BeerCritic


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.



Paulaner Hefeweizen

Somewhat watery, sandy. highly carbonated. short lived finish. Cloudy, with a nice head. pretty, golden. creamy. medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Banana, citrus, and spices. medium craft. Well done, if a bit weak.



Starr Hill Amber Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 55. Brown Ale, Dimpled Mug
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Wood River Grill and Wine Shop for $1.33

Aroma: not much, off. 2 out of 10.

Visuals: murky brown, thin off white head, okay lace. 2 out of 5.

Taste: carbonation, watery, very little craft. 1 out of 10.

Palate: water, quick finish. 1 out of 5.

Overall: A lot like seltzer. I would not seek it out, it was in a word, bad. Poorly crafted. 8 out of 20.



Troeg’s Troegenator Doublebock

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 85, Double Bock, mug, stein, stem
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.2 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 180 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ  for $2.25

Aroma: musky, sweet, malty. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: clear, red, off white, persistent head, some light lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: maple syrup, crystal malt, light bitterness, medium craft. 6 out of 10.

Palate: washy, watery, quick finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: disappointing for a double style. A generalized brown ale with a deeper finish. I would not seek it out again. It seems macro. 14 out of 20.



Red Hook ESB
05/23/2008, 3:58 AM
Filed under: Premium Bitter [ESB] (English pint), Red Hook | Tags: , , ,
Red Hook Extra Special Bitter Ale
ABV: 5.8 %

first impression: mindful of candles, not especially bitter. a bit watery, in fact. Not a bite to be had.

Color: Amber
Aroma: faint, but delicious
Hoppiness: Not hoppy in the least.
Maltiness: Not very malty.
Weight: a bit heavy.
Mouthfeel: just slightly oily.

second impression: Not an especially impressive beer. Very little head or bubbles. No belgian lace to speak of. nice color, but otherwise, forgettable.



Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen
05/13/2008, 3:25 AM
Filed under: Harpoon, wheat ale (shaker, weizen) | Tags: , , , , , ,

Glass: weizen
Purchased at: Gift from Sean P.
Price: Thanks, Sean!
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 5%
IBU:
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 25

Aroma 2 out of 10
Intensity: very Faint
Balance: sweeter
Impression: neutral

Malt Flavor: Grain wheat
Hops Flavor:
Citrus
Other:
Corn
Notes: Really nothing coming out in terms of aroma. Very still.

Appearance 1 out of 5
Color: Straw
Clarity: Dull
Head Retention: Good
Notes: head persistence and lacing seem chemically induced.

Flavor 3 out of 10
Intensity: Faint
Balance: neutral to sweet
Impression: neutral
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread
Hops Flavor: Herbal Spice Citrus
Other: Corn Chemical
Notes: Really very light, weak, and a bit watery.

Palate 2 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Drying
Body: very Light
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length: Short
Intensity: Faint
Balance: just a tiny bit of sweetness
Notes: It might as well be flat seltzer.

General Impression: 3 out of 20
Craftmanship: Boring
Freshness: seems a bit Stale
Personal Taste: Disliked very much.
Notes: There’s no ‘there’ there. It’s the first unfiltered beer that had no haze. It’s the first wheat beer that had no wheaty body. Poorly crafted, badly balanced, and just downright watery. Very much like a light beer, but I’m still consuming the extra 50 calories.



Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale
05/13/2008, 1:18 AM
Filed under: brown ale [bruin] (mug), Samuel Smith | Tags: , , , , , ,

ABV: 5%
RateBeer rating: 84
Calories: estimated at 220 C
Volume: 18.7
Glass: Dimpled Mug
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor
Price: $3.25
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Not a fantastic beer – rather light, not watery, but simple. Aroma is leather, earth, and serious hay — like a day at the farm. Visuals are a nice clear ruby brown with a sustained off white head. Taste is maybe the weakest feature, and a shame at that. Thin, muted, and a bit shallow. No discernible complexities of flavor, like ones you might expect in a brown ale, as from roasted or chocolate malts. Palate is crisp, dry, with a soda mouthfeel. Taste does not linger for long after, and doesn’t do much during a taste. Second Impression – it’s very sad that the same brewer that makes the Oatmeal stout does such a poor job of this. Thin, weak, sad.

Aroma: 4 out of 10

Visuals: 3 out of 5

Taste: 4 out of 10

Palate: 2 out of 5

Overall: 12 out of 20



O’Hara’s Irish Stout
05/10/2008, 5:39 AM
Filed under: Carlow, Dry Stout (English pint) | Tags: , , , ,

ABV: 4.3%
RateBeer rating: 72
Calories: estimated at 140 C
Volume: 12 fl oz

Glass: 6 oz wine
Purchased at: trade with Sean P. (thanks!)
Price: Oskar Blues Old Chub Scottish Style Ale
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Good color, nice head, aroma is soft and fleeting, taste is on the watery side. I prefer bolder stouts. Visuals are likely the best aspect – quite dark – good ruby depth and tan head. Taste is similar to water. Palate is fairly numb. Second Impression: Great visuals in head, body and lacing, but just pleasant in taste.

Aroma: 4 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 4 out of 10

Palate: 1 out of 5

Overall: 13 out of 20



Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Pale Ale
05/06/2008, 2:32 AM
Filed under: Premium Bitter [ESB] (English pint), Samuel Smith | Tags: , , , ,

ABV: 5%
Calories: estimated at 250C
Volume: 18.7 fl oz
Glass: footed pilsener
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor, West Trenton NJ
Price: $2.50
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Aroma is herbal, a bit dusty. Visuals include a deep red and nice head with some lacing.  Taste is only okay – the flavor is a bit muted, somewhat watery, kind of bland. Palate is good, spongey, with a dry crisp middle-length finish. Second Impression: I didn’t enjoy this a whole lot. It’s kind of weak, and while it’s easily drinkable, and not bad, it’s not great either. For the price, I expected more.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 14 out of 20. It just isn’t that great of a beer, and when you have something like their great Oatmeal Stout to compare it with, why would you pay the same amount for this?



Ommegang Rare Vos
05/03/2008, 4:51 AM
Filed under: Ommegang | Tags: , , , , , ,

Ommegang Rare VosABV: 6.5 %
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: weizen
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $2.50
Consumed at: home

Impression: Thick white head goes down to nothing quickly on top of a cloudy orange body. Amber tinged. Banana and fruit aroma is fairly common in this Belgian style. Slightly watery body is disappointing. Good aftertaste, but immediate impression is watery. Spicy finish. Flavors include peppers, coriander, banana, flowery hops, sandy yeast, and generally spicy presence.

Rare Vos focus on bodyAroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 14 out of 20. I liked the flavor, visuals, and aroma, but it was all just a bit lacking in impact.

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