BeerCritic


St. Bernardus Prior 8

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.



Bell’s Amber Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 81, Amber Ale, English Pint; shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.8% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Bound Beverages, Bensalem, PA for $3.33

Aroma: musky, dank, humid, sticky candy. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: tasteful, well designed, natural, bronze, hazy, unfiltered, off white head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: maple, cocoa, light bitterness, medium strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, clay, mud, longer malty finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Perhaps the best amber ale I’ve ever had. I would have it again.  Reasonable value.  Very well crafted.  18 out of 20.



Southern Tier Back Burner BWSA

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 95, BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $4.99 (sale)

Aroma: amazing, delicious, tea, herbs, alluring. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: beautiful, blood red moon, quickly thinning, off white head, interesting lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: blunt, delicious, silky, mild, surprising, very well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: dull, numbing, medium to long bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Taste is smooth and alcohol is amazingly disguised. Very interesting aroma — more than inviting. I would have it again, and it is a favorite. It was very well crafted. 20 out of 20.



Founders Red’s Rye

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, specialty grain, pilsener or shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.8% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 170 C
Purchased at: circle liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $2.50

Aroma: siren like, sugary, pine, cascade hops, grapefruit. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: clear, deep brilliant, red, off white head, persistent, beautiful, strong lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: rye bread, pumpernickel, caraway seed, strong, bitter, hops, powerful, expertly crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: crisp, exciting, dry, sandy, long bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Simply amazing – the mix of rye and hops is one of my favorites. I’d have it again in a split second. An instant favorite. Beautifully crafted. One of the most impressive lacings I’ve ever enjoyed. 20 out of 20.