BeerCritic


St. Bernardus Tripel

Style and Glass: Abbey Tripel; Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville for $17.00 as a part of a 4 part gift pack complete with glass.

Aroma: faint, flowery, fruity, and wheaty.

Visuals: simple, beautiful packaging, golden, hazy, thin white staying head, crisp lace.

Taste: less balanced, heavy sweet malts, less hops, focus on sweet, fruity, apples, nutty, salty, peach.

Palate: rich fruity wash, terrycloth, spongey, longer muted finish.

Overall: A very nice dry tripel. I’d love to have it again. Quite enjoyable — would pair fantastically with fruit, chocolate, chicken.

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Left Hand Rye Bock Lager

Style and Glass: Dunkler Bock, Mug; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7.7% in 25.36 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.79 (down from $14 ea — I picked up 6 for $15 — madmen there, and they better stay nutso)

Aroma: very nice, inviting, flowery, rye, bready, wheaty, grassy, meadow, rain.

Visuals: interesting label, like an aged iced tea, deep murky brown, cloudy, thick off white head, sticky lace.

Taste: very well balanced, brown ale, sage, onions, rye, roses, tea, chai, some hops, medium strength.

Palate: very nice, smooth oily texture, medium, light, tasty finish.

Overall: A summery brew, refreshing, very enjoyable. A repeat, 6x at least. Maybe my favorite bock so far. Amazing value — makes me wonder why the run on the price. well crafted.



Bell’s Pale Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 71, American pale ale, Lager glass, shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.2% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150C
Purchased at: Bound’s Beverages, Bensalem, PA for $3.33

Aroma: wheaty, misty, rain. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: nicely designed packaging, bright, yellow, thick, hazy, fluffy white head, nice lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: corn, hay, nice, subtly bitter, not watery, respectable, well crafted. 8 out of 10.

Palate: well done, sandy, quiet hoppy finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: mellow but enjoyable. I will have it again, but I’ll pick up something different from this great brewery first. well done, but a bit expensive. 16 out of 20.



Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 78, Oktoberfest-Marzen, Lager glass.
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.8 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at:Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.33 as part of an oktoberfest sampler pre fix six

Aroma: dull, flowery. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: copper, brilliant, white head, fully dissipates, thin light lace. 3 out of 5.

Taste: wheaty, no hops, weak, badly crafted. 4 out of 10.

Palate: low quality, scratchy, quick finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: Not very good. I will not have it again.  Shameful. 12 out of 20.



Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse

ABV: 8.5%
RateBeer rating: 97
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 25.4 fl oz.
Glass: weizen
Purchased at: Oak Tree Buy Rite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jay)
Price: $11.99
Consumed at: home

First Impression: The !@#$%^ thing is a gusher. Let me think about how much this cost as I clean it up off my keyboard.  Aroma is almost purely hops and alcohol, with a fruit undertone. Visuals are a thick wheaty cloud with little to no head. Taste is absolutely delicious – hoppy, banana, apple, peach, and a great deep finish. Palate is a long bitter finish and a crisp, dry palate. Second Impression – I just wish the damn thing didn’t spray all over. I can’t stand gushers, especially when they are expensive, and it seems like they are always expensive.

Aroma: 9 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 10 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 18 out of 20



Ommegang Witte

Ommegang WitteABV: 5.1%
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: Good fruity aroma. Good hazy color and depth. Head is lacking but haziness is there. Banana overtones, but watery finish. Visually in keeping with the style, but nothing particularly special here. Taste is good, but watery finish distracts from the overall effect. Palate is thin, watery, and diminishing.

Aroma: 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 of what was there, but there was not enough ‘there’ there. Washed out watery undertone disrupts the effects of this beer. Not bad, but not great like other Ommegangs.