Archive for the ‘The Brewer’s Art’ Category

Val is stuck on the couch since she has a really bad cold. It’s been awhile since she’s been this sick. We’ve decided that we’re not leaving the house today so she can relax and rest up and get better. The cats are asleep on the couch and we’re binging on Netflix. It sounds like a successful day to me. Let’s get to the beer. This was one of the highlights of our Maryland trip a few years ago.

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ABV: 5%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The boys of summer are back home in Baltimore, and we thought we’d get you ready with this nice pale ale. 5% abv.”

Random: They make a mean cheeseplate at The Brewer’s Art and the quince paste was exceptional.

The beer poured with a finger of thick, white head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, amber color with moderate carbonation. The nose had a decent amount of sweetness and Belgian yeast. It had peach and some grassy hops as well. The taste started with grass and Pilsner malt. There wasn’t a lot of sweetness and there was only a slight lemon presence and yeast as well. The body was medium thickness with just enough carbonation. The finish took awhile and was earthy. A can of this was $1.67, which came to $.14 per ounce. This wasn’t bad and I enjoyed drinking it. If you find a can, give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

One of the worst things about traveling so much is that I tend to work more since I don’t have anyone to come home to. As a result, I’m quite a bit backlogged. One of the other things that I’m not a big fan of is eating at chain restaurants all the time. I kept trying to find a place in Ohio with decent Italian food and I couldn’t find anything in the suburb I was in. Now that I’m home, I’ve got all the Italian food I want.

resurrection

ABV: 7%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The seven percent solution. A delightfully full-bodied yet easy to drink abbey brown ale that has become our flagship brand, thanks to Baltimore’s loyalty.”

Random: I also miss having a washer and dryer when I travel. I love doing laundry.

The beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, mahogany color. I didn’t see much carbonation in it. The nose was sweet with dates and prunes and other dark fruit. It also had some brown sugar sweetness. The taste was equally sweet and malty. I picked up raisins, dates, and caramel sweetness complemented by Belgian candi sugar. There was some alcohol to this beer and it drank like more than the 7% ABV. The body was thick and almost syrupy with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish. This was a solid beer that would make for a great sipper in the winter. But, the price of the beer was $2.75, which is $.23 an ounce, which is on the pricier side. If you haven’t tried it and you like Dubbels, you won’t go wrong with this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Today’s selection is another beer that Val brought me during one of her trips from DC. On our first vacation to DC and Maryland, we went to The Brewer’s Art for dinner one night and walked back to the hotel. It had just snowed and was absolutely freezing. In retrospect, we should have taken a cab, but hey, I’m stubborn. I remember being impressed by their beers and really liking their cheese plate.

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ABV: 4.4%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: The only thing that I found about this beer was that it was now available in cans.

Random: I love the can art for this beer.

This beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had toasted grain with yeast and some golden raisins. It was very bright with some coriander for spice. Based on the nose and the ABV, I expected this to be a really light beer. But, I was wrong. It started with yeast and quickly went into an orange hard candy note. The next flavors that came through were wildflower honey and coriander. Golden raisins were present in the flavor, but not as strong as the nose. It had a heavy body for the style with high carbonation. The finish was quick with yeast and coriander. A can of this was $1.62 ($.14 per ounce). I enjoyed this beer and had no problem drinking it. I just wish the body was a touch lighter.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This was the last beer that I had at The Brewer’s Art. I was really excited about this beer because I was really craving a big Belgian style beer and because I love anything with green peppercorns. This beer is considered one of their seasonals, so I was glad it was on tap to try. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 9.2%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A belgian style tripel spiced with green peppercorns. A blonde ale with a hint of spice and smooth finish.”

Random: Stillwater also did a take on this beer called “Green Peppercorn Single,” which I wasn’t able to try.

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear golden orange color with lighter than expected carbonation visible. The nose definitely had a lot of peppercorns in it. Along with it came lots of golden fruit and pear. At first sniff, my guess was that the pepper would have been a bit too much. Luckily, the taste was much more fruit dominant than pepper. I got notes of golden fruit and pear up front. Then I also got some coriander and finally Belgian yeast. The booze was not even a factor on this beer and made it very dangerous. The body was on the thicker side of tripel with more carbonation than I would have expected, which made this one go down very easily. The finish was quick with peppercorns. This was, without a doubt, the best beer of the night and one that I would seek out. If you can find it, definitely try this one, especially with some cheese.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

While at The Brewer’s Art, the other half ordered this brew and was nice enough to let me review it. I should mention that while we were there, we went with the intention of having a full dinner, but instead had a bunch of appetizers, which included an amazing cheese plate. If you find your way there, I highly recommend it, especially since cheese pairs so well with beer.

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ABV: 7.8%

Style: Biere de Garde

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “It has a deep golden color and a full, malty body with an earthy hop character and a slight yeast spiciness.”

Random: The one thing that I wasn’t a huge fan of was how loud the restaurant was. You could barely hear someone speak across the table.

The beer poured with a touch of white head that retained a bit of a crown throughout. It was slow to dissipate, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy chestnut color with light carbonation visible. The nose had a bit of maple with a decent amount of malt. Some nuttiness came through as well, which was a bit odd for the style. The taste was very yeast forward and came through with some caramel malt and hazelnuts as well. I got a touch of raisin too. The booze was really well hidden. The body was medium to heavy thickness, but had very high carbonation. It had a quick finish with raisin. Everything about this beer was odd for the style, which made it really unique, but not a beer that I would rush to have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

While I was on vacation, we made a stop for dinner at The Brewer’s Art. Neither of us had been before, but according to lots of different websites, this place was not to be missed while in Baltimore. On our way there, the other half got quite angry as we got overcharged by the taxi since we were tourists. Guess who decided to take a picture of the license plate and the taxi so they could be reported? Yep, the native New Yorker other half (who unlike me, lived in the state after age 5). Anyways, back to the brew…

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ABV: 7.25%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our answer to the Belgian “devil” beers (i.e. Lucifer, Duvel, etc.). Both rich and dry, this beer is all too easy to consume in large quantities. Hopped with Styrian Goldings.”

Random: I really liked the glass that this beer came in…so I bought one to bring home.

This brew poured with absolutely no head on top of a clear, straw yellow body. There was light carbonation visible throughout the body. Since there was no head, there was no real lacing left of the glass. The nose presented with lots of golden fruit. Specifically, golden raisins stood out. I also got some green apple and yeast flavor to it as well. The taste was just like the nose, except with a tinge more sweetness. Golden raisins also stood out on the taste. The body was medium thickness. My biggest complaint with the beer, although minor, is that it was a touch under carbonated. The finish was long with a lot of golden fruit sweetness. Although it could have used a touch more carbonation, I really enjoyed this beer. I would definitely have it again, and luckily, they’ve just started distributing to Southern New Jersey.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0