Beer 21 – Gouden Carolis Noel

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: It’s just plain great

Will I be drinking this again: For sure

Grade: A

11/30/09: Sometimes it makes me sad that Belgian beers are typically only 11.2 ounces. I feel cheated because I love them so much! (as I wipe the tears). Damn you Belgian monks for teasing me!

This one has undoubtedly landed in my top 5 Winter beers category. This one is a bit sweeter than most Belgian Darks, but its perfect for me. Lots of brown sugar taste, with a bit of cinnamon/ginger flavor. I poured this one down pretty quick because I couldn’t stop drinking it. If I had another I would have popped it open right away. If you run across this one give it a try.

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Beer 20- Buffalo Bills Blueberry Stout

Style: American Stout

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Blueberries!

Will I be drinking this again: More than likely

Grade: B+

11/29/09: The Scnnozberries taste like.. blueberries?

The sound of blueberries and stout might turn you off, but they really go well together in this beer. As soon as you open the bottle the smell of blueberries smack you right in the nose hole. But don’t let that turn you away because there is not too much blueberry flavor in this one. If you are sick of your typical beers and looking for something different to try, give this one a shot.

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Beer 19 – Lancaster Winter Warmer

Style: Old Ale

Purchased at: 3 Sons

What makes this beer different: Smooth caramely beer.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes for sure

Grade: A-

11/28/09: For those of you who don’t know the Lancaster area, it is laregely made up of Amish folk. So its no surprise this beer is made similar to the old school butter churning method, without electricity. Okay really this is brewed by non-amish men at Lancaster Brewing in Pennsylvania, and its good stuff just like all the other beers of theirs I have tried.

This beer looks more intimidating than it really is. Looks dark and powerful but ends up being sweet and smooth. A lot of caramel flavor, also a little bit of cinnamon. My brain tells me the mouthfeel should be a bit thicker, but still a very enjoyable beer. For sure in my top 5 of Winter Seasonal brews.

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Beer 18 – Westmalle Trappist Tripel

Style: Belgian Tripel

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Tart flavor

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A+

11/27/09: The Belgians are undoubtedly the end all be all when it comes to brewing good beer. This beer is just another example of that. This beer has incredible head (the foam that collects on the top of the beer you perverts), and has an amazing mouthfeel (The consistency/carbonation of the beer in your mouth… pervs). These two things are typical with Belgian brew, but the taste is whats just so different about these beers. This one has a slightly tart flavor to start, with a peppery malt behind it. I am usually bad at picking out specifics in Belgian beers, but lets just say this one is a must try. I have a hard time seeing anyone who likes ANY kind of beer, disliking this one.

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Beer 17 – Dogfish Head Chicory Stout

Style: American Stout

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Roasted/earthy taste

Will I be drinking this again: Oh yes

Grade: B+

11/26/09: Pictured to the right is an actual dogfish. Whoever knew there was such a thing?

This reminds me a lot of one of my favorite beers; Dominion Oak Barrel Stout. Has a good bit of bite to it. Combines earthy/vanilla/coffee/roasted flavors, but it all mixes together well. Also has the familiar hop aftertaste that a lot of dogfish beers tend to have.

Published in: on November 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 16 – Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Style: American IPA

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Balances hops nicely with malt

Will I be drinking this again: Probably but will not go out of my way to get it.

Grade: B+

11/25/09: A lot of purists love this beer, but this one was just over average for me. Mostly because I don’t like overly hoppy beers. Although this one balances it out with just enough malt, so this one just borders the too hoppy line for me. Slight caramel aftertaste to this one.

Published in: on November 25, 2009 at 6:23 pm  Comments (4)  
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Beer 15 – Left Hand Deep Cover Brown Ale

Style: English Brown Ale

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Nutty/Brown sugar flavor

Will I be drinking this again: Without a doubt

Grade: A

11/24/09: To date this is my favorite English brown ale. The only other two I have had are New Castle Brown Ale and Samuel Smith Nut Brown. This one is less hoppy than the Samuel Smith, and much smoother than the New Castle Brown. This beer goes down super easy, and has a nice nutty and brown sugar flavor.

Published in: on November 24, 2009 at 6:20 pm  Comments (2)  
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Beer 14 – Great Divide Hibernation Ale

Style: Old Ale

Purchased at: 3 Sons

What makes this beer different: Very complex flavor to it

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A-

11/22/09: Finally decided to stop being lazy and take pictures of the beer and bottle, and this was a good one to start on. This one was pretty hard to find. Tons of different flavors going on in this one, but they all balance well. Hops, sweetness, coffee all rolled into one. My only complaint with old ales in general is they usually are under carbonated. Overall a very good beer.

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Beer 13 – Southern Tier Crème Brulee Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Sweetest tasting stout I have ever had.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, but not in large doses.

Grade: A

11/21/09 This really does taste like liquid Creme Brulee, but sweeter. You taste burnt sugar and vanilla right off the bat. Some might think this is too sweet, but I think the flavor is awesome. You probably could not drink more than one glass of this in a sitting because of how sweet it is. Your lips actually get tacky and start sticking to the glass while drinking it. Another beer that everyone should try once in their life.

Published in: on November 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm  Comments (1)  
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Beer 12 – Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale

Style: Red Ale

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Santa peed in this one

Will I be drinking this again: No way

Grade: C+

11/20/09: This might be someones cup of tea, but not mine. This was REALLY bitter and hoppy. I can deal with some hops, but for a winter beer this one was just too intense. There was nothing about this beer than screamed Christmas or Winter to me. Maybe I just need to learn to appreciate bitter/hoppy beers more but I will not be drinking this one again.

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