Ofrenda - Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera
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Reviews by BretSikkink:
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
Golden orange color, fair head and lacing but nothing Belgianesque. Looks like a US microbrewed tripel rather than going whole hog, but attractive coloring, and the foam makes a leaves-under-foot crunching noise that is awesomely autumnal.
Nose is phenolic, redolent more of a weizen than a tripel per se, but a good whiff of booze thrown in tells me that this is serious - and 10% it is. Grassy hops are back there, slight medicinal note, but otherwise fairly clean.
Aroma is similar - pumpkin is not to be distinguished. Basically a solid block of light malt-booze bomb with a smattering of hops for some balance. Never brings in the delicate floral sweetness that the finer tripels do; in fact, this one doesn't quite hold up to the typical American version of the style, as pale an imitation as those often are. Weaker than I was hoping.
Body is spot on; slightly slick, well carbonated, and easy to drink. While nothing really pops out about the flavor, bear in mind that this thing masks 10% with an ease and aplomb that would make a Euro Strong Ale blush. Not the most flattering comparison I realize, but I mean it positively. Anything with such strength can turn into an attenuation disaster and leave the drinker in hangover heaven, but this is smooth and well-brewed despite having a less-than-stellar recipe to begin with.
Small changes in this recipe could pay huge dividends for this still up and coming brewery. I enjoyed this a week before Dia de los Muertos here in DF, and may be caught up in the season, which is a truly beautiful event besides being considered a UNESCO world heritage event. If you run into this beer, or anything else by Calavera, in your travels or trades, snap it up and get a taste of the central Mexican highlands.
10-26-2012 02:19:22 | More by BretSikkink
More User Reviews:
3.18/5 rDev -11.7%
This is a Belgian-style tripel brewed with pumpkin, calaveritas de azúcar and wheat, representing pan de muerto. Brewed for Día de Muertos.
Pours out a slightly hazed golden color with a fluffy head that fizzles out quickly. Smell is of the typical tripel variety. Phenolic yeast and grainy. Taste is about standard for a typical microbrewery's attempt at a tripel. Lacks the crisp dryness I prefer in a tripel. Pumpkin flavor is not forward (if I didn't know it had pumpkin I wouldn't have noticed). Mouthfeel is rather full but lacking a bit in carbonation. Overall this is decent. Seems like Calavera was trying to emulate a so-so US micro's attempt at a tripel rather than a Belgian one (I think I can say this about all of their beers I've tried [i.e., they really want to brew like a US micro rather than find their own thing]).
12-15-2011 03:37:21 | More by goochpunch
3.35/5 rDev -6.9%
A: Intense yellow color not transparent at all, very cloudy with a medium or dense body.
S: Some sour aroma is present, also alcohol and some sugar.
T: The barley is present, the body is nice but not clear flavors can be distinguished, there are some wheat.
M: Starts neutral and finish very bitter, long ending but alcohol and some sourness is present all over the beer and the sweetness is missing as it should.
01-02-2012 01:31:03 | More by karait95
Ofrenda from Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera
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