BeerCritic


St. Bernardus Tripel

Style and Glass: Abbey Tripel; Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville for $17.00 as a part of a 4 part gift pack complete with glass.

Aroma: faint, flowery, fruity, and wheaty.

Visuals: simple, beautiful packaging, golden, hazy, thin white staying head, crisp lace.

Taste: less balanced, heavy sweet malts, less hops, focus on sweet, fruity, apples, nutty, salty, peach.

Palate: rich fruity wash, terrycloth, spongey, longer muted finish.

Overall: A very nice dry tripel. I’d love to have it again. Quite enjoyable — would pair fantastically with fruit, chocolate, chicken.

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J.W. Dundee’s Porter

J.W. Dundee’s Porter
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 170
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s as a part of a sampler
Price per fl oz: $11 / 144 fl oz = $.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 18th, 2008

sensory first impression: My first ever porter, I’m sure, and not likely the best exemplar. It’s thick enough to be dark, but still translucent. Very chocolaty, quite nutty, and not at all unenjoyable, but not nearly to the degree of Rogue or Brooklyn’s stouts. Okay lace – tan head, but not frothy or deep. Good aroma. Okay color – a bit alcoholic.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: chocolate, coffee, nuts, and roast.
Hop flavor is: resinous, and herbaceous
Yeast flavor is: doughy, moldy, and very dry
Other flavors include: alcohol, corn, raisin, a touch of smoke

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: dark reddish brown, thick but not inpenetrable
Liquid is: dark and translucent at 90%
Head and lace are: thin, tan

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium to heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: very light

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium to full
Texture is: creamy, thick, papery
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: long and not bad at all.

Overall experience: A fairly dark beer with a nice nutty chocolaty taste. For the price, it’s fantastic, but for the type, it’s lacking. Spending $ on a 12 pack sampler, vs a 6 pack of chocolate stouts at 10% is like to result in different outcomes. This is likely the best of the sampler though.



Jim Dundee’s Pale Bock

Jim Dundee’s Pale Bock
ABV: 5.5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 150
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s as part of a sampler.
Price per fl oz: $10 / 144 fl oz = $0.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 18th, 2008

sensory first impression: Nice head. Fluffy to start. Beautiful solid golden hue. Very clear. Nice aroma, though faint. Taste is very nice – surprisingly deep and slightly cloying. Very nice.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: white light bread, oat cereal, nutty, but not roasty
Hop flavor is: floral, and herbaceous
Yeast flavor is: doughy, earthy, dusty and dry
Other flavors include: apple, raisin, light vanilla

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: bright, golden, amber
Liquid is: clear and calm
Head and lace are: minimal, white

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: very light
Sour level is: very very light

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: sticky, and tissue papery
Carbonation is: soft
Finish is: medium, pleasant but not challenging.

Overall experience: A very nice beer. A good substitute for a greta beer. A very enjoyable aftertaste and cloy. A wonderful aroma and vision. Not bad, and very enjoyable.



G. Schneider & Sohn Aventinus

BEER: G. Schneider & Sohn Aventinus Wheat Doppelbock Ale

ABV: 8.2% 16.9 fl oz bottle
BREWER: G. Schneider & Sohn
GLASS: Weizen
PURCHASED AT: Shop Rite Liquors, Hamilton, NJ
PRICE: $ 2.95
Price per fl oz $2.95 / 16.9 fl oz = $.17 per fl oz.

Date: Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Aroma : 10

Malty – heavy, dark bread, burned cookie, straw, burnt, nutty, molasses, dark chocolate, mild coffee.
Hoppy – light, perfume, herbs, resinous, orange and lime citrus,
Yeasty – heavy, dough, leather, soap, mold, broth.
Miscellaneous – banana, prune, apple, cherry, red wine, tar, butterscotch, maple syrup, clove, alcohol, sulfur.

Appearance : 4

Head – initially large, rocky, firm. Turns to thin film. white with virtually no Lacing. Longevity is Fully diminishing
Body – Clarity is minimal, with normal carbonation. A murky, muddy, milky brown. Medium body, with average density. Bottle conditioned. Hue is brown with deep orange highlights.

Flavor : 9

Initial flavor is moderately sweet, somewhat acidic, lightly bitter and slightly acetic.
Finish – long finishing flavor is lightly sweet heavily acidic, moderately bitter, and quite sour.

Palate : 4

Body is Medium to full
Texture is very Dry and somewhat creamy.
Carbonation is Soft
Finish – Feel
o Astringent – light
o Alcoholic – moderate

Overall Score (1-20): 16
Comments: A very nice ale, overall, and an amazing array of flavors. Much different from all of the American beers I’ve been enjoying. The subtlety of flavor compounds, texture, and aroma are exquisite. A fine ale, but not necessarily the first thing I’d go for, though for someone who appreciates complex and fruity flavors, it’s an amazingly complex and inviting drink.



Flying Fish Grand Cru Winter Reserve

Flying Fish Grand Cru Winter Reserve Bottle conditioned Belgian Style.
ABV: 5.5%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Glendale on special
Price per fl oz: $5.99 / 72 fl oz = $0.08 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Clear, golden with impressive aroma of banana and apple. Well rounded flavor – a bit metallic, and astringent. Delicious, but not to the level of Golden Monkey, Aventinus, or River Horse Tripel. Bypasses Hoegaarten.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: syrupy, nutty, toasted, and rich.
Hop flavor is: citrus, pear, orange, very nice.
Yeast flavor is: doughy, cheese, mold, wet, slip, clay.
Other flavors include: banana, apple, string beans, raisin, smoke, vanilla.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: pale, golden, orange, bright
Liquid is: clear, clean
Head and lace are: bumpy, white

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: medium

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: thin, creamy, slick, salty
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: long, thick, clayey.

Overall experience: An enjoyable beer, but not at the top of its class, though not a bad bargain on special. I liked the Belgian style, fruity overtones, cherry and banana infusion, and depth. I did not like the average color. A very nice ale.



Dogfish Head Raison D’etre

ABV: 8%
Calories: estimated at 180C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: wine goblet
Purchased at: Circle Liquors
Price per fl oz: $2.25 / 12 fl oz = $0.18 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Beautiful deep red ruby – rich lacquer depth and translucency – red depth. off white head and amazing nutty aroma. Deep alcoholic taste – very nice flavor signature. Foamy and sticky lace and head.

Aroma/Olfactory: 9 out of 10
Malt flavor is: caramel, syrupy, chocolate, coffee, nuts, roasted
Hop flavor is: resin, floral, herbs
Yeast flavor is: doughy, cheese, leather, earth
Other flavors include: alcohol, banana, apple, butterscotch, corn, string bean, raisin, sulfur, soy sauce, vanilla, oak

Visuals/Appearance: 5 out of 5
Color is: pale, red, black, brick, fiery, ruby, amazingly rich and deep.
Liquid is: clear, immaculate, deep red.
Head and lace are: off-white, sticky

Taste/Flavor: 10 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: heavy
Sour level is: medium

Palate/Tactile: 5 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: full
Texture is: creamy, sticky, thick, papery
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: astringent, bitter, long, deep rich

Overall experience: 19 out of 20. I liked the color, the flavor, the feel, the taste, the depth, the richness, and the hops. I enjoyed this brew.



Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager

ABV: 5.5%
RateBeer rating: 43
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Lager Glass
Purchased at: Varsity Liquors, Princeton, NJ
Price: $1.33 as part of mixed pack sampler.
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Not your typical american lager. Delicious surprising hops depth, dark bitter finish, and very nice color.

Aroma is slightly flowery, hops and malt. Woody.

Visuals include a beautifully varied yellow, pale, amber body. Depth is variable, and visually stunning. Very clear and brilliant.

Taste is surprising; roasted toasted, nutty, smoky, wheat, corn, and malt. Clearly distinguishable from the average lager.

Palate is roof of mouth, crisp, dry, actively carbonated, with a long, dark, very nice bitter finish.

Second Impression. This is quite enjoyable, and I was taken by surprise, because I expected a much less enjoyable beer, not because of the brewery, but because of the style. Great work, as per the usual, Flying Dog.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 16 out of 20