Beer 386/365 – Victory V-Twelve

Victory V Twelve

Style: Quadruple

ABV: 12.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Possibly the best domestic brewed Belgian style beer I’ve ever had. Also very affordable at $8 for the big bottle.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes I need to pick up a couple bottles for the basement.

Grade: A

4/4/2011: In case you missed my memo last week I will be updating the site every Monday and Thursday. I realized that arbitrarily updating meant I was updating bi-weekly at best. Anyways sorry for the blurry picture. I took 3 of this beer, and didn’t realize they all turned out like crap. Oh well can’t hit a home run every time.

I’ve heard great things about this beer and finally found some out at Vintage Estate. The smell is mostly orchard fruit (pears, apples), and actually a good bit of booze. Here is hoping the alcohol doesn’t come through in the taste. The flavor is great; apples, some citrus (maybe orange?), clove, rock candi, and some kind of sweet spice which I’m going to guess is cinnamon. Tons of great flavor, and the alcohol is masked very well. This beer excels where most American brewed Belgians fail; the creamy mouthfeel. Great mouthfeel to this beer, and almost exactly like a true Belgian. Heavy but smooth at the same time. Would love to know what kind of yeast strain they used on this. If you haven’t tried this yet do yourself a favor and hunt down a bottle.

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Published in: on April 4, 2011 at 9:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Beer 352/365 – De Struise Pannepot Reserva (2008)

De Struise Pannepot Reserva

Style: Quadruple

ABV: 10.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: The most expensive beer (per ounce) at $9.99 that I have ever purchased, but might also be the best Belgian I have had as well.

Will I be drinking this again: So expensive but so freaking good. Might have to buy another bottle or two.

Grade: A+

10/26/2010: The old saying “You get what you pay for” doesn’t always apply in the beer world, but I was hoping it did when I decided to pull the trigger on a $10 bottle. I knew the regular Pannepot has a reputation for being a great beer, so I am banking on the 2008 Reserva being even better. The Reserva is aged in two different kinds of oak barrels, while the original only one.

Cherry is the first thing I get in the aroma, some chocolate, sweet caramel, and some non-descript dark fruit.The first sip is nothing short of amazing, very complex but I will try to do my best to pick out some flavors here. Cherry is there for sure, some woodiness, raisins, cinnamon, prunes, and a rum like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is perfect, medium, rich, creamy, and barely any sign of alcohol at all. I have had a bunch of beer “wow” me on the first sip, but most don’t hold my attention like that entire way through… This beer did. I honestly might go as far to say this is the best Belgian Style beer of any kind that I have ever tasted. Yes even better than a Westvletern 12, Rochefort 10 etc. The aforementioned brews are great in their own right, but this beer exceeded great in my opinion. Wish I could put into words how much I enjoyed drinking this beer. Worth every penny of the $9.99 price tag.

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Published in: on October 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm  Comments (1)  
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Beer 348/365 – St. Bernardus Abt 12

St Bernardus Abt 12

Style: Quadruple

ABV: 10.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Almost as good as a Westy 12, but not quite.

Will I be drinking this again: Yup! Wish it was a little bit more affordable though.

Grade: A

10/22/2010: Trying to knock off as many of the top100 on BeerAdvocate as I can before I reach 365. St Bernardus currently ranks in at #10 overall, which means I have tried eight of the top ten beers. The other ones will be almost impossible to get a hold of. Pliny the Younger is only available from the brewery, and Trappist Westvleteren is only sold in Belgium. Oh well, 8/10 isn’t bad!

The plum in the nose is pretty typical for a quad, but the chocolate I am smelling is not. Lots of flavor going on but they all mesh well together, in order of strongest flavor: Caramel, dark fruit (figs?), bready, chocolate, earthy, and a little bit of spice. Is it just me or is it easier to pick out specific flavors in a Belgian beer as compared to an American Beer? Not sure why this is, or if I am losing it. Anyways, the mouthfeel is A+, smooth and creamy. The alcohol is completely hidden at 10.5%. Amazing beer, easily ranks up with the other top quads; Westvleteren 12 and Trappistes Rochefort 10.

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Published in: on October 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm  Comments (3)  
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Beer 100/365 – Trappist Westvleteren 12

Style: Quadruple

Purchased at: Sent to me by Mike/Ruth @ Bon Beer Voyage

What makes this beer different: Its the only beer ranked #1 in the world according to beeradvocate.com

Will I be drinking this again: I wish, but its damn hard to find.

Grade: A

2/16/2010: First off, huge huge thanks to Mike and Ruth over at Bon Beer Voyage for sending me this… for free. The only terms were that I drink it for my 100th beer. They run a very cool little operation out of Florida. Basically if you are looking to head overseas to sample some amazing beer, then you want to get in touch with Mike and Ruth. They take all the hassle out of finding the right places to go and places to stay. They make all the travel/housing/brewery arrangements for you, all you need to do is back your bags. If you are interested head on over to their site and let them know Drew sent ya.

Not only is it a Westy 12, but it was purchased right from Belgium and has already been aged for over two years. The drink-by date on the cap is 7/11/12. I’m not sure how many of you have had an aged Belgian beer, but they all have a similar smell to them once you open it. Not really sure how to explain the smell other than saying its a musty and “refined” smell. Not as much head on the pour as I anticipated, but I am sure that is due to the age of the beer. The smell literally filled the room, my roommate sitting 8 feet across from me could smell it, he described it as boozy. I would say it smelled sweet, honey, and weirdly enough a soy sauce scent. The taste is super cmoplex, and very sweet with dark fruit flavors. Molasses, prunes/raisins, and some apple kick. To be honest I’m not quite sure how some people on Beer Advocate literally describe 13 different flavors they are pulling from one liquid, come on you guys are just making stuff up now right? I am by no means a super taster but I highly doubt you can legitimately pick out more than 6-7 unique flavors in one beer, or is my palette just not refined enough? Anyways back on track, the mouthfeel is very very nice, almost like a nice red wine. Overall this is an awesome awesome beer, but didn’t quite wow me enough to be an A+. I think that is because of all the hype behind it being the #1 rated beer in the world. Again thanks to Mike and Ruth for this.

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Published in: on February 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm  Comments (6)  
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Beer 38 – Trappistes Rochefort 10

Style: Quadruple

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Super smooth for a quad

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A

12/16/2009: The style “Quad” usually has a ton of sweet maltiness to try and cover up the alcohol content. Typical you get dark fruit flavors, and little to no hops. Flavor is usually very complex.

All three Trappistes beers are world class. The only thing that made me not grade this beer an A+ was also the reason I liked it so much. Weird right? It is unbelievably smooth for a quad, but actually lacked a lot of flavor. Don’t get me wrong it tasted great, just expected a tiny bit more flavor for a beer with 11.3% alcohol content. Taste was sweet, and almost had an ashy earthy aftertaste. This would be a good beer to introduce people to the style as it is not super intense.

Published in: on December 16, 2009 at 9:11 am  Comments (2)  
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Beer 32 – Ommegang Three Philosophers

Style: Quadruple

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Cherry Lambic Flavor

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A-

12/10/2009: I’m not sure if I have had a dubbel/triple/quad that I have not liked. Typically a “Quad” is a belgian style ale with high alcohol content, and uses up to four times the usual malt one would use to brew beer. Usually they end up pretty sweet and hide the alcohol well.

This Belgian is brewed by American’s, but its still pretty damn good. Not quite up to par with other Belgians I have had (that I usually rate an A or A+), but is very solid and drinkable. The dominant taste in this one is tart cherry. The only thing lacking in this one was a little bit of “punch” that you get with quads. Not sure how to put it into words but it lacked oomph. Don’t get me wrong, still a very good brew.

Published in: on December 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm  Comments (3)  
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