty seas of countries that have no concern for pollution. Scary, in a way.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: between sweet and bitter. Interesting.
Impression: nice
Malt Flavor: rice, Italian bread, whole wheat toast, walnut
Hops Flavor:
soil, dying flowers, tea
Other:
cherry, celery, peas
Notes: A very interesting, dark taste. Full bodied, deeply flavorful, and not easily drank. Alcohol is expertly hidden.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: sticky, warming
Body: full
Carbonation: highly carbonated, like seltzer
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: medium
Balance: more bitter
Notes: A bit of ash, yeast, and tea in the finish. Again, quite interesting mix of fruit, texture, and color.

General Impression: 17 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: liked quite a bit
Notes: A once in a while treat – not one of my favorites, but glad to have tried it as a specialty.