Chatoe Rogue First Growth Creek Ale - Rogue Ales
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3.15/5 rDev -6.3%
This beer has several things about it that make me excited to try it. It's a Dubbel (one of my favorite styles) brewed with whole cherries. Beers using real fruit, particularly when they are styles that you rarely see fruit in are always interesting. That, coupled with the fact this beer is an estate beer where the brewery has grown the hops and malt itself has me intrigued. However, it's also a Rogue beer and in my experience Rogue is very unpredictable in terms of flavor and quality.
Pours a clouded mahogany with a finger of off-white foam that recedes quickly, despite a very hard pour.
A muddled mix of flavors include cloying burnt sugars, some cherry syrup, and musty yeast. Unfortunately, the cherries are coming off as slightly artificial despite the fact they are supposedly real. Most disappointing, however, is the lack of Belgian yeast character. Slightly chalky, musty, with some very faint esters sums it up. Overly sweet and under-carbonated for the style.
Thoroughly disappointing from start to finish.
10-12-2010 23:18:11 | More by bump8628
3.58/5 rDev +6.5%
Roomie MaltBombPete grabbed up a bottle... wanted to try this and forgot about it...
- Reddish hue to an off-white mocha head... leaves a nice thin layer of creamy head.... cloudy brown brew... like dirty water....
- Banana Belgian yeast.... light tart cherry.. brown sugar... malt... bitter grassy and earthy touch....
- Creamy smooth... lightly sweet.... light tart cherry and woody aromas.. banana yeast... certainly a Belgian.... could be a touch stronger...
- Medium to light bodied.... slightly creamy... tart enough to water the palate.
- Overall it is interesting... and I didnt do too much reading up on the brew... never realized it was a Belgian.. but a nice light version of a dubbel.. pale.. or fruit brown Belgian.. lol.
10-05-2010 03:01:05 | More by Docer
3.85/5 rDev +14.6%
Pours out a cloudy brown with one finger of very tiny light brown suds. Some lacing.
Smell is like raspberry and malt mixed up together with some pungent yeast that burns the nose.
Taste is a bit sour that stays with the flavor all through the taste. I like this trait. There is malt and sugar here but the star is the sour.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and a little dirty but the sour makes this pleasurable.
Drinkability is pretty good here. This is a better beer than these reviews tend to show.
10-04-2010 22:18:06 | More by peabody
3.13/5 rDev -6.8%
Picked up at the brewery for less than $7
Poured into a wine goblet, a ruddy brownish with a small pink tinged head that quickly dissipates, aroma is slight belgian yeast spice and a sourish cherry cough drop smell,
Tastes follows suit a mild belgian yeast spicyness with subtle maltiness then a whollop of vicks formula 44 cough syrup, not up to what I had hoped, the flavor did mellow somewhat as the beer warmed up.
Perhaps this need to age a little, seems rough and unbalanced right now.
10-01-2010 18:39:20 | More by mudbug
4.08/5 rDev +21.4%
Poured into a small wine glass from a 22 oz bottle. Small 1/2 finger of head, medium brown/amberish color. Head dies with very little lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, spice, and tart cherry. Flavor borders on a barrel aged sour. A little bit more mellow than some, but quite impressive given the price. Definitely getting that Belgian Dubbel flavor as well as sour cherry. A light sweetness and a good medium length finish. One of the more impressive Rogue beers I've tried. Mouthfeel is quite fluffy, especially given the lack of head. Quite quaffable.
09-19-2010 22:16:33 | More by WestValleyIPA
3.3/5 rDev -1.8%
22 picked up tonight at Brewforia on the way home from work... ~$7.... Cheaper than I figured it was gonna be, but I still cringed a bit.
Poured into my Old Guardian goblet.. sandy tan head with a slight pink tinge... big sheets of lacing as the head drops... The brew is a deeply hazed amber.
Nose shows light hints of Belgian phenols ... the cherries are definitely present yet seem pretty lite... really, the aromas in general are a tad lite... Not bad, just I was hoping for more.
Initial sips showed bits of medicinal cherry cough syrup, but that went away as the glass opened up.. Again, some minor Belgian spiciness shows in the beginning and then melts away into the cherry essence... I can gather bits and pieces of pepper and clove if I concentrate, but overall, the Belgian qualities are minor... The cherry gathers toward the finish and lingers for a short while, but sorta falls flat for me.
Interesting.. the fruits try and play well with the base beer, but it seems pretty flimsy... I dig it and am enjoying the fun of pulling out different characteristics, but I doubt I will buy another bottle unless I am brewing a fruited Belgian or possibly for a trade.
09-11-2010 08:40:53 | More by JohnGalt1
4/5 rDev +19%
Had this at the Kickbacks-Jacksonville beer dinner. We were told this was a dubbel style brewed with fresh cherries. This is their 4th Chatoe Series beer. It was not a sour beer but had some sublte sour flavors from the cherries used. It tatse like a dubbel but a little different. Maybe it's the pacman yeast they added. Visual was like the style as well. This was good but not somehting to go crazy about. I did enjoy it thought and I'll buy a bottle when it comes out.
The brew contains 8 ingredients: Wheat, Rogue Barley Farm DareTM and RiskTM Malts, Rogue Hopyard Revolution Hops, Montmorency Cherries, Pacman & Belgian Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.
08-21-2010 00:19:58 | More by CampusCrew
Chatoe Rogue First Growth Creek Ale from Rogue Ales
77 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.