BeerCritic


St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

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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.



Avery Salvation Belgian Strong Ale

Style and Glass: Belgian Strong Ale; Trappist, Tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $6.99

Aroma: wonderful, banana, peach, fruit. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: fine label design, brilliant, golden, clear, thin white head, nice lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: mostly malt, little hops, medium strength, lower craft, washy. 6 out of 10.

Palate: medium quality, washy texture, soft medium finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: not nearly as good as Golden Monkey — more like a high ABV Hoegaarden, not a repeat, not a favorite, lower value, lower craft. 13 out of 20.



Bell’s Pale Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 71, American pale ale, Lager glass, shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.2% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150C
Purchased at: Bound’s Beverages, Bensalem, PA for $3.33

Aroma: wheaty, misty, rain. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: nicely designed packaging, bright, yellow, thick, hazy, fluffy white head, nice lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: corn, hay, nice, subtly bitter, not watery, respectable, well crafted. 8 out of 10.

Palate: well done, sandy, quiet hoppy finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: mellow but enjoyable. I will have it again, but I’ll pick up something different from this great brewery first. well done, but a bit expensive. 16 out of 20.



Weyerbacher 12

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 44, Barleywine, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.2 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $11.00

Aroma: weak, light, uninviting, lagerish, hay, grass. 4 out of 10.

Visuals: label design poor, presentation is okay, orange body, brilliant, long staying white head, nice lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: sweet, artificial, chemical, nice hops, notable strength, medium craft, little balance. 8 out of 10.

Palate: lower quality, rough texture, chemical, acetic finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: Not especially good, considering the price. I won’t have it again. Not a favorite. Not of high value.  Okay craft. 13 out of 20.



McChouffe Belgian Brown

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 93, Scotch Ale, Thistle
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.5 % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $4.29

Aroma: typical brown ale scent. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: deep, brown, red, cloudy, light head, nice lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: special, fruity, nice, sparkling fruit juice, some bitterness, dry. 10 out of 10.

Palate: dry, terrycloth, fruity, bitter finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Very much like seltzer and fruit juice. Refreshing. I like it, but it’s way too expensive. Not a favorite, but well crafted. 16 out of 20.



Starr Hill The Love

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 66, German Hefeweizen, Weizen.
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at: wood river grill and wine shop, Waynesboro, VA for $1.33

Aroma: banana, clove, pepper. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: cloudy, orange, thin white short head, nice lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: banana, cloves, okay craft. 7 out of 10.

Palate: washy, carbonated, medium sweet finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: Just like Hoegaarden, but far more expensive. I would not seek it out. just okay. 14 out of 20.



Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale

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.