Sunday, August 15, 2010

Oktoberfest Beer

Brewer: Brooklyn

Style: Oktoberfest

Tasting notes: (1008) Made for drinking. Thinking about 6 glasses. (1008) A definite 5. (1008) Buttered toast. May rate 4 glasses but left the rating @ 5 because it is my favorite example of the style and something I want to buy each year. (0809) Toasty with hops to balance. Flavorful and easy drinking. I should get another 6-pack next year. Torn between a 4 and a 5 rating.

Rating: 5 glasses


Brewer: Fantôme

Style: Saison

Tasting notes: (1008) Quaffable and complex. A little apple up front w/ interesting sour/dry aftertaste. Though about 5 glasses. (0808) Dry apple cider w/ a musty bite @ end. Different, interesting and complex.

Top 100: 29 December 2005, 10 March 2007, and 14 August 2010.

Rating: 4 glasses

Harvest Ale

Brewer: J. W. Lees

Style: English Barleywine

Tasting notes: (1008) A 12-yr old bottle brewed in 1998. Sticky sweet burnt caramel, molasses, leather, apple butter, and prunes. Big, bold, complex, and smotth. Upgraded from 6 glasses. I though about the taste for days. (0808) A 1998 vintage. Massive taste and viscous consistency. Cream brulee, bananas foster, sugared prunes, raisins, a tiche of leather and slight alcohol burn. Upgraded from 4 glasses. (0612) A bottle dated 2000. Complex. Big malty taste up front, esp. when cold, fading to a sour hop bite. Good with peach flan. Sipped for 2+ hours. A better version of Third Coast Old Ale?

Top 100: 29 December 2005, 10 March 2007, and 14 August 2010.

Comments: Previous ratings were 4 and then 6.

Rating: 7 glasses

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Oude Geuze

Brewer: Drie Fonteine

Style: Gueze

Tasting notes: (1008) A 2 yr 7 mn old bottle. Tartness is muted by oak. Hints of apple and grapefruit. Complex and quaffable. (0803) Not as tart as Girardin. More apple and smokey oak. Complex and quaffable. Upgraded from 4. (0712) Grapefruit cider. Vineous and refreshing.

Top 100: 10 March 2007 but not 29 December 2005 or 14 August 2010.

Rating: 6 glasses

Big D.I.P.A.

Brewer: Blue Mountain

Style: Double IPA

Tasting notes: (1008) On draft @ Southwinds. A great hop delivery vehicle. May rate 6 glasses.

Rating: 5 glasses


Brewer: Oud Beersel

Style: Fruit Lambic

Tasting notes: (1008) NOT Oude Kriek. Lacks tartness and tastes of artificial sweetner.

Rating: 1 glass


Brewer: Paulaner

Style: Doppelbock

Tasting notes: (1103) Good but lacked the sweetness and dark fruits. Downgraded from 5 glasses after drinking Old Rasputin. (1007) A delightful bottle from Jon S., sweet malty caramel with dark fruits. It is what I remembered from years ago @ Avalon.

Previous ratings: 5 glasses

Rating: 4 glasses

Old #38 Stout

Brewer: North Coast

Style: Irish Stout

Tasting notes: (1007) A bottle @ Acacia. A great example of the style - dry and crisp with chocolate and smoke undertones. May rate 4 glasses.

Rating: 3 glasses

90 Minute IPA

Brewer: Dogfish Head

Style: Double IPA

Tasting notes: (1007) On drart @ Joe's Inn. Citrous and pine and malt and complex and balanced. Upgraded from 5 glasses. (0711) A glass @ CAH. Very nice. Good hops balanced by sweet malt. Still thinking about a rating of 6. (0609) One bottle. A great beer. Complex and balanced. At first I noticed smooth citrous hops with nice malt backbone. It had a lemon flavor at the end of a taste. As it warmed, the malts came forward and it remined me of an English Barleywine. May rate a 6/8. I wonder if it "aged" sitting in my refrig for a while.

Top 100: 29 December 2005, 10 March 2007, and 14 August 2010.

Rating: 6 glasses

Keller Pils

Brewer: Tuppers

Style: Pilsner

Tasting notes: (1007) A tasty pils w/ a nice, rough, grassy hoppiness. May rate 4 glasses but I keep wanting to buy it again. A tiche pricey, however.

Comment: Brewed by contract by St. George

Rating: 5 glasses

Summer Ale

Brewer: St. George

Style: Pale Ale

Tasting notes: (1006) English style pale ale.

Rating: 2 glasses


Brewer: Stone

Style: Double IPA

Tasting notes: (1006) Ditto altough the grapefruit was not as promounced as I remember. 0706: Moved to 4 in new rating. (0602) Floral, hoppy nose. Plenty of hops taste but milder than I expected (or advertized on the bottle). Strong grapefruit aftertaste. Would be fun to share with a hop head, although my recollection is that Bear Republic Racer X would be a better choice.

Top 100: 29 December 2005, 10 March 2007, and 14 August 2010.

Rating: 4 glasses

Whiskey-Barrel Aged Gonzo

Brewer: Flying Dog

Style: Baltic Porter

Tasting notes: (1006) On tap @ Mekong. Bigger and bolder than Gonzo.

Rating: 4 glasses


Brewer: Flying Dog

Style: Baltic Porter

Tasting notes: (1006) On tap @ Mekong. Big and bold.

Rating: 3 glasses