BeerCritic


Weyerbacher Muse Saison Farmhouse Ale

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.

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Gouden Carolus Ambrio

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 86, Belgian Strong, Trappist, tulip, tumbler
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8% in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $3.50 ($13.99 Belgian sampler)

Aroma: fruity, cherry, sour. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: floaters, brilliant, angry, red, long lasting white head, subtle lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: cherry, sour, watery, warm, dark, roasted, bitter, medium craft. 7 out of 10.

Palate: washy, dry, spongey, long, subtle, bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Seems like a kriek, but much less intense than something from Cantillion.  I would not go out of my way to have it again. Craft seems strangely lacking. 16 out of 20.



O’Hanlon Thomas Hardy’s Ale (2007)

It’s my birthday today, and I decided, what better way to celebrate both my birthday and my 200th beer on RateBeer but by enjoying an aged BWSA that was given to me as a gift from Sean Piotrowski? Thanks, Sean.

Glass: Snifter

Purchased at: A gift from Sean.

Price: $ n/a

Size: 8.5 fl oz

ABV: 11.7 %

IBU: n/a

Estimated Calories: 175 C

RateBeer Rating: 98

Aural: very quiet opening, subtle carbonation, beautiful amber pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity:  overwhelmingly strong

Balance:  very sharp

Impression: quite nice

Malt Aroma: barley, syrup, coffee

Hops Aroma: anise, licorice, acid

Other Aroma: alcohol

Notes: A wonderfully enticing smell, though seemingly strong.

Appearance 4 out of 5

Color: brown

Clarity:  nearly opaque

Head Retention: poor

Lace: poor

Notes: A deep dark color, stands up impressively against the led test, but of course as with many ales of this strength, there is no head.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: off the charts

Balance: sweet start with a bitter finish

Impression: strong, but very nice

Malt Flavor: grain nut caramel toffee licorice
Hops Flavor: floral tar resin grapefruit rind
Other: alcohol

Notes: The flavor is surprisingly balanced. I expected this to be a repeat of Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA, which defined new limits for me. This is much less intense than that, and very enjoyable.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy slick drying and warming

Body: full

Carbonation: faint

Finish

Length:  long

Intensity:  strong

Balance: mostly bitter

Notes: A very dry, enjoyable finish. It really does need deserve to be sipped.

General Impression: 19 out of 20

Craftmanship: excellent

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: loved

Notes: I can’t wait to thank Sean for such an amazing treat. He made my birthday with this gift, even though for him, it was a drainpour giveaway. 😉



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.



Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

ABV: 6.7%
RateBeer rating: 100
Calories: estimated at 150C
Volume: 11.2 fl oz
Glass: stem glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $3.00
Consumed at: home

First Impression: A nice ruby drinkable beer. Aroma smells just like a nice lager, but taste is much different. Lots of grain and herbs in the aroma. Visuals are all about the ruby — deep dark ruby body with explosively carbonated head to start, but dies down very quickly. Tastes much like a brown ale, but has nice raisin, licorice, and nut signatures. Palate is dark, and activates the entire mouth. Subtle and layered. Second Impression: This reminds very much of what a great grain inspired beer might achieve. I’m not that familiar with the style, and so I can’t speak unto its accuracy, but it is a very nicely done beer. Personally, I prefer a stronger style than this, like an imperial stout, double IPA, or a barleywine style ale, but as it is, it’s very good.

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