Vault Sweet Potato Ale

I always like seeing different takes on Fall beers. This one uses sweet potatoes, which I absolutely love to eat. I had this one on draft, but from what I understand, it’s also available in cans. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Cinnamon aroma and flavor are predominant with nutmeg in the background. The sweet potatoes impart rich, caramelized sugar sweetness. Smooth and creamy like sweet potato pie.”

Random: Every year, the number of pumpkin beers that I have dwindles because I hate buying them in August and when Fall finally comes, they’re all sold out.

This beer had a thick, one finger, white head that took forever to dissipate, which wasn’t surprising since this beer was on nitro. It left lots of lacing on the glass as well. The body was an almost-clear orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with Fall spices. Specifically, I picked up cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. The taste was almost exactly the same as the nose. It had a lot of spice. The cinnamon and nutmeg stood out, but there was allspice as well. Then, vanilla came through with sweet potato and ended with honey sweetness. It had a thin, smooth body with light carbonation. The finish was sweet with cinnamon. I loved this beer. I had tried it once before in a sampler, but having a whole glass was so much more enjoyable. This is a nice alternative to all of the pumpkin beers that are out there. If you’re at Vault, make sure you try this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Vault Trial And Error #136 – Carolina Reaper Porter

One Tuesday, Val and I went to Vault for dinner. I had no idea that they had an experimental series every Tuesday that was so nicely priced ($3 a glass!). I think I’ll be making many more trips to Vault on Tuesdays.

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ABV: 5%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Come into Vault any Tuesday and you’ll find a new beer on tap as part of our experimental Trial & Error Series! The idea here is that we make a small amount (5-15 gal) of a special beer designed to test one or more specific ingredients. We typically do these types of experiments in the brewery, but once a week, we give you the chance to peek behind the curtain and give us your insight into the beer related decisions we make here every day. We’ll be experimenting with new styles, hops, yeast strains, adjuncts, etc. Try a glass for only $3 and fill out the attached card to let us know what you think.”

Random: After some research, I found out that this is now the hottest pepper in the world and was originally bred in South Carolina. I guess that’s why they only used one in the keg.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation. The nose had roasted malts, cocoa and dark chocolate. It didn’t have any hint that a chili pepper was in there. The taste started with roasted malts, cocoa, and a touch of smoke. Right at the end of the sip, the chili pepper came out and hit me in the back of the throat. At first, it was intense spice that was unexpected, especially since I had never heard of a reaper pepper. But, after it warmed, the spice became really pleasant and the flavors mixed well together. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with spice from the chili pepper and smoke. I really enjoyed this beer and I would love to see it at Vault again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Vault Sumatra Coffee Stout

This was the last beer that we had at Vault. Since we had the New Jersey Craft Beer card, we got a free order of smores. Although they were messy, I would recommend the peanut butter and dark chocolate ones. This was the beer that I got to pair with it.

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ABV: 5%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Coffees from Sumatra are known for smooth, sweet body that is balanced and intense. Depending on the region, or blend of regions, the flavors of the land and processing can be very pronounced. Notes of cocoa, tobacco, smoke, earth and cedar wood can show well in the cup. Occasionally, Sumatran coffees can show greater acidity, which balances the body. This acidity takes on tropical fruit notes and sometimes an impression of grapefruit or lime.”

Random: I have to go back to work tomorrow. I’m almost looking forward to it since I worked so much from home.

I ordered this beer because I wanted a beer to pair with dessert and this was their offering on nitro. It poured with a three finger, thick tan head that dissipated very slowly. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown in color, but I could not see any carbonation due to the dark color. The nose was all coffee, like sticking your nose in a coffee pot. There was some smoke as well. The taste was filled with roasted malts and strong drip coffee. There wasn’t any chocolate, but just intense dark coffee. Smoke came through at the end. It had a very thin body with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with coffee. This beer was only alright and I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Vault Dunkelweizen

There were only a few beers on their list that I thought the other half had a shot of liking. This happened to be one of them. After a few sips, she didn’t really like it. But, she let me take a few sips of it for review purposes. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 4.6%

Style: Dunkelweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Vault Brewing Company is like no brewery or brewpub you’ve ever experienced. We are located in the quaint town of Yardley in Bucks County, Pennsylvania but provide an atmosphere more akin to the speakeasies of Philadelphia. We do not consider ourselves a bar, a pub, or even a traditional brewery. Our goal is to re-envision the concept of a brewpub and create an experience that is truly unique.”

Random: The other half ordered the pork belly bahn mi that she wasn’t a huge fan of.

This beer poured with a thick, one finger tan head that was slow to dissipate. It left some lacing on the weizen glass. The body was a cloudy, dark brown color. I couldn’t see any carbonation in the beer since the brewery was so dark. I assume there was some there. The nose was very…different for the style. I picked up dark fruit and cherries and light banana. The taste was equally peculiar. There was an odd tartness at first, then raisin. Yeast came through, but I got almost no banana and no spice. It had an overly thin body with light carbonation. The finish was long with dark fruit. This wasn’t an enjoyable beer for me at all and I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Vault Belgian Blonde

After another night of looking at houses earlier this week, the other half and I headed to Vault Brewing in Yardley, PA, which is right over the border where we’re looking at houses. The brewery is relatively new and we had been there once before. Last time we were there, I got a sampler and didn’t review any of the beers, so this time, I wanted to make sure that I got one to review. Let’s see how this beer fared.

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ABV: 6.1%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A clean, crisp, and belgian-y blonde ale with notes of cloves, orange peel, sweet malt, and spicy yeast esters. Finishes soft with a lingering citrus sensation.”

Random: As you can see from the picture, this place is really dark and getting decent pictures of beers is a challenge. This was taken by putting the candle on the table directly behind the beer.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head. It was slow to dissipate and had a cloudy, orange body with moderate visible carbonation, despite how dark the brewery was. Some lacing was left on the glass. The nose had notes of orange, Belgian yeast and apricot. The taste had even more depth with very fruity notes of orange, orange rind and apricot with light clove spice. Yeast was present as well and gave the beer a bready flavor. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and fruity. I enjoyed this beer and it paired really well with the crab cake sliders that I ordered. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0