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Biere De Mars by Southampton Publick House

Time to grill…time for a beer.  Hmm…makes me wonder how grilled beer would be?  Probably not good unless you use it to grill brats in.

Beer #212 is Biere De Mars by Southampton Publick House from Southampton, New York.  Brewed in the style of a Biere De Garde  (what?), this brew has an ABV of 6.5%.  A Biere de Garde is a French farmhouse ale typically brewed in winter or spring.  Biere De Mars in French means “March Beer”.  Let me tell you, there is nothing like springtime in France…not that I have ever been to France but I have heard it is truly magical in the spring.

This beer had a light amber or honey color with just a touch of a white head. The nose was caramel malts, earth, and a very faint citrus like fruity aroma.  It was pretty one sided taste wise, nothing but sweet caramel and bread (I guess that is more two sided than one).  The carbonation was kind of low and it had a slightly heavy body being almost syrupy.

This wasn’t what I was expecting when I saw farmhouse ale on the label.  I was expecting something more like a Saison.  It was OK but it didn’t really go good standing at a hot grill on a hot day.  One and done.  Lets move on to beer #213…shall we?

Rating: C

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Belzebuth by Brasserie Grain d' Orge

Vive la France!  I guess that is a hint as to where tonights brew is from…France.

Beer #120 is Belzebuth by Brasserie Grain d’ Orge from France.  They brew Belzebuth in the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and strong it is with an ABV of 13%.  Interesting thing is Belzebuth, among other things (evil things that is), is a long haired spider monkey from South America.

I pulled out a pilsner glass, I know it isn’t the proper glass, but I like the way my Lenox pilsner glasses look.  And I look damn cool drinking from them…weather it is beer or water.  So into it went this brew which was a dark orange or amber color.  It had a small white head.  The nose was sweet, fruits and malts, like a peach or apricot (fruit cocktail in a can is another way to describe the nose).  It smelled thick and syrupy and very boozy.  I took a sip and the sweet fruitiness from the nose is there along with the alcohol.  That alcohol packs quite a punch.  The mouthfeel is on the heavy side and is indeed syrupy.  It coats the tongue and mouth very well.  Tis a sipper for sure.  Even know it was only an 8.4 oz bottle, the alcohol was having its way with me and I was feeling quite jolly halfway through.

I kind of liked this, not as an everyday session type beer but more of a late night, once in a blue moon, kick back and relax sipping drink.  I’m not a drinker of hard liquor (scotch, whiskey, etc.) but I could see myself drinking this as someone would drink them.  I guess you could say it would make a good nightcap.

Rating: B

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