BeerCritic


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.

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Southern Tier Heavy Weizen

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 87, German Hefeweizen, Weizen
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 360 C
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $5.99

Aroma: banana, apple, peach, flowers. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: clear, golden, brilliant, thin, white, head, quickly dissipating, weak lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: sweet, coriander, clove, fruit, some bitterness, well crafted. 9 out of 10.

Palate: slick, sticky, long sweet finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Classic hefeweizen. I would have it again. It’s a very nice example, and I like it a lot. Very well crafted. 18 out of 20.



Southampton Triple Abbey Style Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 86, Abbel Tripel, Trappist or tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: OakTree for $?

Aroma: faint, banana, fruit, apple. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: clear at first, golden color, brilliant, wispy white head, no lace. 3 out of 5.

Taste: banana, apple, peach, chemicals, soap, average craft. 7 out of 10.

Palate: round, juicy, quick finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: A lot like mass produced fruit juice. Not bad, but even hoegaarden is better. I would not seek it out again, it was not very well crafted, and was a fairly poor example of the style. 16 out of 20.



Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse

ABV: 8.5%
RateBeer rating: 97
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 25.4 fl oz.
Glass: weizen
Purchased at: Oak Tree Buy Rite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jay)
Price: $11.99
Consumed at: home

First Impression: The !@#$%^ thing is a gusher. Let me think about how much this cost as I clean it up off my keyboard.  Aroma is almost purely hops and alcohol, with a fruit undertone. Visuals are a thick wheaty cloud with little to no head. Taste is absolutely delicious – hoppy, banana, apple, peach, and a great deep finish. Palate is a long bitter finish and a crisp, dry palate. Second Impression – I just wish the damn thing didn’t spray all over. I can’t stand gushers, especially when they are expensive, and it seems like they are always expensive.

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



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.



Brasserie Des Rocs Brune

Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $8.99
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 9 %
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 100

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance:  Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain  Sweet Toast Nut 
Hops Flavor:
Floral Herbal Spice
Other: Cherries, kiwi, peach

Notes: A wonderful aroma – a strong scent of fruit and a delicious introduction.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Brown
Clarity: almost opaque
Head Retention: Poor
Notes: Highly carbonated upon opening, such that it was a slow open, but it was worth the wait, though the head is lacking.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Sweet Toast Nut Toffee
Hops Flavor: Floral Herbal Spice  Citrus
Other: Fruit
Notes: A classic Belgian brown.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Warming
Body:  Full
Carbonation:  Faint
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Notes: A very smooth brew, with a well hidden alcohol content, and quite fruity.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship:  Excellent
Freshness:  Fresh
Personal Taste: Liked
Notes: A very nice beer, despite the slow opening session.



St. Bernadus Abt 12

Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ and Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $4.25 or less
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 10%
Estimated Calories: 200 C

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: between Sweet and Sharp
Impression: very Nice

Malt Flavor: toasted Grains Bread Toast Nuts Caramel Toffee
Hops Flavor:
Floral Jungle Spice
Other:
Fruit and lots of it
Notes: This is beautifully aromatic – one of the finest aromas I’ve ever had the pleasure to enjoy in a beer.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: brown
Clarity: Cloudy
Head Retention: Very, very good.
Notes: My original tasting was a gusher, but my subsequent tasting gave no such issue. An absolute standard for the type. Dark fully opaque body, with a long lasting, consistent bright white head.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity: Middle
Balance: More sweet than bitter, but fairly well balanced.
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Toast Nut Tea
Hops Flavor: Earth Herbal Citrus
Other: Fruit and lots of it
Notes:  The flavor is nice, and the fruity backdrop is a well balanced and delicious setting.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Warming
Body: Medium
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Medium
Balance: more Sweet
Notes: This is quite enjoyable as a standard of the Belgian Abbey Trappist style.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: Very, very good.
Freshness: I think that this second tasting was fairly fresh.
Personal Taste: Liked, quite abit.
Notes: A lesson — always enjoy a beer well within its intended tasting period, or suffer the consequences of enjoying at a later date.