Good news everybody! I applied to and was accepted by an online newspaper, so I will be paid to publish these beer blogs. I'll still do them here, of course, and the Elliquiy versions will probably be better because I won't have to censor myself and can write in the 1st person, but I'm happy about getting paid to do two things I love to do anyway-- drink and write (granted, it'll only be about $4 an article, so I'll definitely be splitting them up into one beer per review for that site. If anyone wants to help me out, just give me permission to PM you with the link to the site. Each click earns me a little money, as does the length of time spent on the page).
Imogen- Damnit, I saw and had the chance to pick up a Grolsch just three hours ago! Instead, I picked up the following:-Becks German Pilsener -Bass Bass Pale Ale
(thanks to Kurzyk for the recommendation for both Bass and Becks)-La Fin Du Monde
(a critically-acclaimed Tripel from Canada)-Erdinger Hefeweizen
(thanks to Arhys for convincing me to buy one)-Sapporo Draft
(A Japanese Rice Lager)-Bohemia
(Another German Pilsener...from Mexico; sorry Lord Mayerling, but I promise that Negra Modelo is on the top of my list of beers to pick up!)
So that's Germany, England, Canada, Japan, and Mexico; I decided to go multicultural with today's six pack.
Aiden-- Answered you in PM.
Imogen and Neroon- Honestly y'all, I couldn't find a single one of those beers at my local specialty store aside from the Samuel Smiths; however, a fellow BeerAdvocate just informed me of another specialty store in the city next door, so I will definitely investigate that one as well.
Alright, I know I said that I would take the next few days off, but I wasn't lying in the first post about being an inveterate imbiber, so I bring you a bonus beer for the week!
Tonight's offering is Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend
by Brewery Ommegang.
Brewed by:Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
There are a subset of Belgian Strong Ales that go in a particular order based on ABV and flavor (and, of course, amount and ratio of ingredients), all of which were and still are inspired by and based on the old Trappist ales mentioned earlier in this blog
. Those styles are Dubbel, Tripel, and Quadrupel. Give yourself a pat on the back if you figured that Quadrupel was the strongest. Quadrupels generally have the highest alcohol by volume and the strongest flavor of dark fruit and sweet malt. This particular Quadrupel is unique in that it is, according to the label, 98% Belgian Ale and 2% Ale with cherries. It's an unusual notion, but because most Belgian ales have fruit-flavors and fruity esters to begin with, I suppose it makes sense to compliment the dark fruit flavors of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale/ Quadrupel with a dark fruit ale.
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. No freshness date provided, but this kind of brew could easily age for a year or two.Appearance-
4 out of 5. The deep ruby color is somewhat cloudy in the first glass and very cloudy in the second due to the yeast from the bottom being poured into the glass. It is very reminiscent of cherry skin held up to a light, which I suspect is a sign of things to come. The off-white head was two fingers tall and medium in body but left wonderful lacing all around the glass.Smell-
4 out of 5. Dark fruit, light malt, and cherries dominate the nose of this beer. A deeper whiff brings hints of alcohol and hops, but the overall scent is sweet.Taste-
4 out of 5. Sweet and smooth. The cherry ale may only embody 2% of the overall volume, but it definitely dominates the taste. Creamy yeast flows along the tongue, bringing tastes of sweet malt and a bit of brown sugar. Gentle hops tingle on the back of the tongue before giving way to a long-lasting sweet aftertaste. There's a reason that the word "sweet" is in five of the six sentences of this part of the review; that aspect best characterizes the taste. It's not bad at all, but it should be avoided if you don't have a taste for beers on the sweeter side of the fermented spectrum.Mouthfeel-
4 out of 5. Medium and creamy, not at all crisp but pleasant on the tongue. The alcohol is warming but otherwise unnoticeable.Drinkability-
4 out of 5. This is an interesting change of pace from typical quadrupels, but it's only for those who can handle a burst of sweetness that's almost like a bunch of gang-banging cherries orgasmically exploding in your mouth. I could down easily down the whole 750ml bottle, but this beer deserves to at least be sipped frequently instead of outright chugged.
Overall, a B. It's a novel idea, and I appreciate it, but the next Quadrupel to appear in this blog will be the iconic, true Quadrupel, St. Bernardus Abt 12
Will- Sorry bud, but this beer is not meant for your deep, brooding taste-buds.