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I spent the last evening at Grand Trunk in the D drinking this gem. Thick and black as oil, this beer had a nice balance of malt and hops. It had enough robust, malt flavors, like coffee, chocolate, and even charcoal to seem like a porter but the hops delivered a slight piney taste. I should have ordered another, but I switched to a Belgian. I’ll be looking for more of this soon, and hopefully I get a chance to visit the folks in Marshall again, too.
I got this beer as part of a gift set with Maudite for Xmas/Hanukkah, and I think this set is the only way you can get ahold of this beer. I tried it last night and regret not taking a picture then, because it looked mighty fine in my Kuhnhenn snifter.
Style: Belgian Tripel
Poured golden and murky with a thick, foamy head. Citrus and light banana aroma. Mouthfeel was full and balanced but not heavy; this is a light, airy Belgian which, I think, sets it apart from La Fin du Monde. I found flavors such as citrus, pepper, bread, and nuts, and the addition of hops was really nice. This beer met my expectations. If I saw it in stores I would get it again, but as long as I had enough money to buy Trois Pistoles first.
New Holland put out some variations of the Mad Hatter, and they’re 5 bucks for a 22oz bottle at my usual beer stop. (You know where I mean, Aili, get them while they’re still there!) I got the Black Hatter and Shaun got the Rye Hatter. It was nearly black in appearance, but didn’t pour as thick as a stout or porter would. I had about a centimeter of light tan head with some lace that retained as I drank it. The aroma was mostly hops; the flavor was where they really got their combination right. There was the usual hops bite at the front of the sip, but after that really great roasty malt flavors and just a little sweetness. Afterwards, the bitter pale ale taste was what stuck around. I would recommend this to anyone already looking for a good pale ale. Don’t expect anything too malty, but just enough to give you an interesting brew.
I had a really nice Belgian golden ale at the Box last night. I tried North Coast Pranqster because I like Old Rasputin A LOT and I still hadn’t had anything else from the brewery. This beer is impressive… there’s a lot of fruit and spice flavors in addition to the traditional Belgian taste. This reminded me of Final Absolution, but instead of a strong banana flavor it was more like berries or pears. I need to get better at discerning this stuff. Also, I should probably try Duvel again for comparison, but honestly (as much as I like Duvel) I think beers like this and Final Absolution are more interesting.
Leave it to Short’s to be weird with their brews. Good Humans is advertised as a ‘Dry Hopped American Brown Ale’. It’s not kick-you-in-the-face Huma Lupa Licious hops; it seemed more balanced to me. What’s interesting about this beer is it’s tropical fruit elements. The maltiness of the brown ale mixed with pineapple and grapefruit to make a beer that was very drinkable and somewhat sweet. Medium carbonation and a little tangy. I could drink this again and again.
I drank a couple of these with Andrew last night while we played Apples to Apples with some friends. I haven’t had much of Dogfish’s beers but everything I have had has been exceptionally good. That’s probably a sign I should buy more, right? I was expecting a boring old brown ale, but this is anything but. The sweetness — brown sugar and molasses — is what you taste at first, followed by a lot of malt. Bitter finish. It’s balanced and robust, and actually reminded me a lot of Scotty Karate, so I guess a Scotch Ale. Superbly delicious, and 7.2 ABV is a nice number.
My goal is to be able to post more reviews, like books and movies, on my blog, but I guess I just keep drinking!
Andrew and I went to Dragonmead last night, which is always a treat. I can’t recommend this place enough, they have around 30 rotating taps that are seriously ALL good. I ordered Crown Jewels IPA at first, but they were out, so I got the Dead Monk Ale. It’s a light pinkish-amber with a thin head, and I just love how beer looks in goblets anyway. Complex flavor, but I could have tolerated more bitterness. This was on the sweet side, fruity, and I’ve heard some say they taste bubblegum which I guess I agree with after thinking about it, as weird as that sounds.
Next I had the Honey Porter. I liked it, but again, on the sweet side. It was nitrogen-dispensed, so super super foamy and low carbonation. The honey taste was pretty overpowering, I would have preferred a more translucent sweetness. Overall, though, it’s a good, drinkable porter.