BeerCritic


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.

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Sierra Nevada Stout
05/25/2008, 3:26 AM
Filed under: Sierra Nevada, Stout (English pint) | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Glass: Lager Glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $2.00
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV:5.8 %
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 89

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: stronger
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Toast Nut Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Earth Herbal
Other:

Notes: A nice scent, and foretelling of a great taste.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: Black
Clarity: Cloudy
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: A very good looking beer – sierra nevada tends to pay close attention to this aspect in particular.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity: middle
Balance: Bitter

Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Toast Nut Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Earth Herbal
Other:
yeast
Notes: The flavor is very nice, deep, and layered. There is a slight watery undertone, but not underwhelming.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Warming
Body: Medium
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length:  Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: The finish is one of the best parts of this beer – the roasted toasty nutty flavor is retained long after the last sip. You’ll want another sip.

General Impression: 17 out of 20
Craftmanship:  Excellent
Freshness:  Fresh
Personal Taste:  Liked
Notes: Again, Sierra Nevada is doing a nice balance of widespread distribution and availability with a certain craft quality and deeper flavors. Nice work, Sierra Nevada.



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.