New Beer Sunday (week 590)

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  1. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,721) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Phenomenal first flittering, fine friend!!! Festive, funny, and flowing.
  2. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,410) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    How's it going, everybody?! What was a muggy morning here in NJ has given way to a blustery but beautiful, cool evening. Feels like fall outside. I'm still going through the beer leftover in my fridge from Memorial Day Weekend and this looked like a good one to crack open while grilling some halibut for dinner.

    Terrapin 14th Anniversary Ale


    For Terrapin's 14th Anniversary, they brewed a Tart Belgian Red. It pours a beautiful ruby red color with a fizzy, off-white head that shows poor retention and dissipates immediately. No lacing on the glass at all. Fruity and vinous aroma made up of cherry, bubble gum, grapes, and light caramel. No trace of hops. Candy-like sweetness in the flavor gets balanced by a tart, acidic finish that doesn't linger very long. Medium-light bodied with a thin texture and basically zero carbonation.

    Overall, this wasn't a bad effort but could have been improved with some carbonation and a little more body. Cheers!

    Overall score: 3.51/5.
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  3. mstrcrwly

    mstrcrwly Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2013 New York

    Sharks/Pens gm 6 of Stanley Final is on plus Game of Thrones i figured..reach into the cellar and pull something new out..went with this little beauty...


    first off..nice pour..opaque..medium tan head..aroma of chocolate,brandy,spices,alcohol soaked fruits..tastes of brandy,christmas cookies,chocolate,alcohol soaked pears & apples,nutmeg..little on the sweet side but very good nonetheless.
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  4. oldn00b

    oldn00b Champion (888) Feb 23, 2015 Virginia

    Hey NBS crew! I know I'm not exactly a regular but haven't been around much lately with so much going on, but more so because I haven't had anything new on a Sunday. Here to rectify that. Have a great week. Cheers!


    4.51/5 rDev -0.9%
    look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

    Pour was a bit unimpressive - nice frothy white head forms but recedes quickly. No lacing. Hazy light orange in color.

    Nose is big on grassy and onion notes. Definitely some big citrus, namely orange there too. Nice, but not a whole lot going on.

    Flavor is unexpected - big onion and grassy notes, as expected. But big bitter start to finish. Bright ripe citrus of orange and a bit of grapefruit. But theres a nice spice here and some other pungent aspects.

    Feel is nice - not overly juicy but not overly astringent or drying/bitter. Fully formed, no watery aspect.

    Overall, this is a fantastic DIPA - different from what I typically go for, surprising, but all the better for it.
  5. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    New Beer Sunday: A New Vienna Lager.

    Evenin' NBSers with special greetings to all you versitile seakers of viable Vienna Lagers.

    Well the weather here has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride with temps yesterday in the low 90s and today in the mid 80s. The humidity has been up and oppressive all day yesterday but then started down this afternoon, so it's actually fairly pleasant with the windows open and a nice breeze blowing. (But I'm still very glad that none of today's chores required yeard work, since it's not that comfortable yet :slight_smile:).

    As promised earlier in the day this evening's new beer is a Vienna Lager from a new brewery over in Jersey. How new is this beer? Well its "I wound up being the first to review it" new. The brewery is called Double Nickel, which is reportedly derived from its proximity to one of the bridges over the river between Jersey and Philly where once upon a time the toll each way was a nickel. According to the brewery's story, back in the day, the truckers in their CB chats used to refer to it as the Double Nickel Bridge. It seems they prefered to use this particular bridge because the next bridge down the river (and closer to center city Philly) was owned by someone else who charged a higher toll.

    As usual my review (subject to change until the beer is finished) can be found here:

    On the whole for a brand new Vienna Lager this is a quite respectable beer. It touches most of the right bases and doesn't get carried away with the sweetness that I personally don't care for in some Vienna Lagers. Lots of bready malt, some earthy grassy hop bitterness to finish off the beer. It does need a bit more work on the head since by half way through the beer there's not really much foam to speak of on the liquid. So all that said, it's not up there with the Great Lakes Eliott Ness, but it is drinkable and I'll be happy to have another.

    As for music tonight, in keeping with the origin of the style, has been some old vinyl recordings of Strauss Waltzes. A few weeks ago, with a different Vienna Lager, I linked to a youtube video of Andre Rieu doing a concert in front of the Imperial Summer Palace. In video linked to below there is a waltz medley and the occasional background scenes you can sometimes see this time are of the Winter Palace (The Hofburg) rather than the summer palace. This palace is inside what was once the city walls of Vienna.

    The city walls were torn down in the 1800s when they became pretty much useless as a defence against the then modern artillery. However, the cleared open space outside the walls was left open to create a circle of roads which surrounds the inner city or District 1 of Vienna. Some people have praised this as an example of city planning and design. However, what turns out to be the historical reality is that the Emperor's military advisors pointed out to him (in the mid-1800s) that the cavalary barracks for his troop of guards was on the other side of the city from the palace. In the event of civil disturbance in the inner city it would be faster and easier for them to reach the palace going around the outside of the inner city than it would be to try to go through the maze of inner city streets separating the barracks from the palace. So it was a desire for personal protection and military planning that led to the creation of Vienna's Ringstrasse. :slight_smile:

    Andre Rieu waltz medley: a concert encore.

    Cheers, all!
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  6. Victory_Sabre1973

    Victory_Sabre1973 Poo-Bah (2,581) Sep 15, 2015 Minnesota
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    Well, I was thiking of trying something from my Wisconsin haul, but I'll save those for another time.
    Waconia Brewing Waconiator Doppelbock.

    and my review of it.
    3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
    look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

    This beer pours a reddish brown color. There is no head to it, and minimal carbonation. The nose is somewhat muted. It has a boozy smell to it. The taste of this beer is surprisingly mellow for the ABV of it. It has notes of chocolate. There's a slightly fruity feel to it. Some maltiness. There's some slight carbonation feel to it when drinking. Not bad. It doesn't drink like an 8.8 ABV beer, so if you're not careful, it might sneak up on you.
  7. RJLarse

    RJLarse Poo-Bah (1,917) Dec 30, 2005 Washington

    Greetings All:

    Checking in from the great northwest with a Portland Oregon IPA. Breakside is a very nice brew for a warm late spring day with a real citrus flavor.

    Sunny and warn here in the Columbia Basin, with mowing being the order of the day.

    Until next time,

    Happy Trails!
  8. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,113) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    New FREE Beer Sunday
    My buddy at the beer store gave me this one this week. He was right. It is a very good beer.
    4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
    look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

    Bottled 5/27. Poured into a tulip glass.

    It is very cloudy, and a deep, glowing orange color. It has an egg shell white foam that disappears entirely, but leaves some lacing on the way down.

    The first thing that jumps out at me is it smells very musty/earthy. Very melon like. Also some pink lemonade, grapefruit, and some florally hops. Any malts/grains are hidden.

    That musty flavor is there front and center. Kind of rye like. Musk melon, red grapefruit, lemon, a touch of orange, and a Kool Aid mix sort of sugar sweetness. Finishes with some flower petal tasting hops with a significant bitterness that borders on aspirin and a piney and slightly grainy aftertaste. The first hint of any malts.

    Medium bodied. Nice balance. A bit airy/fluffy. Easy to drink.

    The advertised guava seems to really shine in this beer. Sweet and rustic flavor at the same time. Excellent ipa
  9. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (24,776) May 5, 2010 Ohio
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    Good evening NBS, hope everyone is enjoying the weekend once again. Thanks to @cavedave for getting us rolling today. Not much going on here, just another week of work ahead of me. I need to track down some minivans to collect some data for work this week. International certification paperwork is due ASAP; and they already did an official measurement for the vehicle; but I want more than one reference point before I change my official numbers. Also hoping to get my mountain bike back this week. They sent my fork to Fox to get rebuilt and its been 2-3 weeks now.

    New beers:

    Very tasty session IPA. Lasting head retention and dense spotty lacing down the glass. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, passion fruit, berry, lemon/orange zest, and light pepper/pine hops; with some light caramel/toasted bready malts; and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness. Light-medium pine/herbal/spicy bitterness; light-medium bodied with balanced grainy creaminess and hop stickiness in the mouthfeel. Light-medium dryness, increases through the glass. Zero lingering hop astringency; really nice clean and fairly crisp finish. This has a good sized malt body for the abv vs other session IPAs I have had(Munich malt once again); and the hop bill has everything I love. Would pick up again. Refreshing stuff. 3.81

    I think it's interesting that this says "Aged ON Brandy barrels"; I wonder if they only used barrel staves or something. Anyways, this was fantastic as expected. Aromas and flavors of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, fudge, toffee, toasted dark bread, raisin, prune, fig, date, leather, tobacco, oak, and light vanilla/smoke/charred grain. Light-moderate roast/char and herbal hop bitterness. Great bittersweet balanced finish; very full bodied creamy/silky/slick mouthfeel; fair amount of sticky/chalky roast in there too. Light increasing dryness. Warming finish, but not boozy. Very smooth sipper. Not sure how much actual Brandy influence is going on here; I am definitely getting nice oak presence, however the melange of supporting dark fruit notes I found are in the base beer already. Still incredible stuff either way. 4.32

    Excellent sour! Aromas and flavors of brightly tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, papaya, guava, orange zest, and light pepper; light-medium wheat/cracker malt; with moderate hay/straw/grassy/briney funk character. Light-medium fruity/acidic tartness and oak/hop spice. Clean/crisp finish with zero lingering acidity. Light-medium body with balanced grainy wheat creaminess and acidity in the mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. I really liked that was not super sour, more of a refreshing level of acidity; a ton of awesome wild yeast and tropical hop fruity complexity going on. Really love this one. 4.12

    Cheers, have a good night NBS

  10. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (3,429) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    New Gose Sunday


    To Øl Gose To Hollywood

    Hazy pale bronze in color, effervescent, with a huge merengue-like, yellow-tinted white head that lasts a while before becoming quite sudsy as it slowly dissipates.

    Light aroma of lemon, saltwater, soap and a little tartness. The taste is much less citrusy than I expected, with more of a watered-down peach or nectarine flavor, just the slightest tartness (like with a watered down peach or nectarine) and a good wallop of saltiness. Pretty light bodied over all, but maybe with a bit more heft than average for the style. The salt leaves behind a strong dryness and saltiness.

    It's okay, but not my favorite gose.
  11. Junkforadam

    Junkforadam Initiate (146) Jan 12, 2015 Oklahoma

    Having some Pipeworks Ninja vs Unicorn with some grilled Spinach/Bacon/Artichoke pizza!
    Thanks for the trade @Illini7997 !
    look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4 | total: 4.12
  12. hoptheology

    hoptheology Poo-Bah (5,555) May 12, 2014 South Dakota
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    New beer for me, new beer for Beer Advocate's database.


    Not bad at all...

    3.98/5 rDev n/a
    look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

    Emoticon DHS Double Dry Hopped Sour pours a honey amber color with 70% transparency. The head is creamy and Guinness-like, and leaves polite lace behind. The head stays quite awhile and doesn't recede quickly.

    Aromas of dry hop, cantaloupe and melon, pale malts, and some honey.

    The label says that this is a clash between a Blonde Ale, a Red Ale, and a Sour. I'd say it's dead on in the flavor department and leans a bit more towards the Blonde side. It's got a nice milky sourness, but also some distinct dry hoppiness and a touch of toasted caramel malts. Quite a feat, quite odd, but executed superbly. Extra points for being original.

    The feel sticks to the palate like a kind, rubbery cactus and gently scrapes the tongue as it glides all the way down. A nice dry finish wraps things up.

    Overall, I wasn't expecting much - actually I was expecting a sour - and at first I was disappointed, but on closer examination I realize this beer does exactly what it sets out to do, and that's blending three styles into a quenchable, thirst-destroying summer slammer. I'd gladly have this again.
  13. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,888) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    After having another, and getting more into the beer's groove, my thoughts on it haven't substantially changed but I'm now just seeing it as a delicate take on the style. Prost!
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  14. Victory_Sabre1973

    Victory_Sabre1973 Poo-Bah (2,581) Sep 15, 2015 Minnesota
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    I guess it's another time, so I decided to pop open a beer from my haul today. It was a beer that I was surprised to find. I didn't think that Short's beers made it to Hudson, Wisconsin. I thought the distro was only in the eastern part of the state, and limited to a few stores. Well, as I'm often, I was wrong. So here's the beer.

    Shorts Brew Soft Parade.

    This beer is damn good. if I were going to hit up Wisconsin again before my Lake of the Woods, Northwest Angle trip, I'd pick up another 6er of this to take along. It drinks like a good boat beer. It is refreshing, and light. The problem is it clocks in at 7.5% ABV, so it could mess me up fast. I guess 4 or 5 of my 6er will make the trip.

    4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

    This beer pours a reddish color. The head was frothy, but dissipated quickly. The nose of this beer is fruity, and tart. The taste is light, fruity, slight tartness. It's a very easy drinking beer for the ABV.

    ★ 209 characters

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  15. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (2,014) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    The collection of brews you NBSers collect never ceases to amaze ... what a collection!

    I got one many of you have tried already (or will be trying when it hits your locale):
    Prairie Artisan Birthday BOMB!

    The bottle says it's aged on "coffee, cocao nibs, vanilla beans and chili pepper", which I thought was the exact same roster for regular BOMB! I see mentions of "caramel" on other reviews, so I'm assuming that's the deal -- it's BOMB! with caramel added.

    Whatever. Don't care. Just want to drink this and smell it and drink it and smell and drink it and smell it ... it's summer in Texas and this big-ass super sweet super thick stout is still an A+. Loads and loads of milk chocolate dominate all, nose and flavor, and the huge bitter hop bite on the finish really gives it that imperial stout kick that I've become addicted to.

    The review:
    4.44 (+1.1% rDev)

    I didn't mention in the review, but with the beer warmed up and halfway into the glass I can really taste the chili peppers ... it's like a few cayenne sprinkles on the back end. Sooooo good!!! :grinning::grinning:

    Dinner is calling ... and maybe more beer. :stuck_out_tongue:

  16. Victory_Sabre1973

    Victory_Sabre1973 Poo-Bah (2,581) Sep 15, 2015 Minnesota
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    We just got Prairie beers here in Minnesota, and that was the first one I picked up here. I might save it for a fishing trip at the end of the month. I am looking forward to it.
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  17. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (2,014) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    If you like big sweet stouts, you'll love it. And good luck with the fishing!

    I'm keeping my second bottle until this winter. And I might grab 2-3 more bottles. It's not cheap but it's so dang good.
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  18. Victory_Sabre1973

    Victory_Sabre1973 Poo-Bah (2,581) Sep 15, 2015 Minnesota
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    Oh, I do. My fishing trip is a unique trip - it is in a place called Angle Inlet, Minnesota. To get there you actually have to go into Canada, then back to Minnesota. Because of this fact, you're limited on the alcohol you can bring. You can only bring 1L of the hard stuff, or 24, 12 oz beers per person.

    At least there isn't an ABV limit on the beers, so My KBS, Bell's 30th, and Prairie Birthday Bomb will be part of my 24.
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  19. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,577) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Another new beer for today: Flying Dog - Heat Series: Oaked Chipotle Ale


    I knew so little about this beer that I didn't even know what color liquid would come out of the bottle. Was it going to be more of a pale ale or more of a porter? A "chile beer" isn't something I have every day... every month... or even every season. When they're bad, they are spectacularly regrettable. I grabbed this on a whim.

    Turns out, the beer is an absolutely beautiful dark mahogany color. The body is conspicuously nonexistent. It's very thin. There is plenty of heat here, but its level is pure perfection. You always notice it, but it's drinkable, and it really lingers in the mouth long after a swallow. Beyond the pepper, there's a list of supporting players. Whatever hops are here are doing their job well. The chicory is also handled very well. It's there, but purely lending a hand in the back. The smoked malts aren't really noticeable in the mix... unless they are responsible for the faint ashy quality. I don't really know if this is from the malts, the "toasted" oak, or the peppers. Perhaps the smoked malt contribution is simply blending with the chipotle. Don't go into this expecting a Rauchbier. I wouldn't have known there was oak if the brewer didn't announce it. The beer hiding underneath the pepper feels like more of a brown ale than anything else. I could drink another bottle of this right now. A surprising delight and a great six pack representation of the "style."

    I'm tempted to open another new beer but the heat in this one might make me keep those caps on.
  20. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico

    Hey guys, busy day, but finally getting to enjoy this Plan Bee Bartlett:



    And my thoughts:

    4.23/5 rDev +1%
    look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

    750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

    In the glass, the liquid is a cloudy golden/straw color. It has a nice glow to it. Head is plentiful and frothy and pale white.

    Smells is incredibly funky. Leaping from the bottle and the glass. White wine and unripened orchard fruit present themselves too. Maybe not as multi-faceted as I want, but I love the funk here.

    Oooh, I like this flavor. Continues to be vinous. Feels and tastes white wine like with a crisp pear flavor. The funk is more fruity than earthy and I'm getting notes like peach and apple as well. A nice medley.

    I'm quite happy with the body on this. This veers really light. It even hints at being too light, but enough flavor, feel, funk, and texture emerge to make this feel on point. The tartness is moderate and complements the vinous quality. All the while, the beer is clean and crisp.

    Really tasty and highly drinkable. This is great.
  21. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico

    I'm flying back to Albuquerque, but will bet out in NYC plenty. Another NM to NY drive will happen eventually, so I'll look you up.

    Holy Mountain wowed me in Seattle. This beer sounds spectacular.

    Picon! I'd been hunting for that too. My dad's wife is of Basque descent and the Basque population in the western United States (especially in Nevada) have a drink of their own called Picon Punch. Have you had that?
  22. Premo88

    Premo88 Poo-Bah (2,014) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    Cool! What are they?

    Sounds f-ing awesome! What are you fishing for? I grew up largemouth bass fishing and bay fishing for speckled trout, flounder and red fish (red drum) in the Gulf of Mexico, so I'm mostly fish illiterate when it comes to anything north of the Red River.

    24 12 oz. beers, huh? How long a trip? Those three bottles will definitely help fill out a session. :stuck_out_tongue::grinning:
  23. Victory_Sabre1973

    Victory_Sabre1973 Poo-Bah (2,581) Sep 15, 2015 Minnesota
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    Ok, time to continue on NBS. Another beer I picked up today - New Glarus Bubbler. I've been looking forward to it ever sice it was announced. I love hefes. If I were forced to only drink one style of beer, it would be a hefe.

    3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
    look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

    It pours a murky golden color. The head was moderate. The nose has the standard hefe smell - banana. The taste is fairly standard for a hefe. It's got banana notes. It also has a bubbly feel to it from the carbonation. It is delicious hefe.
  24. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (8,228) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    I really wanted to get some more Fuchsia this year but we were too late in the season and they were all sold out. By far my most favorite flower, they bloom upside down and they're absolutely spectacular, IMO.



    Better luck next year. :slight_frown:
  25. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico

    I like to say, #notadaygoseby
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  26. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico

    Another brew tonight and it's also from NY, or NYC to be exact. Threes Brewing's Day of the Dead IPA, courtesy of @RobNewton :


    4.31/5 rDev -1.8%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

    12 ounce can poured into a snifter. 6/1/16 can.

    A- Not beautiful looking to me. Hazy pale straw color. Actually cloudy. Maybe a tad murky. Pale white wispy head. 4.25

    S- Lovely aroma though. Sweet mango and pineapple. A distinct mineral quality. Pilsner-like malt. The light malt with its biscuity allows the tropical flavors to pop. 4.5

    T- Interesting. Not nearly as mango and pineapple heavy, though those fruits are there. They're just more biter and unripened. Again, I get a minerally flavor, floral yeast, and a light, bready, crackery malt. 4.25

    M- The bitterness is surprisingly aggressive here. Light and easy-drinking feel otherwise. Fruity, a touch sweet. 4.25

    Threes does some killer brews and this qualifies. Not flawless but pretty damn good.
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  27. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,721) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Well Hello NBS Late Night.
    Wow, I have a lot of reading to catch up on. You all have been busy here.:slight_smile:
    School year winds down in fits and starts. Some of you folks might think we teachers get "the summer off." Well I gotta say in my first week "off" I have already met with 2 of my teammates planning for next year. And I'm heading back to my school near the end of June for a week long art and music camp that really enriches our kids' lives. Many teachers come to this event, some traveling from other parts of California, to VOLUNTEER their time. It's really something to behold.
    We are also planning to meet after music camp 2 of those days for more planning, as well as in the first week of August. And then we're back at it, school year begins 2nd week of August. I'm not complaining, but I do get a little tired of people saying, "Yeah, but you get 3 months off in the summer."

    Anyway, packing to head out to Chicago tomorrow. Then on to northern Indiana to visit my uncle. Dad is coming with me (uncle is his little brother) which is a nice surprise for my uncle. But, I'm pulling the old Maxwell Smart double-double cross. My brother, unbeknownst to both my uncle and my dad, arrives about a half hour after us. This should be fun. I'm bringing some good beers from So Cal. My brother is bringing some New Mexico offerings. :slight_smile::slight_smile::slight_smile:
    And hopefully I'm going to have my second NBS meetup with our very own @Prager62 . I have a few things to drop on him.:sunglasses:

    Anyway, as far as new beers go...last night I tried dozens at the OC Brewer's Guild First Annual gathering. Many a good beer was sampled. Even tried a category I had never heard of, a grisette. Similar to a saison, but, well, different.

    As for now, I'm enjoying a RIS with caramel coffee, from Phantom Ales, in Anaheim.
    It's called Darth Czar (w/caramel coffee)
    4.19/5 rDev n/a
    look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

    Deep brown hue, khaki head rises to two fingers from a vigorous pour. Slowly recedes to a scattered slick on the surface. Very little lacing.
    Smell is glorious. Caramel coffee is right there. So spot on. Underneath you catch whispers of char and peat.
    Taste is a real balanced waltz between the roast of the coffee and the sweet of the caramel. They really go back and forth, sharing the spotlight, and almost through contrast, they highlight their partner. The caramel notes have a depth though. Much more complex than just "sweet." Slight wood notes on the finish.
    Mouthfeel could be a tad more hefty, but I'm not complaining.
    Overall, this is one great take on an RIS.
  28. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,721) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    beautiful shots. I can see why it's your favorite.
  29. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (8,228) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Those flowers are absolutely amazing. (Totally explains why they sell out so fast also.) If anyone is interested in getting some, you need to start looking around Mother's Day at your local specialty greenhouse. :slight_smile:
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  30. Gemini6

    Gemini6 Devotee (462) Oct 5, 2013 Michigan

    New Belgian Sunday!

    I decided my theme for the day was going to be Belgian. I started off with a "crafty" beer I have had my eyes on and I was glad to have finally grabbed a single of.

    Blue Moon Belgian Table Pils
    Best by 9/19/16

    BA has this logged as an American Pale Lager. While I am not going to put this in Pilsner Urquell territory, I would definitely say this was made within the Pilsner style. It did have a witbier twist, which I am assuming was from the orange peel addition, I found this to be exactly what I expected from a Blue Moon Pils, if not better.

    It was biscuit malt with grassy hops, with a twist in the finish. Blue Moon tends to be priced near Sierra Nevada, so given the choice I am taking Nooner all day long. However, this was by no means a disappointment. $7/6pk is not rare for this brand, and at that price this is a beer worth considering if the circumstances are right. 3.98/5

    Destihl Flanders Red
    Best By 12/16/16

    Full disclosure, this is only my second beer in the style, so maybe it is not one I have a great understanding of. I really enjoyed my first, which was Rodenbach Classic. It took me a minute to understand what I was dealing with, but I came around to understanding the sour, acidic style. Or, so I thought. This one came across way to acidic for me. The aroma was very good, lending to a sweeter red wine with some tart, acidic notes, and a presence of sweet male that suggested it would round this beer out. I was wrong in my interpretation. For me, this beer's acidity did not play well with other flavors. It dominated, and did not allow the malt to shine, which seems like a shame. That acid did help cut the rich funk of the Limburger cheese I paired it with, though. Maybe this is indicative of the style, and it is just not my kinda thing. But, overall, I did not particularly enjoy this one, and it makes me hesitant to revisit the style. 3.58/5

    Now, for my last two of NBS, I move to a distinctly Belgian brewery located in my homestate.

    Brewery Vivant Zaison
    Bottled 5/20/16

    This beer intrigued me because I love a good saison, but I had always felt that the bright, refreshing nature of the style was a major part of the appeal. Recently, though, I have tried Ommegang's Hennepin and Boulevard's Tank 7, which are both >7.5% and very well done. This beer, while missing some of the styles best features, still hit the mark for 10/3%. The body was reminiscent of an imperial IPA, and it surprisingly worked. There was also this OJ quality to it that I enjoyed. But, at it's core it was still funky. The funk may not have been the key player, but it kept the beer tasting like nothing else I have had before. This won't satisfy my craving for a saison, but I did really enjoy this beer paired with my chicken waterzooi.


    Final Belgian, and nightcap beer...

    Brewery Vivant Wizard Burial Ground
    Released in December of 2016

    This beer was not inexpensive, so during the winter months I waited for the time to seem right to crack this one. It never came. Then, today I decided my meals and beers would be themed with a Belgian influence, so naturally this was the right moment to finally try this brew. Man, IDK how I waited this long! This beer is great. Truth be told, the more I drink BBA stouts, the more I realize the style is not always for me. The focus on the barrel takes away the roasty, dark-fruity, and dense characteristics that draw me to imperial stouts. On the other hand, I have learned that BBA barleywines/old ales are more in line with my palate. This beer, rivals any BBA beer I have had, and the barrel compliments the base style much like the barleywines I spoke of. The aroma is to die for; caramel, oak, and plums in harmony. The candi-sugar notes in the front with the plum notes in the middle are finished perfectly by the bourbon, alcohol, and oak notes on the finish. This paired amazingly well with the Belgian waffle with vanilla ice cream I had with dessert. This 16oz can approached $8, so it is not likely something I will ever have in abundance. But, it was so well-executed that I will definitely aim to grab another one come December.


    Cheers, NBS!

  31. utopiajane

    utopiajane Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    OH! So pretty :sunglasses:
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  32. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,016) Mar 12, 2009 New York
    Society Trader

    New Beer Sunday's over, true,
    Monday's come, as Mondays do.
    Six more day to wait, and then
    NBS appears again.
    A week to search for great new beers.
    Thanks for joining with us. Cheers!
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