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.



Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
ABV: 5.6%
IBU: ?
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: Goblet
Purchased at: Ewing Discount Liquor
Consumed on: Wednesday February 20th, 2008

first impression: No head really at all, a fine pale amber color, very clear. Finest lace and wisps of bubbles. Quiet in terms of carbonation. A nice bite in hops, and a bit malty. Not bad, by any means, but mass produced, perhaps not for the masses.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt is oceanic – a bit salty, a bit sandy.
Hops are present.
Yeast/Bacteria hang on the glass, and are the most present component in my tasting.
Other flavors include wind across a field of grass, corn, or hay.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color a thin, pale orange.
Liquid is golden and brilliant.
Head/Lace is very present.

Taste/Flavor:
Sweet overtones.
Bitterness is very light.
Sour not at all.
Salty and might pair well with fast food.
Hoppiness is present, but minimal.
Maltiness is thin and syrupy.

Palate/Tactile:
Body/Mouthfeel is quite light.
Texture is cutting. Quite dry.
Carbonation is fairly light.
Finish is quite short, except for the salty seltzer finish. Refreshing in this regard.

Overall – not a bad beer by any means, but not a very deeply crafted beer. It may separate itself (as a mass produced, mass consumed beer) from Budweiser in a far superlative way, but it does not approach the beers produced by Stone, Victory, or Dogfish Head. It is quite desirable where only macros exist.



Triumph Goze

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: not enough ratings (I’m #7) traditional ale, mug, pint, stein, yard
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.1 % in 16 fl oz. estimated at 175 C
Purchased at: on tap at Triumph in Princeton for $5 with good friend Sean Piotrowski after his last day at Rider.

Aroma: fruity, banana, alluring. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: cloudy, dense, yellow, white persistent head, nice lacing. 5 out of 5.

Taste: sweet, banana, citrus, orange. 9 out of 10.

Palate: salty, granular, strong finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: It was essentially a hefeweizen, but a very nice, slightly stylized rendition. Second only to their IPA, IMO. A very well crafted ale. 18 out of 20.



North Coast Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale

ABV: 9.4 %
RateBeer rating: 90
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 22 fl oz.
Glass: trappist, tulip, tumbler
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $6.99
Consumed at: home over a dry rub chicken with onion gravy, brown rice and mixed legumes dinner.

Ocean salt and reeds
deep ruby with sandy peak
long bitter finish
grapes, barley, and chocolate,
bold flowers make fine tribute

aroma 8 out of 10
visuals 5 out of 5
taste 8 out of 10
palate 4 out of 5
overall 17 out of 20



Smuttynose Big A IDIPA

ABV: 9.2%
RateBeer rating: 97
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume:22 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Canal Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks Mike!)
Price: $7.00
Consumed at: home

First Impression: An amazing example of the style. Aroma is flowery, hoppy, and citrus. Visuals are a deep copper under a thin yellow white head. Visibly carbonated. Taste is a deep hoppy citrus & pine. Very nice example. I enjoyed it with a very spicy homemade chicken curry and some naan. Palate has a long beautiful finish. Tongue registers sweet, bitter, and salty. Second Impression. Amazing. An absolutely satisfying imperial double IPA.

Aroma: 10 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 10 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 20 out of 20



Nogne 0 #100 Barleywine Style Ale (Imperial IPA)

Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike)
Price: $7.59
Size: 16.9 fl oz
ABV: 10%
IBU: 80
Estimated Calories:270 C
RateBeer Rating: 100

Aural: quick, painless opening, active, static carbonation, pour is smooth and quiet.

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity:  strong
Balance: sweet and sharp
Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: grain sweet toast nut caramel
Hops Flavor:
pine earth floral herbal resin citrus
Other:
pine, grapefruit, wheat
Notes: Aroma is delicious and enticing.

Appearance out of 5
Color:  brown
Clarity: quite dark, nearly opaque.
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: A beautiful angry red brown body topped by a great deep tan head.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance:  sweet and quite bitter
Impression: amazing
Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast nut caramel toffee roast
Hops Flavor:
earth herbal resin citrus
Other:
pine, grapefruit,
Notes: The flavor is absolutely amazing.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: medium
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: whole mouth is affected – sweet, salty, a bit sour, very bitter, and amazingly, in this case, umami.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: boring ↔ excellent
Freshness: stale ↔ fresh
Personal Taste: disliked ↔ loved
Notes: The scent was of an active factory making furniture, sawdust and sweat, and smoke. The visuals were of a deep midnight under a new moon. The taste was of oak and walnut planks being sawn and tasted in the smoky air of an overheated blade. The palate is of a visitor who won’t leave, whether you wish her there or not, but luckily, you enjoy her company.  It was quiet in opening and pouring like an evening springtime rain.