Archive for the ‘Belgian Pale Ale’ Category

Verboten by Weyerbacher Brewing Company

Ding…ding…ding…I hit the 600 mile mark on my bike today.  I’m pretty happy with that since 90% of that is on dirt whether it is singletrack or rail-trail.  I am shooting for 700 miles which should be reachable but I really don’t like riding in the cold so I guess that will be up to what Mother Nature provides.  The most I have done in one year is 980…I don’t think that will be attainable.  Maybe next year I will shoot for 1000 miles.  On to the beer.

Beer #332 is Verboten by Weyerbacher Brewing Company, a Belgian Pale Ale brewed in Easton. Pennsylvania with an ABV of 5.9%.

Appearance – A cloudy amber with a super thin off-white head.

Nose – Pretty light smelling with cloves and bananas.

Taste – Spicy and hoppy with bit of pepper, some cloves, and an orange rind flavor.  Nice bitter bite.  Finished on the dry side.

Mouthfeel – Midway between medium and light with an ample amount of stinging carbonation.

Overall – Decent brew but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.  Just another beer in the long line of 365.

Rating: C

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Orval Trappist Ale by Brasserie d'Orval S.A.

Absolutely nothing of interest when on for me today…

Beer #275 is Orval Trappist Ale by Brasserie d’Orval S.A. which is brewed in Belgium in the style of a Belgian Pale Ale with an ABV of 6.9%.  Brewed by the Trappist Cistercian monks of Orval, they only brew two beers and one of them is not usually for sale, (they also make cheese) to support their monastery in the Abbaye Notre-Dame d’Orval.

This brew poured from the very cool shaped bottle a cloudy amber with a bit of orange to it.  The head was magnificent…huge (almost filling up the Duvel tulip glass), fluffy & white.  Oh how do I love me some nice head…floating atop a tasty beer.  The aroma was quite hoppy…lots of pine filled my nose and was quite yeasty.  I also picked up on some apples and pink grapefruit juice.  Wow…it wasn’t sweet at all in the taste department, I wasn’t expecting that.  It was quite earthy with a nice pine hop thing and a bit of spice like pepper.  It had a nice bitterness and finished up very dry.  Highly carbonated with a medium body made this quite drinkable for me.  No trace of alcohol was noticeable as I was enjoying this.

This was an excellent beer that I savored as I sipped it.  To the Trappist Cistercian monks of Orval…this is some good stuff!  Op uw gezondheid!!!

Rating: A

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Karma by Avery Brewing Company

I noticed I went over 20000 views yesterday.  Never did I think I would come close to anywhere near that number.  The top 5 viewed beers so far are Trois Pistoles, Misery Bay IPA, HopDevil Ale, Bengail Tiger, and Brooklyn Local 1.  To be honest, I could care less how many views I get at this point, it is not like I’m getting paid for any of this.  My main goal now is to finish what I started.  That looks good since today’s beer make this 365 63% complete.

Beer #231 is Karma by Avery Brewing Company.  Karma is brewed in Boulder, Colorado.  The ABV of this Belgian Pale Ale is 5.4%.

Karma had a nice amber color with a tiny white head.  It was more malty smelling than I anticipated for a Belgian style brew.  It had a sweet, caramel like aroma with some grapes hidden in there also.  The aroma of the Belgian style yeast was really far in the background. and not nearly as in your face as other Belgian style brews.  The sweetness of the caramel malts hit me first in the taste followed by the grapes found in the nose.  It all tailed off into a kind of sour aftertaste.  The body was somewhere between light and medium with low carbonation.  It had a smooth creaminess to it that was very pleasant.

I thought this was an ordinary brew.  It didn’t knock my socks off (although my socks were already off) and it wasn’t horrible in any way.  To me…that is average and one for the Jesters.

Rating: C

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Fleur De Lehigh by Philadelphia Brewing Company

Today, myself and a friend from work decided that it was about time we try home brewing for ourselves.  We visited a local home brew shop, purchased a starter kit and bragged to all who would listen that our home brewed beer will be the finest in all the land.  Will it be?  Only time will tell.  I just hope it won’t be anything like todays beer.

Beer #64 is Fleur De Lehigh by Philadelphia Brewing Company.  A Belgian Pale Ale with an ABV 4.5%…sounded good but oh how things can go south in a hurry…or in this case a pour.

My first indication something was wrong was in the pour.  I could have sworn that there were quite a few chunky particles being released into the glass.  Sure enough when I held it up to the light, swirling around were a bunch of chunks of I don’t know what.  Some were the size of salt crystals, big salt crystals… similar to the sea salt you may find on a table at a restaurant.  If you look close in the photo above, you can see the particles.  The color was a murky gold color.  The nose was absolutely horrible.  The aromas were sour, acetic, vinegar…obviously a beer that has gone bad.  I took a few sips, very unpleasant.  This one went right down the drain.  This was another first for me…I have never had a beer that has gone bad.

I won’t give a rating since it would be unfair to rate a spoiled or bad beer.

To keep the 365 going I had a brew by Magic Hat, Blind Faith.  It was getting late so I will give my opinions of that one (I have another in the fridge) later in the week.

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Star Island Single by Smuttynose Brewing Company

Beer #37 is Star Island Single by Smuttynose Brewing Company.  A Belgian Pale Ale with an ABV of 5.8%, this Belgian comes to me from New Hampshire.

This beer looks absolutely delicious but with my cold still hanging on, I will not be able to truly enjoy this one.

Heres to hoping tomorrow will be a better day.  Off to bed now.

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