BeerCritic


La Chouffe Belgian Strong Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 96, Belgian Strong, Trappist, tulip, tumbler
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $6.99

Aroma: sweet, banana, cloves, fruit. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: hazy, golden, thin white head, light lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: classic Belgian, banana, fruit, clove, sugar. 10 out of 10.

Palate: wet, dusty, medium bittersweet finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: A very good Belgian style. More balanced than Victory’s Golden Monkey. I’d look for it again. It’s well crafted, and very good. 17 out of 20.



Stone Vertical Epic 08.08.08

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 95, Strong Belgian, Trappist, Tulip, Tumbler
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.



Captain Lawrence Smoke from the Oak, batch 2 (Wine Barrel)

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, Porter, English Pint, Stem Glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.4% in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 340C
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite in South Plainsfield, NJ for $14.99 (special thanks to Jay for this back store grab.)

Aroma: wine, oak, age, extraordinary, overwhelming, pungent. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: fully opaque, black, thin wispy tan head, strong lacing. 5 out of 5.

Taste: grapes, oak, electric, sauerkraut, wet, burnt, pine, cherry, beautifully crafted. 9 out of 10.

Palate: surf, mercury, long, strong, bitter, sour. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Reminds me of the smell of a house burning. I wouldn’t seek it out again – smoked is not my favorite style, though I’m glad I had a chance to sample it. It’s extremely well crafted, and in my palate, it’s extremely close to wine. 17 out of 20.



Chimay Bleue

Glass: tulip, trappist, tumbler
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $4.29
Size: 11.2fl oz
ABV: 9%
IBU: who @!#$%^&*() knows
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: opening was boisterous, exciting, and wet. carbonation was overstimulated, but controllable, pour was about average, but with caution.

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: medium
Balance: sweet
Impression: reasonable

Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast nut
Hops Flavor:
herbal spice
Other:
fruit
Notes:A very nice scent with a delicious aroma

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color:  dark
Clarity:very hazy
Head Retention: poor
Notes: I wonder if the humidity is affecting the head of these beers. 🙂

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: above average
Balance:  medium
Impression: okay
Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast nut
Hops Flavor:
earth floral herbal
Other:
fruit
Notes: A very nice fruit style, but does not feel strong, which is kind of a plus. Or maybe a plooooose.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy slick drying warming
Body:  medium
Carbonation: medium
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: medium
Balance: more bitter
Notes: a very tasty beer, with a nice balance and a nice finish.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: delicious, very hoppy with a long bitter finish, and a very nice color.



Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
ABV: 10.6%
IBU:
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Princeton Community Liquor
Consumed on: Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

sensory first impression: Beautiful to behold – rich deep wet sandy head. Head thins out quickly, but aroma is overwhelming. Utterly black – light does not penetrate. First taste is almost syrupy, but also rich in dark roasted malt flavor. You must sip this. Attention is on the back upper roof of the mouth. Back of the tongue. Very bitter and nicely so. Sweetness balances after a moment. A very tasty ride.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt is roasted, chocolate, cream and caramel. It reminds me of a chocolate lava cake with rich chocolate truffles. It’s wonderful.
Hops are slightly grassy, and very present – they fight for attention through the chocolate, syrup, and sweetness.
Yeast/Bacteria hints of pillows, pine, plastic, and sweaters. All clean.
Alcohol, wood, licorice, and butterscotch come and go. The alcohol is primary and sweeping in the flavor.

Visuals/Appearance:
black and vibrating. Scary.
Liquid is active and bubbly, especially for a stout.
Head/Lace is minimal, and a beautiful wet sandy brown.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness/Sweetness is rather heavy, but welcome.
Hoppiness/Bitterness is medium to heavy. Very nice.
Sour not at all.
Chocolate and hops. Lovely.

Palate/Tactile:
Body/Mouthfeel is full and heavy.
Texture is not thin, which would be a detractor for me, and is what I expect of stouts in general. Surprisingly creamy, and thick.
Carbonation is above average for a stout.
Finish is long and luxurious.

Overall second impression: Wow – I love this brewery. Brooklyn is so very available, and yet so affordable and special. This stout is another of my favorites, without the presumptuousness of Rogue. Though, I absolutely love Rogue.