BeerCritic


Great Divide Hibernation Ale
Great Divide Hibernation Ale

Great Divide Hibernation Ale

Style and Glass: American Strong, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.1 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.83

Aroma: caramel, syrup and roasted malts. Some pepper, spice, and citrus.

Visuals: Beautiful packaging, recently redesigned cohesive brand from Great Divide.  It does the beer within the bottles justice. The ruby mahogany body is deep and contemplative. hard to see through, but clear rather than hazy. Thin tan head is long lasting, lace is intricate and shows this brew’s freshness.

Taste: Well balanced flavor starts with roasted malt, follows with a rush of crispness from carbonation, and finishes long with a dark roasty deliciousness. Sugar overtones, followed quickly by a light sourness. Easily drinkable. Alcohol is quiet and well hidden.

Palate:  Smooth, crisp, drying, and long fantastic finish add up to a wonderful session brew, despite the high ABV, so beware!

Overall: A beautiful, enticing, delicious beer, affordable, from a great brewer, and entices the senses. I’ll have it again, for sure.



Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout

Style and Glass: Stout, english pint
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.3% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington for $4.99?

Aroma: nice, soft, coffee, chemical, spice. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: okay package, brown, translucent, little tan head, sticky lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: medium balance, medium malt, medium hops, low strength, some craft. 6 out of 10.

Palate: medium quality, smooth texture, short finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: More like coffee than stout, would not repeat, not a favorite, low value, low craft for lagunitas. 15 out of 20.



Struise Struiselensis Belgian Ale

Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Price: $6.64
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 6%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 95

Aural: gentle opening, light carbonation, quiet pour

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: middle
Balance: sweet
Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast
Hops Flavor:
floral herbal spice
Other:
fruit
Notes: A nice aroma – definitely in the Belgian style.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: amber copper
Clarity: hazy
Head Retention: poor
Notes: An interesting looking body, but no head whatsoever.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sour
Impression: surprising
Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast
Hops Flavor:
dirt floral citrus
Other:
sour cherry, peach, kiwi, lime
Notes: An interesting flavor – this should be served colder than this.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: slick
Body: light
Carbonation: faint
Finish

Length: medium
Intensity: medium
Balance: sour
Notes: Definitely the sort of beer Mike from Canal’s would enjoy, though I’m not as much of a fan of sour beers. It’s interesting, but not really my thing. Noticed that it has a salivating effect on me in the finish. Weird.

General Impression: 15 out of 20
Craftmanship: interesting
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: liked.
Notes: This was an experience I was glad to try, but I really prefer extreme beers to this kind of subtlety, beautiful though it is.



Rogue Dead Guy Ale / White Crane Bitter Ale

As white crane – bitter, deep, and luxurious. As Dead guy ale. Dead simple. Nice lace, head and body as White crane, but very nice as White crane.

Glass: Concave Pilsener
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $2.50
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 6.6 %
Estimated Calories: 160C
RateBeer Rating: 82

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: Middle
Balance: more Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet
Hops Flavor:
Spice Resin
Other:

Notes: Very nice from an aroma standpoint.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Amber
Clarity: Brilliant
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: A beautiful beer. Brilliant, clear, and golden.

Flavor 7 out of 10
Intensity: Faint
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Toast Nut
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral
Other: Mild
Notes: Not an overwhelming flavor – not watery at all, but not hoppy nor very malty either. Deep in solidity.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy
Body: Full
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity:Middle
Balance: middle
Notes: A very well balanced beer. Dull in impact, but not in craft. Well done.

General Impression: 15 out of 20
Craftmanship: middle to Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Liked
Notes: Rogue know what they are doing, but I have more likely favorites from them then Dead Guy. They do the craft very well.



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.