Unibroue Grande Reserve 17, 2011 bottling
Dark Ale on Lees
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Not much information on the low tech label.
Pours dark and slightly murky with a light head.
Aroma is strongly woody and alcoholic., with some fruity malt in the background.
Flavor is similar with a big woody presence being prominent and a bunch of warmth.
Mouthful is round and warm, but the finish is pleasantly clean and crisp.
Overall: big and tasty.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Black smoked saison.
Collaboration between Stone, Evil Twin, and Stillwater Artisanal breweries.
12 oz bottle
Pours black with a light head.
Aroma is smokey with some traditional saison spiciness.
Flavor is surprisingly mild, with light malt roastiness, a hint of smoke and a tiny bit of spice.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a pleasant creaminess. It finishes with some lingering bitterness and astringency.
Overall a nice crisp drinkable beer, that is a noticeable departure from the big beers I've had so far in the calendar.
Monday, December 09, 2013
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Shmaltz Brewing, Saratoga Springs, NY. 22 oz bottle, 13% abv. 2009 bottle.
Pours dark and opaque, with a light tannish-brown head.
Aroma is rich and malty with dark fruit and sherry notes.
Flavor is intensely rich and complex, with chocolate, toffee, coffee, and roasty malt.
Mouthfeel is thick and warming, but finishes surprisingly crisp and balanced.
There's a lot going on with this beer, and it could easily be too much. Instead, it's really tasty and is aged just about perfectly after four years.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Not sure what style this is, as the label is sparse on details. Belgian dark strong perhaps? Maybe I'll look it up... yep. 11.6 oz bottle, 9% abv, brewed by De Dolle Brouwers, Esen, Belgium.
It pours dark amber to brown, with a light lingering head. Aroma is malty and fruity with a nice hint of spice. Flavor is fruity rich and warming with some nice light roast and some candi sugar. The finish is also a bit warm, but has a cleaning bitterness and is nicely balanced.
Really, really tasty overall.