Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Kasteel Tripel

Triples are known to be strong, yeasty and malty. Tripels Pale in comparison to other Belgian styles, but with a more notable hop profile.

Brewery: Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Beer: Triple
Style: Belgian Triple
ABV: 11.0%
Price: About $3.89 USD

This beer pours hazy yellow/orange with a dense white head. Aroma is malty sweet and yeasty, with notes of fruits and spices. Flavor is "in your face" cloves, oranges, coriander and yeast. This beer has a certain complexity to it. The spices seem perfectly balanced. Phenomenal across the board. I almost want to believe this beer could end wars. The sensations my brain is receiving are surreal, if my mouth could orgasm, it would have done so at least ten times now. Palate is light, carbonation is lively. Flavor wise, the alcohol isn't detectable until the beer warms. Your stomach will know otherwise : )

Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 5/5
Taste: 9/10
Palate: 5/5
Overall: 17/20
Final Score: 43/50

Hoppin' Frog's Outta Kilter Wee Heavy Scotch Style Red Ale

Out of all of the styles of beer, the Scotch Ale is one that never seems to grow tired on my palate. There's just something about it's bold maltiness that excites my taste buds time and time again.

Brewery: Hoppin' Frog
Beer: Outta Kilter Wee Heavy Scotch Style Red Ale
Style: Scotch Ale
ABV: 8.2%
IBU: 23
Price: $7.99 per 22oz bottle

This beer pours a clear deep amber/red color with a thin off white head. Aroma is caramel, more caramel, malt, and slightly fruity. Flavor is very sweet, with some caramelization and a hint of fruitiness from the yeast. Body is medium with a slightly oily texture and light carbonation. As this beer warms the alcohol becomes more evident.

Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

Final Score: 37/50

This beer may not perfectly fit the Scotch Ale category, I didn't really get any roasty notes on this beer. Ignoring the style constrains for the scoring this is a fantastic beer.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Brasserie Lefebvre's Hopus

I think I'll devote this month to Belgian Beers. Why, you ask? THEY ARE AWESOME, that's why.

Brewery: Brasserie Lefebvre
Beer: Hopus
Style: Beglian Strong Ale
ABV: 8.3%
Price: ~$4-$5 USD for 330ml bottle

This beer pours a light hazy golden color with the a fluffy white head that never seems to diminish. The aroma very sweet/malty, with a buttery hop presence. Flavor is very sweet, with hints of coriander. The finish is somewhat spicy, dry, maybe even acidic. Texture is somewhere between medium and heavy.The aftertaste is quite nice, a combo of malty sweet and hop bitterness.

Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste: 7/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20

Final Score: 33/50

Monday, May 16, 2011

La Trappe Quadrupel

What's better than a trappist quadrupel? Not much my friend, not much. La Trappe is the only trappist brewery not located in Belgium. Fun fact, there are only 7 trappist breweries. Let's see what these monks have come up with.

Brewery: De Koningshoeven (La Trappe)
Beer: Quadrupel
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
ABV: 10.0%
IBU: 25
Price: $5-6 11.2oz bottle, $11-$12 25.4oz bottle

This beer pours a deep copper, almost red color with two fingers worth of off white head. Aroma is full of dark fruits (plums, pears, and cherries come to mind). This beer has a very deep and complex aroma, full of deep esters. Flavor is sweet, fruity, with a hint of spice from the yeast. The aftertaste is plums and alcohol. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation.

Aroma: 9/10
Appearance: 5/5
Taste: 8/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall Score: 17/20

Final Score: 42/50

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Hoppin' Frog's Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale

Since summer is here, it's time to pound out a new round of seasonals. You might be asking yourself, wtf is a shandy? I pondered the same thing as I stood in line for a beer at a baseball game last summer. I was greeted with a beer that resembled lemonade. Today I shall be reviewing Hoppin' Frogs Shandy, which happened to be bottled this week (SUPER FRESH!).

Brewery: Hoppin' Frog
Beer: Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale
Style: Fruit Beer
ABV: 7.0%
IBU: 7
Price: $7-$8 per 22oz bottle ($28 at progressive field, eek!)

This beer pours a light shade of gold with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet with lemon being the only thing I can detect. Flavor is lemony with a hint of maltiness, has a very sweet aftertaste. The body medium with light carbonation. Note to self, this beer goes down easy, especially on a hot summer day. A 22oz bottle of beer @ 7% ABV + dehydration from being outside is a bad combo.

Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall Score: 12/20

Final Score: 31/50

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Something unreleased, unnamed batch of beer

An opportunity came up recently, one that allowed me to get my hands on a sample of beer that won't be released for production until next year. To make it more mysterious, I won't reveal the brewery, or its potential name, just to keep your imagination running wild.

Brewery: ████████████
Beer: ████████████
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.4%
IBU: 60-70?
Price: Not set yet

This beer pours a pitch black with a thin, dark tan head consisting of the tiniest bubbles conceivable. The aroma is mostly whiskey, with chocolate, roastiness, and caramel in the background. Flavor is balanced between whiskey and chocolate. The aftertaste is mostly chocolate. Mouthfeel is heavy, the beer leaves a thin black film on the glass. As this beer warms, the alcohol becomes noticeable. If you love a good aged stout that is not sweet, nor bitter, with a bold flavor, ████████████ from ████████████ brewery is a beer to look out for in the future.

Aroma: 9/10
Appearance: 5/5
Taste: 9/10
Palate: 5/5
Overall Score: 18/20

Final Score: 46/50

Friday, May 6, 2011

Old Man Pale Ale

I thought I'd change things up this time, and share a recipe I've made for the ultimate session pale ale. This recipe leans on the malty side, making it great transition for those who are only familiar with piss water.

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Safale US-05
Yeast Starter?: No
Batch Size: 6.0 Gal
Original Gravity: 1.055
Final Gravity: 1.013
IBU's: 23
Boil: 60 minutes
Fermentation: 65F for 3 weeks

Grain Build
9 lbs 2-row malt
2 lbs Vienna malt
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal 20L malt

Mashing (Batch sparge)
I use 1.33qt/lb, using hard water
1 hour @ 152F, drain
10 minutes @ 170F, drain

Hop Additions
60 min, 1.5oz Cascade 5.5%AA
20 min, 0.5oz Cascade 5.5%AA
05 min, 0.5oz Cascade 5.5%AA

Other Additions
15min, 1/2 whirlfloc tablet

Bottle Carbonation
4.3oz table sugar to achieve 2.3 volumes of CO2,
let sit at room temp for 3 weeks to fully carbonate
keep in fridge for another week to prevent chill haze


Keg Carbonation
10-11psi @ 40F, ready in 1-2 weeks

This recipe costs about $20 to make 6 gallons
If you are bottling, this recipe has a 6 week turnover rate.
If you are kegging, you can knock that down to 4-5 weeks.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale

Even though it doesn't feel like summer where I live, why not buy a 12 of a local summer seasonal and have a good time. ^_^

Brewery: Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer: Holy Moses White Ale
Style: Belgian White (Witbier)
ABV: 5.4%
IBU: 30
Price: $9 6-pk 12oz/$16 12-pk 12oz

This beer pours a straw color with a fingers worth of head. Aroma is spicy with notes of coriander and citrus. Flavor is full of wheat, coriander, and a hint of orange. Body is light with an average amount of carbonation. Finish is dry and lightly spiced. I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this one seems to do a good job of covering up what I dislike (or there's not much wheat in it). As I'm writing this I'm on my 3rd bottle and has yet to become dull, (easy to drink).

Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall Score: 13/20

Final Score: 34/30

Monday, May 2, 2011

Shorts Uber Goober Oatmeal Stout

I am back, how exciting! In my absence, I have had many excellent beers.

One of the more odd beers I encountered includes a Sweet stout brewed with peanuts.

Brewery: Shorts Brewing Co.
Beer: Uber Goober
Style: Sweet Stout
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: ?
Price: ?

This beer pours a very very dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is full of peanuts and chocolate nibs. Aroma is robust with a strong roasty presence. Taste is bitter from roastiness, with a slight sweetness to it. Body is medium with a creamy texture. The finish is surprisingly dry and not very clingy, making this an easy beer to drink. Nicely Balanced and very interesting, though it feels like the chocolate and peanuts didn't combined as well as I was hoping.

BTW: Yes, that is a peanut wearing a cape on the label. (lol)

Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall Score: 15/20

Final Score: 37/50