New Beer Weekend #96

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  1. beergoot

    beergoot Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    ...busted...!!!...point taken...:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
     
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  2. ZebulonXZogg

    ZebulonXZogg May 5, 2015 Illinois
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    Well it really looked good when I poured it, sure smelled nice too.....but it was all downhill after that.....good thing my wife liked it....

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    3.57/5 rDev -17.9%
    look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
    by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

    Nice black pour, not exactly "chewy", a small brown head that vanished, no lacing, none of that expected. It smells like a Lehmann Kringle, pecan, cinnamon, brown sugar, it even tastes like that, and that's where the problem lies, for me. 1st sips pretty good, each one gets sweeter. Nice thick opaque body. My wife doesn't like beer but thought this was "really tasty".
    Please don't ad junk to beer!
     
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  3. officerbill

    officerbill Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    Today was hot enough to feel like being near the Mexican border so let's hit the dark version of 50 Miles To Mexico from War Horse.

    War Horse calls this a Dark Mexican Lager even though the “Mexico” they refer to is the 220 year old town of Mexico, NY.
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    Not much info on the can or the website, just that this 4.7% lager is a “medium bodied dark Mexican lager brewed with New York pilsner malt”

    50 Miles Dark pours a double strength iced tea with a tan short lived head that dissolves into a thick film and a faint burnt make\malt aroma.

    The taste is a pleasant toasted (almost burnt) malt with a background of almond, dark caramel, and apple seeds.

    Thinner bodied then you would expect with minimal carbonation and a dry slightly bitter aftertaste, again reminiscent if biting into an apple seed

    Overall this is a nice, refreshing beer. I wouldn't recommend it for a hot day, but it's works well on a warm evening and would go well with spicy tex-mex food

    3.96/5 rDev 0%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
     
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  4. russpowell

    russpowell May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Mother's Brewing ( Springfield, MO ) Super Solid Orange Pineapple IPA, 4.2% ABV; 3.84 overall

    Pours a very effervescent & slightly opaque gold with one finger of cream colored head. Average head retention & a little better lacing

    S: Slight breadyness & citrus, a little grassyness, all pretty muted

    T: Orange, lime & a little pineapple up front, slight breadyness. Lime, oranges & pineapple, plus a little dryness & grassyness as this warms. Finishes dry with oranges & grassyness

    MF: Light/medium body, fairly firm carbonation, nice balance

    Great drinkability, delivers a lot flavor for a "light" IPA, a shame the nose didn't come along for the ride. Perfect float trip beer
     
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  5. russpowell

    russpowell May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    I always ding beers for appearance.
     
  6. jonphisher

    jonphisher Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    Got the hockey game on, it’s nice to be able to watch a western conference game, usually I’m sound asleep when they start out here. I cannot wait to be able to watch the game tomorrow night @Beersnake1 starts at 8 for us another western one I’ll be able to watch.

    Now to beer, another one from @ovaltine; sent in the same box as the Columbus I just finished.

    Dovetail - Grodziskie

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    Pours a an almost dark lemonade (maybe brownish :stuck_out_tongue::stuck_out_tongue::wink:) like color and appearance, very cloudy. Head dissipates very very quick, leaving a small white ring.

    A unique smelling smoke to me, it was very heavy at first like band aid; as the nose adjusted it became more pleasant. There is an estery almost hefe like aroma hiding. I’ve noticed this in several dovetail beers which is interesting. It also has a crisp crackery smell to it.

    The taste pretty much mirrors the nose, no surprises but it definitely again shows the Hefeweizen like notes.

    Light body, with an extra snappy zing to it; finishes with an almost lemon like pop. Very refreshing.

    I enjoyed this beer; the smoke was way too much at first but as the palette adjusted the other notes became noticeable. Thanks for sending Mike.
     
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  7. ovaltine

    ovaltine Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    The nose of that slightly hazy, light brown beer is ….. startling at first.
     
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  8. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Philipsburg American Hefeweizen Haybag

    3.65/5 rDev -7.8%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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    Canned 4.5.22, opened 5.21.22

    New brewery for me

    Brewers Notes: Citrusy and dry, this wheat beer uses 40% malted white wheat from Washington to give a mouthful of cereal flavor, all while being incredibly drinkable and thirst-quenching. Cascade and Willamette hops provide grassy citrus flavors and aromas. The special yeast strain stays in suspension for that signature cloudiness. “Haybag” is a term of endearment used by some local men when referring to their wife or girlfriend, eg: “Look at all those haybags sitting at the bar.”

    Poured into a cheap plastic hotel nonic style plastic cup

    Frothy two finger off white foam cap , recedes to a solid layer , clinging lacings, over a translucent orange liquid

    Aroma is grassy

    Taste is slightly grassy, slight lemon citrus , no clove, no banana

    Sudsy , smooth

    Nice beer while discovering Yellowstone

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    saw this in Gardner , MT…thought it was appropriate.
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  9. ESHBG

    ESHBG Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Fat Head's Lime Feelin' Good Mexican-Style Lager - I am a big fan of Lagers and lime so I can't see how this could be a miss for me. Pours a clear yellow with a decent head that quickly disappears. Smell is about perfect for me and the lime is there but not overwhelming. Taste is excellent, nice and crisp and is perfect on a day like today where the heat index was 100F (in May!?). Sure, you could always buy a Macro and add your own lime (and some sea salt, which for me is a necessity) but since this has the perfect mix why bother? I would gladly drink this again and would take this over most IPAs tbh...yeah, I said it :stuck_out_tongue:

    Sidenote: the can has their usual "Handcrafted unfiltered pour slowly" on the side but it's a little odd on this one, as this was as clear as can be. Also, FH does Lagers very well and I hope that they do more.
     
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  10. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Aug 17, 2013 California
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    Thanks to @cjgiant for kicking things off today! I'm glad you can catch the battle of Alberta tomorrow, @jonphisher. The last 2 games have been crazy.

    My new beer for today is compliments of @Whyteboar from BIF 15. Short's Brew XVIII Anniversary Ale. I made a new entry for this one as the recipe is not the same as other versions of the anniversary ale.

    Poured at fridge temp. Pours a murky/opaque orange with off-white head. The head retention is good, and sticks around for at least 10 minutes. Nose is corn nuts, oranges, lemon, grass, and a slight amount of toffee. Wheat and a bit of plums start to emerge after a couple of minutes. A slight candy note. Really nice.

    The taste kind of follows the nose, but definitely has a few departures. A hoppy bitterness comes through almost immediately. Citrus peel. Oranges, leather, wheat, corn, and oak. I am a bit surprised by the taste - the bitterness definitely dominates. Almost a tangy note.

    The mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall, a really interesting beer!

    3.96/5 rDev 0%
    look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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  11. snaotheus

    snaotheus Oct 6, 2008 Washington
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    hahaha...thanks, @jonphisher!
     
  12. jkblr

    jkblr Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    Good evening NBW
    My boss just returned from a trip to South Dakota and brought back a few beers. This is a Maibock called Festbier from Spearfish Brewing Company.
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    32oz crowler purchased at the brewery 9 days ago poured into a pokal glass at fridge temp 7.1% ABV. The beer pours bright light amber with light khaki colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Minimal lacing. The aroma is multilayered malt with a hint of floral hop. The taste is semisweet caramel and toasted malt with persistent moderate bitterness and some floral hop notes popping through on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with average carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall, good maibock.

    Well, 32 ounces of 7.1% is going to do it for me tonight. Cheers all!
     
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  13. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    [​IMG] Poured into a 16 oz Snulip glass canned on 5/05/22. Pours a very hazy and attractive yellow orange with a finger plus sticky white head, that leaves plenty of thin streaks of lace, with excellent retention. 4.5

    Aroma is peach, honeydew, mango, tangerine, and apricot. 4.25

    Taste follows honeydew, tangerine, peach, mango, and apricot. 4.5

    Mouthfeel is big, soft gentle carbonation, not sticky or dry, and at 8% big on flavor, but easy sipping. 4.5

    Overall this is pretty darn tasty, I highly recommend. 4.5
     
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  14. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Aug 17, 2013 California
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    Last new beer for today. Recollection from BKS. This is an apple brandy barrel-aged barleywine at 14% ABV. Obtained from @Harrison8 in a trade a while back!

    Poured at fridge temp. Pours a very dark brown with little head. Tiny bubbles rising throughout. Nose is toffee, brandy, plums, raisins, a slight nuttiness, and almost a smoky note. Really interesting.

    The taste blows this thing up. Huge explosion of brandy, chocolate, toffee, marshmallows, vanilla, plums, figs, tobacco, rich malts, brown sugar, raisins, almonds. So much going on, and the ABV isn't noticeable at all. Incredible.

    The mouthfeel on this is silky smooth and medium bodied. Sweet on the aftertaste, but not too much. Overall, a wonderful barleywine. They know what they are doing!

    4.43/5 rDev -0.9%
    look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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  15. cjgiant

    cjgiant Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Ha, it may be the lighting, but the beer you sent @jonphisher is the first pale beer in this thread I might find to have a brown edge to it, in a ripening banana sorta way. Emphasis heavily on the term might :wink:
     
  16. russpowell

    russpowell May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Deschutes Southern Sister Mixed Culture Sour Ale, 7.5% ABV; 4.21 overall

    Pours a super effervescent treacle/honey color with rapidly disappearing beige head. A little head retention & lacing

    S: Grassy, funky & a little barn yardy, some peach notes too

    T: Grassyness, peaches, pears, much tartness, plus lemons. Super tart peach & lemon as this warms, acidity & leathery notes, plus a little grassyness, plus some white wine barrel. Finishes tart, super oaky dry with lemon, peach & grassyness
    MF: Medium body, delicate carbonation, very sticky on the teeth

    Nose could be better, but otherwise, a superb wild ale, takes a while to drink, nothing simple about this
     
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  17. ichorNet

    ichorNet Mar 16, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Howdy all! I have a few to introduce this weekend... let's start with a doozy.

    This is Burlington Beer Company's Geodesic Snow Globe, a 10.4% barleywine brewed with dark candy sugar and aged in Malbec barrels. Malbec is a dark purple grape, and it is one of the six varietals allowed in a Bordeaux wine blend. It's known for its strong tannins and plum-like, juicy, rich flavor. Sounds like this will be pretty interesting, if nothing else.

    Pours a moderately-clear dark-brown color with a semi-stable head of khaki-colored foam that lingers for a few minutes. No lace here, and legs are nonexistent as well for the most part. This is decent-looking for a modern barleywine-style ale, and I won't disparage its lack of legs/lace due to the aging process from wine barrels... however, I would certainly not be averse to better or consistent appearance-bolstering qualities.

    Nose is primarily toffee-driven, which means the English barleywine character is mostly intact. Some notes of dark fruit like plum and raisin are hinted at fairly strongly as it warms, and the Malbec barrel seems to come across fairly logically as well... dark fruits shown by the wine aged in the barrel are also echoed by the base recipe of the beer. Makes sense to me!

    Flavor is pretty much consistent with what you'd expect... dark fruit with intense toffee/caramel bringing the majority of the mid-palate. Some dark wine-like flavors of red grape skin in the finish, but most sips are fairly similar in profile if this is allowed to reach room temperature (which I do recommend for most, if not all, barleywines). Hints of barrel-relayed tannins and just a slight hint of grape-driven acidity to balance the otherwise-overwhelming sweetness... this is certainly a well-rendered wine barrel barleywine. I had some reservations, to be honest, but I ended up impressed. More tomorrow!
     
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  18. Whyteboar

    Whyteboar Jun 7, 2008 Michigan
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    Received from @beergoot as a gift last night and drank today.
    Poured transparent light straw color, showing active carbonation and a massive nearly white dense head.
    The aroma was mild but did have that biscuit and floral that I really enjoy in a Pils.
    The taste, wow, this is one of the best of a specific genre that I remember drinking. The crackers or biscuits are primary but the yeast and hops squeeze in the say hello, so it’s not a one note beer.
    Feel is excellent, the sole quibble was how long the head lasted as it slowed me down!
    OA, really enjoyed this, thanks Dave!
     
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  19. FBarber

    FBarber Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Goooood evening everyone! It's good to be back and cracking some new beers this evening. I put on Death on the Nile, so I imagine I will have time for a few reviews this evening. First up is Tonewood Brewing - Parkway to Paradise a dry hopped German pilsner. Thank you to @jonphisher for this one!

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    Pours a lightly cloudy bright golden color. Thin, two finger white sudsy head forms on the beer before quickly dissipating leaving just some splotchy white foam and sudsy lacing. Aroma has notes of sweet white bread, straw, cracker malt and some light honey,giving way to an moderately hoppy finish with notes of herbal hops, some light sweet floral notes and just a light spiciness on the back end.

    Taste follows the nose with notes of straw, cracker malts, and some white bread. Light notes of grass, dried straw, floral hops and some mild spiciness follow behind. Its moderately bitter. Feel is light, crisp, easy drinking. Bright carbonation.

    Overall it is a very tasty German pilsner. This definitely has some of the dry hopped characteristics of the Italian pilsner style - and I suspect a more enterprising brewery would have called it an Italian pilsner. Nonetheless, this is delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4 = 4.16 (rDev -0.2%)
     
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  20. snaotheus

    snaotheus Oct 6, 2008 Washington
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    Mirage - Matter and Superposition, an NEIPA.

    16oz can served in a footed pilsner. Dated 05/13/22. Bought it at Full Throttle Bottles earlier today.

    Pours very hazy pale yellow, darkening a little toward amber in the shadows, with a two finger, thick, creamy head that falls down to about a centimeter with thick, heavy lacing. Lots of active carbonation. Smell is awesome. Tons of citrus pith, some tropical juiciness, hop resin and flowers.

    Taste is leaning toward overripe tropical fruit, still has a lot of citrus pith, slow fruit skin and citrus zest bitter finish, strong juicy vibe without being too sweet.

    Mouthfeel is on the light side of thick, airy, satisfying. Overall, very good beer.

    Couple interesting things about this beer:
    (1) Apparently it's an 11th Anniversary beer for Special Brews -- a store I like a lot, since I finally discovered it last year. I think I've visited it like ten times now, but actually only had a beer there the last time. Nice place.
    (2) From the label: "NE style IPA mash-hopped with saaz and whirlpooled with freestyle nelson, phantasm, and frozen gewurztraminer must from Brehm Vineyards, fermented with a thiol-unlocking yeast strain and double dry hopped with freestyle Nelson and Crosby Hops' nelson CGX cryo." Lots going on here.
     
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  21. snaotheus

    snaotheus Oct 6, 2008 Washington
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    So, this was earlier today, Peche Mortel day at Slow Boat Tavern in the Columbia City area of Seattle. @Coronaeus wrote of his own local version of the same event.

    My wife and I dropped our kids off at a birthday party, had this flight, and then went back to pick up the kids. We didn't have a ton of time to sit and savor (or try any of the other things on tap that we wanted to try).
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    From right to left: Bourbon barrel (B), kumquat (K), Tajumulco (T), and dulce de leche (D) versions of Peche Mortel. I was surprised (and so was the staff) that no regular Peche Mortel was available.

    I basically took a comparative approach to this. Writing up from sparse notes scribbled while trying to balance between paying attention to my wife and paying attention to an exciting beer event. Good thing the lady loves me.

    Up front, K stands out in appearance, with a huge, almost out-of-control head. B also has a little bit of a head, but tiny in comparison. T and L are basically identical to each other, with basically no head, just a thin ring around the edges.

    B's aroma is powerful -- coffee, alcohol, chocolate, vanilla. K is way milder, mostly coffee and chocolate. T gives me a very intense coffee aroma, not nearly as much booze as B and lacking the chocolate and vanilla notes. D smells sweet, creamy, caramel-y.

    B's taste is a ton of chocolate, sweet, bourbon and vanilla again. Booziness isn't as powerful in the taste. K gives me a unique note of vague fruity sweetness and citrus zest bitterness, which I assume is related to the kumquat. T is dominated by coffee, but is also sweet, but different than D, which has more of a creamy sweetness and isn't nearly as sweet as the aroma suggested, and finishes with a dark roast bitterness.

    Mouthfeel of B is thick, and the others are all a pretty similar "somewhat thick" texture.

    Overall, I rank bourbon barrel aged (B) as my favorite, with dulce de leche (D) as a close second. Then kumquat (K) and Tajumulco (T). My wife's rankings were B, T, D, K.

    All of them are excellent beers. Kumquat was probably the most interesting.
     
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  22. FBarber

    FBarber Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Next up is Slack Tide Brewing Company - Paddy's Hole an Irish style red ale. Again, thank you to @jonphisher for this one.

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    Pours an amber brown color. Lightly cloudy. Three finger off-white head forms on the beer, lingers for a moment, then dissipates leaving just a thin layer of residual foam on the beer. Aroma has notes of nutty malts, lightly toasted dark bread, and a light fruity note.

    Taste follows the nose with notes of toasted malts, bread, some nutty notes giving way to a very subtle earthy hoppiness. Feel is light, easy drinking. Moderate carbonation.

    Overall its a solid Irish red ale, very accessible, albeit lacking vibrancy.

    look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 =
    3.52 (rDev -9.7%)
     
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  23. jonphisher

    jonphisher Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    It is funny you say this part, I’ve used this exact point as another reason I love them. I wouldn’t say they’re anti marketing, obviously they are a business, but they never creat hype, rarity, fancy style names, etc. just good people making great beer, they have a genuine and organic feel to them.

    That beer to me would 100% fall into that Italian pils window. I had one the day after I had the Italian pils that @Coronaeus sent and they shared a lot in common.

    Anyway glad you enjoyed it, I like it because the hop kick doesn’t inhibit any of its drinkability or cleanliness.
     
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  24. beergoot

    beergoot Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    ... @WesMantooth first mentioned the brewery to me a while back, and I've been to the brewery once...they do an excellent job of making German-styled beers...now @Blogjackets frequently trades me WP for PtE, a fair enough trade with me (even better than trading for Stroh's like I've done a few times)...:stuck_out_tongue:
     
  25. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Jack, I've never tried a clone of Orval but I read your links and now think there's one in my future. I tried brewing with Brett early in my home brewing and wasn't pleased, but time marches on and (hopefully) experience teaches us something. Prosit!
     
  26. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    [​IMG] Poured into a 16 oz Nordic pint glass canned on 5/10/22. Pours a very attractive hazy yellow orange with a finger sticky white head that leaves thin streaks of lace. 4.5

    Aroma passionfruit, mango, a hint blueberry, and apricot. 4.25

    Taste follows passionfruit, mango, a hint of blueberry, and apricot. 4.25

    Mouthfeel is above medium, not sticky or dry, soft gentle carbonation, and at 7.1% pretty big flavor, but easy going down. 4.5

    Overall this a little unique and not a complaint, it stands out as different and tasty. 4.25
     
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  27. ChicagoJ

    ChicagoJ Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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    Welcome one and all to New Beer Sunday #900! Going to pay homage to this great tradition with another weekend beer from Drie Fonteinen. My slight trepidation is the fact this bottle is just short of 2 years old, and never had one this fresh before.

    Drie Fonteinen Hommage

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    Bottle Notes:
    Purchased 3/16/22 from Beer on the Wall for $33.01 w/ tax. 12.7 oz bottled July 1, 2020.6.3% ABV, n72 blend, 2019-2020 season. Imported by Lime Ventures Inc., Concord, California. Best before October 26, 2040.

    3 Fonteinen Hommage is the slow and all-natural maceration of hand-picked whole raspberries and sour cherries on traditional lambik. Unfiltered. Unpasteurized.

    For this Hommage, we blended a kriekenlambik and a frambozenlambik in a forty-sixty proportion and with a final fruit intensity of 529 grams of fruit per litre of Hommage. The weighted average maceration time was five months, and we used both jonge and two-year old lambik from seven barrels and eleven brews, This bottle was left for a year in our warm room before its release.

    Appearance:
    Light pink head dissipates near instantly, medium carbonation, pink violet murky base, no lacing. 4.0

    Aroma:
    Smooth mild in strength raspberries leads, vinegar, light sour cherries. 3.75

    Taste:
    Bolder than the aroma, but restrained overall. Nice sour tart fruit leads, cherries and raspberries share equal billing. Nice funky composition, stays same strength throughout. 4.25

    Mouthfeel:
    Light, medium tartness, slightly funky, dry. Fruit balanced, nice smooth blend. Faint carbonation, very refreshing and easy drinking. The tart/funky aspects are far more felt than the fruit flavors. 4.25

    Overall:
    Nice subtle mellow offering. Not sure if the relatively young age or just the specific blend played a role in either aspect. Enjoying this beer. It is nice for a one time splurge, and might consider trying again in Europe, but not a value here with other offerings I enjoy more, including from Drie Fonteinen. 4.0

    Thought I would have liked this more coming in than the Kriek from yesterday, but you never can tell until you try it. Still prefer their standard Geuze over the two fruit ones from this weekend, and liked the Kriek over the Hommage, but it's always nice to take the plunge and broaden my beer range.

    Cheers!

    Musical Selection: Emmylou Harris - C'est la vie
     
  28. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Best of luck with homebrewing your version of Orval.

    Cheers!
     
  29. Mdog

    Mdog Jan 7, 2004 Minnesota
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    New Holland Dragon's Milk White
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    Appearance: Hazy gold, thin head.

    Smell: Very slight, finally picked up some vanilla pudding.

    Taste: Vanilla and almond flavor, red cherry flavor. Kind of strange, almost tastes like a cocktail but with more body, since it's a beer.

    Overall: I thought this was going to be something like DKML from Founders since I knew nothing about it. Then after closer examination of the can, it's only 6% or so. One of the more uniquely flavored beers in that it was so almond and cherry-like that it didn't really taste much like beer. It wasn't bad, and I might actually get another can or two for a curveball every once in a while.
     
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  30. Roguer

    Roguer Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    Happy Sunday morning, Weekenders!

    My partner and I picked up some amazing breakfast food from a recently opened Sicilian cafe. I had originally planned on making a Bloody Mary, but right next to the cafe was a package store I'd never known about, so I had to do my due diligence and check it out.

    Oh lordy.

    So, now I'm broke ...

    ... and I've shifted gears away from the Bloody Mary. :wink:

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    I didn't think we got the rarer/reserve Bourbon County variants around here last year, but they not only had a stock of regular '21, they had two variants, the double barrel pictured above, and the Elijah Craig Reserve.

    I bought everything. Everything.

    Anyway, back to this brunch beer.

    If you've had BCBS one hundred times, you know what it is. This aroma brings me back to the very first time, taking something familiar and making it brand new and special once more.

    The tasting notes are a huge melange of decadence and complexity. This is masterful: no additives, just beer and barrels. In no particular order, I get oak, vanilla, coconut, sweet mash, chocolate, molasses, toffee, caramel, prune, cherry, almond, pecan. As with OG BCBS, chocolate is prominent, but the added complexity from the barrels is noticeable.

    A touch thinner than regular BCBS, but still thick and dangerously drinkable. There's almost no hint of the 16% ABV until the back third, which brings some heat and an effervescent finish.

    This is awesome, hands down. Worth the price? Ehh, for the experience, definitely, but go with OG BCBS for a more affordable alternative. This isn't so much better as to justify the price difference, and in some areas (appearance, mouthfeel) I'd say it's a step backwards. The flavor profile, however, absolutely delivers.

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    4.60 / +1.8%

    I bumped up both the aroma and flavor from my initial rating.

    Cheers!
     
  31. rgordon

    rgordon Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Around 2002 as a distributor we were able to garner about 20 cases of Peche Mortel, only one flavor and bottling. Allocating those 20 cases to retailers across North Carolina was a delicate dance. I always wanted to take care of long time supporting customers, but also wanted to lure newer retailers to do business. No one was ever really happy with what i allocated, but it was fairly done. I cannot imagine splitting up all of these flavors and sending them statewide. I would probably have to sell them by the bottle- like wine- and spread them thinly so that the retailers would feel the exact same pressures.
     
  32. snaotheus

    snaotheus Oct 6, 2008 Washington
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    These were on tap...and I think only 12 places in the US got them.

    I know the bourbon barrel version got bottled, because @Coronaeus sent me one a while ago, but I don't know if any of the other variants did.
     
  33. rgordon

    rgordon Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Ah. Still, picking who gets the kegs is very "political'. I do love Peche Mortel!
     
  34. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Apr 21, 2014 Canada (ON)
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    I’m certainly no expert, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen bottled BA Peché or any of the variants sold outside of Québec. We may have had the BA version in bottles in Ontario years ago, but I don’t remember. In Québec the BA is sold in 341ml 4-packs. The annual variants are also sold with a BA bottle in a mixed 341ml 4-pack.

    Kegs travel all over for Peché Day celebrations. Two spots in Toronto had it this year, Birreria Volo, one of the best local beer bars and Godspeed Brewery, the owner and brewer of which is Bim Lafontaine, the original brewer at DDC who made the first batches of Peché Mortel.

    Here is a picture of the list of spots that had it yesterday (and likely still have some today):

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    BA Peché 4-packs aren’t too difficult to find. They release some periodically in their cellar sales. The Peché Day 4-packs are a little harder to get. My usual source was only able to grab one for me this year, but I did ask a few weeks after the release.
     
  35. rgordon

    rgordon Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    That's great. Thanks for the very clear picture. Very nice events!
     
  36. jkblr

    jkblr Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    Good afternoon NBW
    I have another beer gifted to me by my boss. Chanter Scottish Export Ale by Marto Brewing Company Sioux City, Iowa. Just having a reason to dig out my thistle glass is cause for celebration.
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    16oz stamped CANNED ON 03/14/22 poured into a thistle glass at fridge temp 6% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright light brown with chestnut highlights and khaki colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. The aroma is mild with toffee and notes of sweet bread and nuts. The taste is semisweet toffee, caramel, nutty malt with just a hint of earthy mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a semi dry finish. Never overly sweet, and really well balanced. Overall, very good to excellent Scottish Ale.

    I'm probably done with new beers for the weekend. My youngest graduates high school at 4pm today, so plenty of activity around here. Cheers all and enjoy your Sunday!
     
  37. Roy_Hobbs

    Roy_Hobbs Jan 21, 2017 Connecticut
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    Back home after spending the last few days in Philly. I received an excellent box of beer from @Coronaeus earlier this week, and hope to be able to enjoy a couple new beers from said box today. First up is Devil's Trill XXIX: Trilling in the Name
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    Appearance is a cloudy orange / yellow with loads of dense off-white colored head. Outstanding retention and good lacing. Overall and attractive beer. Aroma is relatively standard fare. Tropical hops with some piney notes. Taste follows the nose. There is a pleasant enough light bitterness up front, complemented by mango and faint grapefruit. Medium bodied with a fairly clean finish. .

    Overall an enjoyable DIPA. Thanks, Peter!
     
  38. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    [​IMG] Poured into an 8 oz straight glass with a half finger sticky white head that leaves thin streaks of lace with solid retention, a nice hazy yellow orange. 4.5

    Aroma is tangerine, cantaloupe, papaya, apricot, and pink grapefruit rind. 4.5

    Taste follows tangerine, papaya, cantaloupe, apricot, and a little bit grapefruit bitterness. 4.5

    Mouthfeel is above medium, soft gentle carbonation, not sticky or dry, and at 8% ABV big flavor and easy going down. 4.5

    Overall another excellent brew from for me, NH finest all around brewers. 4.5
     
  39. Roguer

    Roguer Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
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    Finally a new IPA today (and another immediately on deck): Other Half's DDH Southern Hopalistic.

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    This is really good, but it's below OH's best by a long shot. Further, it's surprisingly light and watery given the near-imperial strength (7.4% ABV). Leans tropical at first, but more citric, pungent, and dirty as it warms - not unpleasantly, mind.

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/33510/274343/?ba=Roguer#lists
    4.08 / -1.9%
     
  40. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Apr 21, 2014 Canada (ON)
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    Sonnen Hill x Volo Altro American Pils.

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    Pours a very light straw with moderate head that dissipates slowly leaving light lacing as the beer is consumed.

    Biscuit, light floral hop notes. Fresh and inviting.

    Taste follows. Very mild. Soda cracker with floral and grassy notes. Light.

    This is lighter bodied and appropriate to what one would expect from the style.

    Nice, easy drinking Pils that I’d gladly drink again.
     
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