Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock

God, I’m seriously backlogged on typing up my reviews. I’ve still been reviewing beer, but I’ve totally fallen behind in typing up the reviews. So, I had this beer on Monday, I think? It’s another style that I’ve never had before and one I’m actually excited to try.

ABV: 12%

Style: Eisbock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Stronger than strong. Powerful aromas and an intense flavor. Mahogany, nearly black Eisbock. The aroma reminds of ripe plums with a hint of bitter almonds and marzipan displaying strong characteristics of banana and clove. It is full and warming on your palate. The ideal digestive after a great dish. Goes great with crepes suzette, profiteroles with a dark chocolate sauce, tiramisu and mature Parmesan.”

Random: I haven’t been trying a lot of German beers. I have to get on that.

This brew poured with an off white head that dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with figs, prunes, raisins and booze. It was almost reminiscent of a brandy. The taste was very heavy on the raising with a definite candy sugar sweetness. This was a sipping beer, no doubt. The body was heavy with moderate carbonation. The body was almost syrupy. The booze was also heavy and prominent on the finish and coupled with raisins, but not as overwhelming as the 12% ABV would have made me assume. This was a really heavy beer, but I really enjoyed it. I could see this one going well with a cigar. I would definitely have this again. I would see this more as a winter beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

O’Doul’s

So, I bought a bunch of beers of styles that I’ve never tried. This would be the first of them. And yes, I bought a low alcohol beer. I don’t know why. I blame the blog. I know that this is a bad idea. There’s a reason why there’s alcohol in beer. I don’t have high hopes for the brew, but let’s see how it goes anyways…

ABV: .50%

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Low-alcohol beer (also called non-alcoholic or NA beer, small beer, small ale, or near-beer) is beer with very low or no alcohol content. Most low-alcohol beers are lagers, but there are some low-alcohol ales. In the United States, beverages containing less than 0.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) were legally called non-alcoholic, according to the now-defunct Volstead Act. Because of its very low alcohol content, non-alcoholic beer may be legally sold to minors in many American states.”

Random: The things that I do for this blog.

This poured with a barely there white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with moderate visible carbonation. It pretty much looked like a macro to me. The nose was absolutely awful. I got some skunk mixed with some grain. It actually smelled worse than a macro. The taste was equally awful. It started with a disgusting artificial sweetness mixed with pronounced skunky flavor. This was probably one of the worst beers I’ve ever reviewed. The body was a medium thickness with heavy carbonation. The finish was long as hell with grass and the same disgusting sweetness. This was a definite drainpour. Even my sister said, “Oh god. Just drain pour it!” I will never have this again. Ugh.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0

Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA

Yesterday was a relatively busy day. My sister and I hit up Home Depot in the rain and bought some stone. And yes, I totally unloaded the stone from the car in the pouring rain. I was quite a sight. So, onto the brew.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Deviant Dale’s IPA (8% ABV, 85 IBUs) was born at the crossroads, in a juke joint, as if Dale’s Pale Ale sold its soul to balance Deviant’s foreboding aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins with a copper ball-of-fire color and inscrutable finish. The 2011 GABF Silver Medal Winner (American IPA Category) is the Devil incarnate with untold amounts of malt and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping. Oskar Blues’ southern spirit caught a northbound blues bus to ColoRADo to deliver the boundary bustin’ brewery’s first 16 oz. tallboy can.”

Random: I love tallboy cans. I especially love Double IPAs in tallboys.

This brew poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated very slowly and left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a clear mahogany color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose was all pine. I could tell this was going to be serious…well, when you’re giving me a brew that is 100+ IBU, it can’t be anything but serious. The taste was a hop head’s dream. It had lots of pine followed by some sweet caramel malt. I was a little surprised that grapefruit didn’t make an appearance. The body was towards the thicker and heavier side with moderate carbonation. The booze could have been slightly better hidden, but made an appearance on the long finish that was teaming with malt and pine. This was a really enjoyable beer. It was hop forward, but balanced. I would definitely have this again, although the booze could have been more hidden. A hop head’s dream.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel

This was the second brew of Sunday night. I managed to brew two beers over the weekend and they’re both happily fermenting in the laundry room. This is a brew that I’ve been excited to try. It gets great write ups and I haven’t tried as many beers from this brewery as I would’ve liked. Let’s see how this goes.

ABV: 8.1%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a lazy summer evening.”

Random: I really like the labels from The Bruery. They’re simple, but pleasing to the eye.

I still love this glass. Anyways, this poured with a two finger, thick, white head that topped a clear, yellow-orange body. There was also a large amount of visible carbonation. The nose was absolutely beautiful…crisp and clean with orange, lemon, Thai basil and Belgian yeast. The taste was just as fantastic with lemon and honey sweetness, followed up with Belgian yeast and the Thai basil that was apparent in the nose. I really didn’t get any of the rice that was advertised on the label. The body was on the lighter side of a tripel with prickly carbonation. I could totally see why this would be a summer seasonal. The body was really well hidden. The finish was quick with lemon. I was really impressed with this beer. It had a lot of flavors that worked in concert with each other, while maintaining a lighter body and being incredibly crisp. Get this one immediately!

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Uncommon Siamese Twin Ale

It’s a pretty relaxing Saturday night. I’m watching the Phillies game on tv and brewing beer as well. The beer that I’m brewing is the first IPA that I’ve ever brewed. If you regularly read my blog, you know that I’m a bit of a hop head, so I’m pretty excited about this. I’m calling it “I’m Not Bitter.” One of the guys that I work with comes up with some really good names for my brews, and this was one of them. So, this is a beer that I think is a newer arrival to New Jersey. Let’s see how this goes.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “There’s a long tradition in Belgian brewing of using exotic spices to enhance a beer’s flavor. Although many have been tried, coriander is undoubtedly the king. In tribute to this heritage we present to you our Siamese Twin Ale. It is a traditional Belgian-style Double seasoned with coriander and entirely uncommon Thai spices. At first surprising, the floral notes of lemongrass and sharper bite of kaffir lime blend with the deep malt of this double to produce a dangerously drinkable beer. Served alongside a fiery curry or enjoyed on its own, the Twin brings a taste of the tropics to every occasion. And who doesn’t need a taste of the tropics every now and then?”

Random: Why is Halladay having so much trouble tonight? And Cliff Lee goes to the DL…ugh.

I really love any reason to use this glass. It looks totally bad ass. Anyways, the brew poured into it with almost no head. What was there was white, but it dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep mahogany with almost no visible carbonation. The nose was pretty complex with notes of nuts, figs, dates, toffee and Belgian yeast. The taste was also “interesting.” The first part I expected, toffee, fig, dates, sweetness, Belgian yeast. But, the second part of the sip the one with the Keffir limes and lemongrass…just didn’t work for me. It gave me this odd flavor that didn’t work in a Belgian. The body was thick with low carbonation. The alcohol was relatively hidden, although even if it wasn’t, the funky flavors would have hidden it anyway. The finish was short with the flavors of the last part of the sip. I didn’t like this one at all. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Green Flash Palate Wrecker

I love weekends when the weather is like this. I got a bunch of home improvement projects done today and spent most of the day outside. The meow even came outside to hang out on his leash. He really loves the outside. He just sits there and chews on the grass and looks at the birds. It’s quite cute, although I bet my neighbors think it’s incredibly odd. So, onto a brew that just made its way to New Jersey, and from a brewery that I really like.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Palate Wrecker was originally brewed for the Hamilton’s Tavern 2nd Anniversary celebration. It’s the most complicated West Coast–inspired IPA we have ever brewed—mashing and sparging with hopped wort, in addition to our hop layering regimen for IPA. By popular demand, it is now released for the world to enjoy.”

Random: I love putting together stuff from Pottery Barn. The directions are great and all the holes are predrilled perfectly. It doesn’t take much to make me happy.

This beer looked beautiful on the pour. It poured with a thick, slightly off white head that was about three fingers high in my Flying Fish tulip glass. The head dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body of the brew was a clear, amber color with little carbonation. The nose was just as amazing as the pour. It was filled with fresh grapefruit, pine and a bit of booze…definitely a hop head’s dream. The taste had many of the same flavors I found in the nose. It was filled with grapefruit, but pine was a bit more apparent on the taste as opposed to the nose. Despite the intense bitterness from the 100+ IBUs, there was a malt sweetness that balanced it out. The 9.5% alcohol really didn’t make much of an appearance which could be dangerous. The body was towards the heavier side and came with low carbonation. The finish was long and hoppy. This was just a great beer. I enjoyed every second of it. I would definitely have this one again. Search this one out immediately!

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Stella Artois

So, Katie and I ended up at Country Night. I pretty much watched the Yankees game while listening to music. As usual for this place, every craft beer I went to order off the menu they didn’t have. So, I gave up. It had a decent selection of macros and imports, so I figured I would just order some of them to review since I haven’t yet. This is a brew that I’ve had out of the bottle a few times and wasn’t exactly thrilled with. This time, I’m trying it on draft to review it.

ABV: 5.00%

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Tax records exist from 1366 for Leuven’s Den Horen Brewery. In 1708, Sebastianus Artois became the master brewer at Den Horen, and gave his name to the brewery in 1717. In 1926, Stella Artois was launched initially as a seasonal beer especially for the Christmas holiday market. First sold in Canada, it was such a commercial success it became available year round and, apart from the duration of the Second World War, has been produced ever since. The first Stella Artois beer was exported to the European market in 1930. By 1960, 100 million litres of Stella Artois were being produced annually. InBev opened a new fully automated brewery in Leuven in 1993, and by 2006, total production volume was over a billion litres annually.”

Random: I wish it was served in the actual “Stella” glass. That’s the best part of it.

This brew poured with a head that had a fluffy egg white consistency and a pure white color that was about one finger high. It didn’t leave a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with little carbonation. The nose was a bit boring with a bit of skunk and metal. The taste was more mild than I expected. The skunkiness wasn’t all that pronounced and I got more grain than anything. I got some honey sweetness as well. The body was medium, with more than expected carbonation and a sweet, quick finish. It was much better on draft than I remember out of the bottle. I would have it again if there were no other options. But, as a whole, only a mediocre brew.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0