Monday, January 31, 2011

Nogne O Pale Ale

Type: Pale Ale
Origin: Grimstad, Norway
Price: $7.95 for 500 ml
Website

After a great day of drinking some stouts and double ipas I managed to sober up enough to meet up with some friends at Tornados, located conveniently 4 or so blocks from my house. I guess you can already tell that this beer is good with the thumbs up from Andy on the left, g1 Andy. I first tasted beer from this brewery at the Del Mar beer festival and found myself going back to their station again and again for more. The Pale Ale is 6% abv and is smooth and delicious with a low amount of hops and a slight malty taste. It's definitely one of the best if not best Pale Ale I have ever had, especially because the owner was practically giving these away at $6 for 2.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

St. Sebastiaan Dark


Type: Dark belgian ale
Origin: Meer, Belgium
Price: $7.49 per 16 oz
Website

Coolest fucking bottle ever. That is really why I bought this. Its sold with a bottlecap and there is a resealable top to it. And its ceramic. And the beer is pretty damn good too. On the pour this looks like a coke. There is no malting in this beer which is surprising for a dark beer. The closest thing to this is a marzen or a doppelbock. There is a good amount of wheat action happening here, but then there is a nice dark berry syrupy thing taking place. This would be a fantastic beer to drink outside in the fall watching the world drift by.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Bruery Rugbrod


Type: dark ale
Origin: Placentia, California
Price: $8.99 per 750 mL
Website

I was a little indifferent towards my last beer from The Bruery. This is brewed as a traditional Danish-style rye ale, and I don't have very much experience with this type of beer. The last one I had was from Norrebro at the San Diego Beer Festival which I remember as being fantastic. And this one is pretty damn good. The rye gives this kind of a porterish flavor, but it is much more refreshing and sweet than a porter with a bit of spiciness. The smell on this is pretty bready, and it makes more sense because rugbrod is a type of danish rye bread. This beer actually made me look at tickets to Copenhagen, so +1 for the inspiration

Monday, January 24, 2011

Piraat Ale


Type: belgian ale
Origin: Ertvelde, Belgium
Price: $17.99 per variety 6 pack
Website

This beer has quite a difficult flavor to pin down. Beer advocate says that this is a Belgian IPA, but I call bullshit on that. I really get no hops popping through on this, just a wee bit of spiciness. The smell is completely dominated by alcohol, with a hint of wheat in the background. This is a 10.5% beer by the way. The flavor reminds me too much of malt liquor. Don't get me wrong, this is way better than a 40 of OE, but it is not very dynamic and too flavorless. Really, the alcohol is dominating too much. At least give me an overly sweetened wheat flavor to make this somewhat enjoyable. This is the first one from Van Steenberge that I have been disappointed with, probably the first from Belgium that I thought was shit. By the way, everyone on Beer Advocate loves to suck the proverbial dick of this beer. It received an A-. Such assholes. C- at best.

Update: This gets much worse towards the end. Its burning my throat, and starting to taste like hobo.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sons of Atlas Brewery: Honey-Orange Ale, Pale Ale, IPA

A chill-to-the-bone afternoon on a patio in Crest, CA (there's no reason you should know where this is, unless you're from East San Diego County), Brats, Sambo, and I are at a birthday/beer-tasting. We assume: (a) there will be five people there that like beer, and (b) the beer will suck. I've learned something over the years: set your expectations low, or neutral, and be pleasantly surprised; otherwise, who gives a shit, right?

Surprise! Well, it seemed like (a) was true (us three and the two Sons' brewers), but (b) was completely wrong. Danny and Brian, from the Sons of Atlas Brewery (Chula Vista, CA), have a shit-ton of potential, even in Hopland, San Diego. Here are my thoughts (I think they safely echo Sambo and Brats as well):

1) Honey-Orange Ale: You taste three things, predominately: Honey, then orange, then ale. We unanimously enjoyed this, but it's likely too simple for our tastes. I could see my mom drinking this (and enjoying it). Note, this was the only beer left after we drank every drop of:

2) Pale Ale: incredibly flavorful, smooth finish, good hop character, and (as we all found astounding) 7.4%. OK, I'll give you guys the benefit of the doubt, but double check those readings. If it's true I've not tasted a smoother, more delicious strong pale ale (that doesn't taste strong).

3) IPA: even by SD standards, this is really nice. Besides the bitterness hop-magic, you get a nice citrus twinkle (see, I could write for Beer Advocate); it's understated, but that might be the key to its success.

Summary: impressive first showing, and looking forward to more. Here's their FB. Give 'em a like.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Avery Kaiser

type: Imperial lager
origin: Boulder, CO
price: ??/22oz

The third Colorado-based beer of the brisket night (1 & 2). As the picture shows, we're getting deeper in the afternoon, and the light is fading. Anything tastes good now, probably even a Craftsman, but the Kaiser maintains his supreme dominance. The color is a nice auburn Märzen-style tint (they do call it an Oktoberfest lager) but is a little sweeter than expected (9.2% at 24 I-B-fucking-U, Christ); still, very much a flavorful, malty brew, slightly dry at the end. Rotate the bottle pi/2 radians and you see "malt liquor" proudly displayed; we're thinking that's because it's a lager over X% abv (I don't know what X is). Although I give this the A-OK, I'm not sure I could drink 6 units of it in München and still make it back alive, or happy to be drinking beer still.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout


Type: Stout
Origin: Cloverdale, California
Price: $4.59 per 22 oz
Website

Bear Republic is generally known for their IPAs, but I was generally surprised by their stout. It is a fairly sweet stout with caramel coffee tastes and an almost buttery texture. It is really not bad even though I'm not a huge stout fan.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Bruery Three French Hens


Type: ale
Origin: Placentia, California
Price: $7.50 per half pint
Website

I went home to Chicago over Christmas break and stopped at a pretty decent beer bar on the north side one afternoon. It was cold out, so I needed a nice strong ale to warm up. The Three French Hens is part of the 12 days of Christmas seasonal beers (I thought I would never drink a winter seasonal ever again). Its 10% ABV and 25% of it is aged in oak (thats what the website says). It has a dark red color and tastewise reminds me of a red ale mixed with a porter. There is almost no bitterness to speak of, and I left a little disappointed. If this was $4, I would have been a bit happier, but it is nowhere near the quality I would expect. I'm a bit fearful now because I have another beer from The Bruery in my fridge and I hope I didn't waste $8 on it.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Obolon Magnat Ale


Type: pilsner
Origin: Kiev, Ukraine
Price: $2.29 per 0.5L
Website

I think this is the first product I've ever purchased from Ukraine, and its definitely not a total disappointment. I was definitely surprised to find that this was not skunked, and thats worth 10 points for an Eastern European beer shipped to the US. The color is pretty light yellow and the taste is of a nice pilsner. Hops are pretty non-existent, another surprise given the lack of skunkiness. And it goes nicely with my cajun black beans and rice and grilled tuna tonight. Pow pow.

By the way, I just read the BevMo! website about this beer and they say only serve it when it is cold enough till the word Obolon is visible on the bottle. Looks like we have some bottle competition Coors.

Kulmbacher Eku 28 Doppelbock

Type: Doppelbock
Origin: Kulmbach, Germany
Price: $3.29 per 11 oz
Website

Another doppelbock that destroyed the
Ayinger probably because it has a bite at 11 % ABV and doesn't cost a fortune. This beer has a light amber color and not much head. My favorite thing about this beer was the finish, great for a doppelbock. The beer is malty as are most doppelbocks, but with a surprisingly sweet after thought. I would say drink this beer slow and enjoy it as I did.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Type: Doppelbock
Origin: Aying, Germany
Price: $4.29 for 11 oz
Website

I like the Ayinger whites and wheats so I figured I would try the dobbelbock. This beer pours a great head and probably comes in one of the coolest bottles, maybe that's why it's so damn expensive. Basically would figure out to be around $20 a 6 pack, and for that reason I don't think it's worth it. The beer has a robust malty taste with a dark red color. The alcohol is there at 6.7%, but is barely noticeable. I have to say I enjoyed this beer, but couldn't get over the price for what you get. I don't know what Ayingers thinking with this beer because their other beers come in 22 oz and are the same price if not cheaper. At least the bottle came with a nick nack, maybe it's a collectible and it's worth $2. I just feel bad for the guy who had to tie one of these to every bottle they sold.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Bruegel Amber Ale


Type: amber ale
Origin: Ertvelde, Belgium
Price: $17.99 per variety 6 pack
Website

Another beer from the Van Steenberge Brewery, the Bruegel is a fairly light beer given the previous ones I've had from them. It is pretty clear like a fine wine, and the head is pretty light. As for the taste, it is pretty flavorless. Just some light wheat notes, nothing spectacular, nothing terrible. I don't know why they named this after the painter, other than the fact that Bruegel was Flemish. The painting on the bottle is called the "Peasant's Dance", so I guess if there was NASCAR back then, this beer would be drunk there.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Speakeasy Payback Porter


Type: porter
Origin: San Francisco, CA
Price: $4.99 per 22 oz
Website

I should start by saying I'm not a porter fan. As you can tell by the # of posts on this site, I may have reviewed 2 or 3 in 8 months. This seems like a fairly simple porter. It doesn't give off much aroma and the taste is a generic malt/coffee flavor. It's fairly light, and would probably suggest this for a non-porter fan. It has a pretty smooth finish with a nice mouth feel. I really can't think of anything else to say about this, and I actually checked beer advocate for some inspiration, but everyone else came to the same conclusion.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Hoegaarden Grand Cru


Type: wheat beer
Origin: Hoegaarden, Belgium
Price: €2.70
Website

This is the last beer I had at the Snuffel Hostel in Bruges, and it was a fantastic one. They refer to this as the "Nobelist beer in the Hoegaarden Brewery". This beer has quite an orangish color and the smell and taste impart more orange-ness. The smell is very sour like orange juice and the taste is exactly like Yotz! candy, even with the fizziness in the center (if you never were fortunate enough to enjoy Yotz!, go to 7-11 and buy some. That shit was awesome). Also coming in is a very distinctive toffee yeast flavor, making this beer just plain good.

Tasting notes from the hostel:

Friday, January 14, 2011

Rochefort 10


Type: dark belgian
Origin: Rochefort, Belgium
Price: €3.50 for 12 oz
Website

The final beer of my Europe trip from October. Sorry about being slow guys, but I did drink a lot of beer. I had this at a nice cafe in Brussels. Just in case you didn't know, Brussels is a shit-hole. The main square is nice, but just a few blocks away, it just turns dirty quickly. Luckily, the beer is always good in Brussels, and if you drink enough, you kinda forget how shitty it is. This was the first place I saw Rochefort on the menu, and since it is one of the Trappist breweries, I don't think I had a choice. The only choice I had was 6, 8, or 10. I opted for the 10 because, well, 10 is the largest number, so it must be the best right? This is a rather strange beer, being a true dark belgian. I would describe this as a mix between a brown ale and a red ale. The color is very dark red and the head is non-existent. The smell is very sweet with strong sour undertones. The taste is sour, with strong hints of figs, raisins and caramel. The way wikipedia describes it is: similar to the 6 and the 8, but with more intense flavors. There was a bit Gueuze flavor coming in, which is a popular beverage around Brussels similar to a lambic. I'm definitely glad I had it over there because I saw Whole Foods charging $8 for the same size bottle.

Craftsman Heavenly Hefe


Type: Unfiltered Bavarian Wheat Hefeweisen
Origin: Pasadena, CA
Price: $16 pitcher at Blind Lady Ale House
I don't care % ABV
website

Okay, after writing a very harsh review on Craftsman's Spring Braggot Ale, whereby I was a complete asshole, I decided to try a simpler brew from these guys and give them a second chance to redeem themselves. EPIC FAIL AGAIN!!

I don't understand why so many people are slobbing this breweries knob. Honestly, have you people ever tasted a half decent hefeweisen before? The beer looks just as it should, and smells just as it should, middle of the road hefe on the Caucasian side of life with banana and hints of clove. A decent pour as well. But does that even fucking matter? NO.

What matters is how this shit for a hefe tastes when i shove it down my throat. When it's in contact with my sexy and perfect tongue, you taste the banana with the spiciness of cloves and obviously, wheat. Just as it should in normal fashion, nothing fancy. But for fucks sake people, after swallowing there is no finish to speak of. NONE. ZERO. ZILCH. Its as if I just swallowed water. This could be spun to have a single benefit, easy drinking session brew. Oh wait, I still want my beer to have a finish, probably the most important defining factor that determines whether a beer is good or not.

No wonder why Simon is such a prick. Alright let me stop being an asshole again. If this beer had a nice lingering aftertaste, it would be pretty delicious, and very refreshing. But it doesn't, so I won't be drinking it anytime soon. Maybe it was an old tap? I don't care anymore.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Augustijn Blonde


Type: blonde ale
Origin: Ertvelde, Belgium
Price: $17.99 for variety 6 pk
Website

Man what a heady bastard. The picture was taken two minutes after pouring, and five minutes later, I have still not taken a sip. You know when you watch cooking shows and they whip cream until it forms peaks, well thats what the head on this beer is like. I promise you I didn't shake it, and it has been resting comfortably in my fridge for 3 days.

On to the tasting notes. The color is pretty typical of blonde ales. The smell is slightly sour wheat. The taste is a fairly sour wheat as well. This may be one of the more sour beers I've had (besides lambics and red ales). All in all, not a bad beer, although I've had better blondes. You do have to give them props for brewing since 1295. Back in the dark ages, this beer probably tasted like pure gold.

The Lost Abbey Devotion Ale

Type: Belgian Blonde Style Ale
Origin: San Marcos, CA
Price: $9 750ml
6.25% ABV
website

The Lost Abbey operation always puts out solid beers year round. As such, one might say I always have high expectation from this brewery. Especially considering their high price points, even for low gravity beers as this particular model is.

It's a pretty beer to look at and sniff. Plenty of nice citrusy hop aromas mixed with a tinge of malts and wheat. Think prairie fields in late spring with sunshine beating on your back. On a side note, its mid January and a sunny 75 degrees F in good 'ole san diego this week (suck on that bitties).

Back to the beer. Anxious to take a sip, I take a sip. Then kaplow! Swallow and be slapped in the face with an overly bitter concoction with strong alcohol presence to boot (not hop bitterness). It reminds me of chewing on orange peel and washing it down with vodka. Why so bitter and alcoholic at only ~6% ABV?? I imagine this is a similar sentiment many a woman have about performing what all men wish they would provide several times a week.

Okay okay, it's not THAT much of an epic fail. Pay close attention and you can find the real flavors these guys were trying to portray. Those you expect from a delish light Belgian blonde. Close your eyes and do your best to block out those damned bitter receptors on your tongue, and you might just find flavors worthy of a dreamy pasture setting interlaced with several sexy women prancing around in the sun, just like Dionysus would have it. Bring out these notes and this could be on my top 10 list. Until then...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bornem Tripel Abbey Ale


Type: Belgian tripel
Origin: Ertvelde, Belgium
Price: $17.99 per variety 6 pack of Flanders beers
Website

I was just at Whole Foods and I noticed a variety 6 pack of beers from the Van Steenberge Brewery. I only had 1 of the beers in the 6 pack (which I never reviewed), so I decided to give it a go, even those the price seemed like a bit of a shock. On second inspection, the price isn't terrible at $3 per beer (good beer), considering I pay $10+ for a 750 mL of the same types of beer. The Bornem Tripel is a rather interesting belgian tripel. It seems a bit darker than most, and there is a bit more brown ale action going on than usual. The best way to describe it is malted wheat. It has many wheaty aspects of a tripel with just some roasting. If all brown ales tasted like this, I might actually enjoy them. And if they were 9%. This should be a fun 6 pk.

Gulden Draak Ale


Type: ale
Origin: Ertvelde, Belgium
Price: $17.99 per variety 6 pk
Website

The first time I had the Draak was in Amsterdam at our hostel. I think it cost less than two euros there from the grocery store, so $3 is not too bad. I've only had this out of the bottle, so I was surprised to see a nice blood red color on this. The taste is rather smooth and mellow given the 10.5% ABV. It does have a hearty mouthfeel, and as the beer warms, starts to take on a slight burn on the finish. So in conclusion, the beer is exactly as named: dragon=blood red color, hearty, and burns on the way down.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Twin Sisters Double IPA

type: double IPA
origin: Longmont, Colorado
price: $8.50/22oz

Drink this, don't smell it. Fortunately the taste doesn't reflect the aromas of that famous plastic/silicon tape smell of Bandaid (I actually heard that floating around as a description of the nose). I think this is a decent beer but beware: the hop character isn't nearly what you'd expect from a double-hopped IPA. The flavors are interesting, but not astounding, and I think they should actually play up the rye component (rather than ignoring it).

I have a labeling suggestion for the brewery: You don't need to be so specific about certain things. Sure it's nice to know the ABV (9.6%), but we don't need to know that you used "flaked barley"; it conjures an image of underage kids manually flaking barley grains in the basement of some room.

Breckenridge Small Batch 471

type: double IPA
origin: Breckenridge, CO, USA
price: $7/22oz

There's really no better way to enjoy homemade smoked brisket (aka pastrami) than drinking wonderful beer; rather, there's no better way to prepare to enjoy such delicacies.

Chris brought back some Colorado beers to sample (he was also the one smoking the meat so cheers to him twice). I'd actually never heard of this brewery, and that's apparently a shame. This beer is perfectly hopped (balance-wise) and even at 9.2% abv you get this faint pseudo-licorice note in the very back of your mouth. Surely a very interesting beer to drink, though I'm not sure where one would find it in the stores.

Saint-Martin Winter Ale

type: Winter Ale
origin: Rongy, Belguim
price: $10.99 for 22 oz

I received this beer in a 2 pack for a gift with a sweet glass that contained the Saint Martin logo and a stained glass image and was excited to try it. Initially the taste was great; smooth, great head, with a slight spice, but the aftertaste was throwing me off. I couldn't figure out what it was and when I started to drink the second bottle with a friend we figured out it has a kinda spicey ginger snapp aftertaste. Luckily he had homemade ginger snapps on hand, (thanks Kathy/Kurtis!) so we basically ate cookies and drank this beer and I have to say I enjoyed it much better the second time. This beer comes from the Brunehuat Brewery in Belgium, which consists of Abbey Beers like this one, organic beers, and regional beers. The winter ale is a special release with an alcohol % of 8.5. I'm definitely looking forward to trying more of this brewery that was founded in 1096.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Napa Smith Pale Ale

type: pale ale
origin: Napa, CA, USA
price: $3.50/22oz

Yes, my pictures are shit. I've admitted that in the past. Let's move on shall we?

This is surprisingly good. It's certainly a traditional pale ale (read: not a San Diego style pale ale), fairly bitter but not in an over-hopped way. This could almost be considered an ESB, but after a few swigs you think to yourself "who gives a shit, this is pretty good." At 5.2% the price is right too. So, I say thumbs up. Let's see what else NS can put out.



Sunday, January 9, 2011

Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale


Type: blonde ale
Origin: Oud-Turnhout, Belgium
Price: $8.59 per 750 mL
Website

Badass bottle - check
abbey style beer - check
tastes like minute maid lemonade mixed with a chimay - check

I must admit, the reason I bought this was because it was the cheapest belgian at BevMo that I have not had and the bottle is just fucking classy. I am not a fan of them calling this a pale ale since I'm used to Sierra as the standard pale ale. They say on the back that there is a "distinctive hop bouquet", but I simply taste no hops. It is a fairly light and refreshing beer, but the lemon flavors start to overpower just a little too much. They do say on the bottle that since this is bottle-conditioned, as it matures, the beer will become softer and smoother. I would definitely like to age one of these properly just to see if this is just a fluke.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Coney Island Sword Swallower Lager


Type: Lager
Origin: Coney Island, NY
Price: $5 22oz
7.2% ABV
website

Is this beer truly a lager? Or an ale?
I, for one, cannot really tell.
What does it matter? For this beer is quite swell.

For a hopped lager it is also slightly sweet.
I would bet it has something to do with wheat.
It's astonishing that Coney Island could produce such a feat.

Cock and balls, my poetry needs surgery. I will be consuming more of this brewery in the coming months. This one is Sambo approved.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Alesmith Yule Smith Winter Ale


Type: Imperial Red Ale
Origin: San Diego, CA
Price: $8 22oz
9.5% ABV
website

Well, Alesmith pulls it off again. Every beer I have from this brewery is fantastic, not to mention they make my favorite beer ever. This one is delightfully unique. It's marketed as a double/Imperial red. It's quite the murky beer, so much so it looks almost muddy. It has lots of hop on the nose but much less while on the tongue. It reminds me more of a brown due to its slight sweetness. Much maltier than I expected, especially by Alesmith's standards, but it works extraordinarily well in this case. Andy, before morphing into "Randy", nicely spotted licorice flavor. Imperial red is a bit of an overstatement. Regardless, this baby is a winner. Unfortunately my lottery ticket wasn't. Oh oh oh, what I could do with $228,000,000 cash...

Marin Star Brew

Type: Triple Wheat Ale
Origin: Larkspur, CA
Price: $5 22oz
website

Honestly, I did not like this beer. I hear a lot of great things about Marin, but this beer was WAY too sweet for my palate. The alcohol is overpowering, and I'm not one to whine about 9.2% ABV; more like a sherry than beer. It's basically a hefe on steroids, hence the name. But why did they have to triple the f'ing sweetness factor?? It's got lots of wheat, lots of sweetness, lots of malts, and lots of alcohol burn in the finish. I'm not sure about most peeps out there, but I don't want my beers to taste like fortified wines...

Now I have to go out and try their IPA, hopefully they can redeem themselves after this one.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Alesmith Horny Devil 2nd Take


Type: Belgian Strong Ale
Origin: San Diego
Price: $11 750ml
website

"Randy" Andy reviewed this beer a while back. I had a bottle stashed in my secret case where I keep my guns to fend off them government folks and protect my 2nd amendment rights. Here here!

It was a chilly winter night. Andy, Brent, Carey, and I were on our usual walk to good 'ole Regal Beagle for some brewskies, and to our delightful surprise, Horny 'Fuck Me' Devil was on tap. Now this is my favorite beer folks. I was so stoked, as were my peers. So we drank and drank and drank that dirty Horny Devil until Brent began to show off his ballet skills, and then we knew we were too drunk. So we flopped our way home, and flipped on some Rock Band, then played and played classy Beatles' tunes until I blacked out on our comfy Lay-Z-Boy. Oh what an epic night indeed. Let's not talk about the hangover.

Oh, and the beer, of course: Beautiful color, citrus and coriander on the nose, and the best tasting Belgian strong you can ever dream of experiencing. No joke. It literally is the best damn Belgian on the planet, and its made right here in our backyard. Perfect balance of malts, hops, and citrus notes with just the right amount of spice. The coriander really shines in the finish. So folks, the take home message: go out and buy it in groves, you won't be disappointed.

Green Flash Le Freak

type: Ale
origin: Vista, CA
price: $8.99 for 22 oz

Le Freak is a convergence of a Belgium Style IPA and a Belgium Trippel. Green Flash is a great brewery and Le Freak is one of their best. The beer packs a punch at 9.2% and is absolutely delicious. Le Freak has a distinct strong taste that is great to drink slowly. I probably drink this beer to much for my own good, but I just can't help myself. It is one beer I can say is worth every cent of the $9. Enough talk, just go get one and you will likely be hooked like me.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Julian Hard Cider

type: hard cider
origin: Julian, CA
price: $6.99/22oz/6.99%abv (isn't that cute)
website (yeah, it's a ".biz" domain)

Ughhhhhh. Seriously guys? I was so curious about this, knowing how good Julian apples (= apple pie) are. I was fully expecting a nice, tart, apple-y alcoholic wonderland. Instead, I get what tastes like carbonated chardonnay. No apple, no real tartness, just extra dry wine-grape type bubbly shit. God damnit. Fool me once, shame on you. I thought it might open up as the temperature increased, but actually it tastes worse at room temp. If there was a way to post this to failblog, I would.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Maes Pils and Jupiler



Type: Maes=pilsner, Jupiler=pale lager
Origin: Belgium


There are 2 shit beers in Benelux: Jupiler and Maes. I wrote in my notes that Maes tastes like socks and a typical 3rd world country pilsner. It is overly sweet, and the only positive is the price. It was taken over by Heineken International in 2008, and they changed the recipe the following year.




Jupiler is just as bad. It is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Looking at the parent companies, assume this is Budweiser and Maes is MGD.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Karmeliet Tripel Abbey


Type: belgian tripel
Origin: Buggenhout, Belgium
Price €2.70 per 0.25 L
Website

This might be the best beer I have ever consumed. This is another Snuffel Hostel beer, and I had a few more of these at other bars in Belgium since its so damn good. This comes from a 17th century recipe from the Old Carmelite monastery, but all you need to know is this is a great 400 year old recipe. The color is a very light golden and the head is quite frothy. The smell is a wonderfully powerful wheat, and the flavors are incredibly light. On the finish, some spicy coriander notes pop in.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Brugse Zot


Type: blonde ale
Origin: Bruges, Belgium
Price: €2.40 per 0.33 L
Website

The Fool of Bruges, the Zot hits the spot. I am finally finishing up all the Belgian beer reviews from October, and Bruges was the second to last city we visited. The city, as Ann puts it, is "so fucking quaint". The hostel we stayed at was one of the best I have ever been to (Snuffel Hostel). They had an amazing beer bar inside the hostel with 15 or so great beers at an amazing price. I figured I would never see this beer again, so I tried it first. This can be quaintly referred to as the "Budweiser of Belgian Beers", since its about 70 euro cents in stores. It is simple, cheap, non pretentious, delicious, a little sweet, and all around enjoyable. There is a wheaty smell and taste, and a bit of sourness.