Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale

Brewery: Brouwerij Corsendonk
Style: Tripel
ABV: 7.5%
Country: Belgium

Poured a bright golden yellow that was slightly hazy. Head was stark white and was massive and foamy taking a long time to die down. Aroma was mild and sweet. Vaguely smelled like apples. A hint of spiciness was noticeable as well. Taste was mostly dry and subtle with only a hint of fruity sweetness. Sweet malts are present but most of the flavors are coming from the hops and yeast. A clove spiciness was the most prominent which was followed by earthy and herbal flavors. The finish contained some bready malt flavors along with more yeasty notes. No real bitterness to speak of.. Body was bubbly and crisp giving the beer an champagne like feeling overall. I had to remind myself a few times while drinking this that this was 7.5% ABV. There where no overt alcohol flavors which was nice considering there where no dominant flavors to mask them. The only hint that this was alcoholic was a pleasing warmth in the end. This was a yummy beer for sure. A-

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Dixie Blackened Voodo Lager

Brewery: Dixie Brewing Company
Style: Schwarzbier
ABV: 5.0%
Country: USA, Louisiana

Dark brown hints of ruby. Thin white head dissipated quickly. Rich aroma with dark fruits, clove spiciness. I was a little under the weather at the time and my nose was a bit stopped up so any real subtleties were lost on me. The aroma that came through I liked. Had almost a cola quality to it as well. Interesting mix of flavors. Cherry sweetness upfront with more cola and licorice. Some roasted flavors were present as well. Light bitterness rounded out the finish. This sort of reminded me of a root-beer of all things both in taste, appearance, and all around feel. Body was a bit light and the finish was rather weak. B-

Friday, April 1, 2011

Allagash White

Brewery: Allagash Brewing Company
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.2
Country: USA, Maine

Bright straw yellow, hazy with visible yeast and sediments. Fluffy white head dissipated rather quickly but left some bubbly lacing. Lemongrass, dry wheat, yeast, and malt grains were the most prevalent flavors in the aroma. Dry and smooth moutfeel was the first thing noticed. Wheat flavor was most noticeable but didn't dominate the other sweet malt flavors. Lemon zest and earthy notes from the yeast are present throughout which led to a light bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is on the lighter side of things but still has a nice crispness to it. This was a fantastic beer and a perfect one to drink on a hot day. I'll be looking forward to having more of this. A