Filed under: Belgian Strong Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), St. Bernardus | Tags: bitter, blunt, cherry, dark, deep brown, delicious, fainter, flowers, Fruity, inviting, long dark finish, maple, mellow, metallic, moat, mold, nearly opaque, off white head, orange, plum, slightly bitter, sour, staying, sweet, syrup, thin, tight lace, well balanced, whole tongue active, woody
Style and Glass: Belgian Strong, trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $17.00 as a part of a gift pack complete with glass.
Aroma: sour, fainter, flowers, metallic, mold
Visuals: inviting, dark, moat, deep brown, nearly opaque, thin, staying, off white head, tight lace.
Taste: well balanced, maple, syrup, sour, woody, fruity, plum, cherry, orange, slightly bitter.
Palate: whole tongue active, sweet, bitter, delicious, mellow, blunt, long dark finish.
Overall: Delicious and remarkable. Deep, dark, and multi-layered. I’d love to have it again, though generally, I prefer sweeter Belgian variants.
Filed under: Belgian Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), Orval | Tags: bad craft., banana, disappointment, floral, hazy, hops, little lace, little malt, low quality, metallic, minimal design, no head, no hops, orange, smooth texture, thick, unbalanced, watery finish, weak strength
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.
Filed under: Green Flash, Imperial/Double IPA (snifter, tulip) | Tags: bitter, dark, deep, funk, gold, hoppy, hops, intricate, long, mechanical, metallic, persistent head, rich, sharp, smoke, smoky, sour, unbalanced, unique, white
First Impression: deep, smoky aroma and a simple gold body with a white head. Aroma is smoke, hops, and some funk. Visuals are a gold body with a persistent white head with very intricate lacing. Taste is a roller coaster – a bit metallic, somewhat mechanical, deeply hoppy, and lacking balance, which I don’t mind. Palate is sharply bitter with a smoky sourness. Long dark, deep finish. Rich. Second Impression – a very special IIPA, in that it imparts a sausagey flavor to the hoppy bitterness, and avoids the cloying answer to the bitterness and preserves the bitter crunch nicely. A great buy for such a very uniquely treated co-style.
Aroma: 9 out of 10
Visuals: 4 out of 5
Taste: 10 out of 10
Palate: 5 out of 5
Overall: 18 out of 20
Filed under: Ommegang, Saison [farmhouse ale] (tulip) | Tags: carbonated, cloudy, metallic, so so, yellow
Impression: A nice creamy yellow color, ends hazy in the pour due to style, bottle conditioning and large particles. A nice white head with good lace. Seems just a bit chemical or metallic in flavor. Usual fruity notes are missing from this Belgian style. Awash in oceanic carbonation. Reminds of champagne, but without the hit of alcohol. Flavor isn’t very forthcoming, but spiciness is there. Not a bad beer by any means, but it is mostly about texture, which is uncommon. I didn’t enjoy this very much.
Visuals: 3 out of 5
Taste: 6 out of 10
Palate: 4 out of 5
Overall: 14 out of 20