Filed under: American Strong Ale (trappist), Dogfish Head | Tags: beautiful, chocolatey, coating, coffee, deep brown, dust, floral, fruit. almonds, fully opaque, grapes, heady, long roasted bitter finish, mostly roasted malts, oily, smooth, some lingering hops, spicy, sticky intricate lace, thin wispy tan head, unbalanced, wine, wood
12%abv*12 fl oz = 144/60 = 2.4 beers * 150c = 360
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ for $3.99Aroma: heady, floral, grapes, wine, wood, dust.
Visuals: typical dfh package, deep brown, oily, fully opaque, thin wispy tan head, sticky intricate lace.
Taste: unbalanced, mostly roasted malts, some lingering hops, beautiful, chocolatey, coffee, fruit. almonds, spicy.
Palate: oily, smooth, coating, long roasted bitter finish.
Overall: A wonderful, beautiful, tasty brew. I’d have it again, and like many DFH, it’s hard to beat. Delicious.
Filed under: Saison [farmhouse ale] (tulip), Weyerbacher | Tags: barley, brilliant at first pour, corn, crisp finish, delicious, dust, flowery, hay, hazy after, light, little hops, loose lace, mold, nice, orange, pale, rice, silky, smooth, subtle, sunset at harvest, tea, unbalanced, wacky label, wheat, wispy head stays
Style and Glass: Saison, Tulip; flute
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.2 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.66
Aroma: nice, flowery, wheat, rice, hay, dust, mold, field, grass.
Visuals: wacky label, sunset at harvest, pale, orange, brilliant at first pour, hazy after, wispy head stays, loose lace.
Taste: unbalanced, corn, barley, rice, little hops, subtle, delicious.
Palate: silky, smooth, tea, light, crisp finish.
Overall: A very nice light saison. I’ve had it a few times now, and I enjoy it. I prefer stronger brews, but this is a nice, lighter session brew. Unbelievable value for the price.
Filed under: Eel River, Old Ale (snifter, tumbler) | Tags: alcohol in front, bright, delicious, dust, frothy, heady, heavy, iced tea, like a thinner 120 minute IPA, little hops, long lasting tan head, medium finish, mostly malt, musk, nice, nicely packaged, oak, quite hazy, rocky, rose colored glasses, smooth, thick sticky lace, unbalanced, warming, whiskey, wood
Style and Glass: Old Ale, Snifter; English Pint
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.7% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $6.99
Aroma: nice, heady, whiskey, oak, wood, musk, dust
Visuals: nicely packaged, rose colored glasses, iced tea, quite hazy, long lasting tan head, rocky, frothy, thick sticky lace.
Taste: whiskey, unbalanced, mostly malt, little hops, alcohol in front, warming, bright, heavy.
Palate: delicious, warming, smooth, like a thinner 120 minute IPA, medium finish.
Overall: Enjoyable. Good winter night brew.
Filed under: Belgian Strong Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), Green Flash | Tags: almost balanced, aromatic, copper, delicious, Fruity, golden, great strength, hazy, heavy hops, high craft, high quality, long bright finish, loose lace, medium malt, nice packaging, rippled texture, smooth, spicy, surprising, thin white head, unfiltered, very nice
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $8.99
Aroma: very nice, spicy, aromatic, smooth, fruity, delicious. 9 out of 10.
Visuals: nice packaging, copper, golden, hazy, unfiltered, thin white head, loose lace. 4 out of 5.
Taste: almost balanced, medium malt, heavy hops, surprising, great strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, rippled texture, long bright finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Done in the tradition of Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, where the hops and bananas all get in bed together. Definitely a repeat, though maybe not a favorite, okay value, high craft. 18 out of 20.
Filed under: Belgian Strong Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), Duvel | Tags: banana, cloves, complex finish, crisp, deep, delicious, dry, Fruity, great, hoppy, morning sunlight, smooth, sweet
Filed under: Belgian Strong Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), Stone | Tags: brilliant, clear, fruity overtones, golden, inviting, medium bitter finish, medium craft, mostly hops, short lived, smooth, some fruit, some hops, sticky, very little lace, wet, white head
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.6% in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 372 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $6.99
Aroma: inviting, fruity overtones, some hops. 8 out of 10.
Visuals: brilliant, clear, golden, white head, short lived, very little lace. 4 out of 5.
Taste: some fruit, mostly hops, smooth, medium craft. 8 out of 10.
Palate: wet, sticky, medium bitter finish. 4 out of 5.
Overall: Reminds me of a lighter version of Brooklyn’s Hopfen Weisse or Chouffe’s Belgian IPA mix. I’d have it again, but I wouldn’t wait until 2012 for it. A well crafted beer, but not a favorite. I like the style quite a bit. 17 out of 20.