Sunday, May 24, 2009
Our local Irish bar, Meg O'Malley's has it on tap, so I had to try it (a few times).
First off, it arrives without the dramatic nitrogen cascading bubbles and virtually no head. It seems much lighter & less carbonated than the traditional pint.
Lots of coffee flavors...and cola? First impressions lead me to believe it's a new half stout-half cola concoction. It's much thinner and lighter than its sibling. There's a little bit of bitterness and slightly sour taste you'd expect, but it's a very pleasant beer.
I think I actually prefer this to the original.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Nøgne Ø (pronounced something like "NIRG-nuh IR") means "naked island" from a Henrik Ibsen line, by the way.
I selected the Brown Ale, 4.5% abv.
It pours with a minimal head, high carbonation, and a sweet, toasty coffee smell. Mmmm...
The tast is all that and more, with amazing coffee, chocolate, and toastier than most brown flavors. It has a looooong roasted finish.
Truly amazing. This is one of my favorite styles, brewed in my favorite way. Love it.
BJ's brews (contract brewed by St. Arnold) are all pretty nice, so I thought I'd try the pilsner to wash down the rest of my buffalo chicken pizza.
Not much to say - super clear yellow, with pretty good carbonation, but lacking in any sort of head (maybe the glass isn't the cleanest).
Still, the taste is pleasant, with some nice grassy hops and a clean finish. Very refreshing - I'd order it again, but it's hard not to constantly rotate between all the brews on tap there.
Cari would love this one.
First is Nit Wit, a Belgian Wit (or "white") beer, 4.5% abv, part of their 2009 seasonal beer series.
As you can see, it pours a nice hazy light yellow-orange, but without much head. There's a nice, fruity, yeasty nose.
The wheat taste comes through, along with orange peel and coriander, maybe some faint lemon. It's pretty tasty - light and refreshing but full of complex flavors.
Stone Imperial Russian Stout, 10.5%, Limited Release for Spring 2009.
I've really been enjoying the offerings from Stone Brewing Company since they made their Florida appearance this year, and I've been drinking a lot of Russian Imperial Stouts recently, so I was especially excited to try this beer.
It pours thick, like motor oil with a massive root beer float head. The smell of dark fruit, coffee, and malt makes my mouth water.
The taste is somewhat aggressive...heavy on the palate, but tapers to a smooth chocolate. It's incredibly thick.
I can't help but think this would taste much better in about a year. I think I sampled this way too young - it really needs to mellow and let the flavors blend a bit.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Another tough day at work, another excuse for a world-class glass of Belgian beer. This time it's Brasserie Dupont's Moinette Blonde, a 8.5% abv ale in a 750ml corked bottle. Most people are pretty familiar with their Saison, but I thought I'd try the blonde, since it's definitely turning out to be one of my favorite styles.
This one fills up the glass with an enormous pillowy head that eventually punches down into nothing. The color is quite a bit lighter than in the picture- more hazy orange than brown.
The aroma is nothing short of wild. Lots of funky hay with some raisin and citrus. Sorta smells like it was made in a barn.
That untamed aroma makes the taste all the more surprising - there's some peppery hops up front, but that gives way to some alcohol phenols, coriander, pears...light sweetness underneath. The body is fairly light, and the finish is pretty dry. Going back to the glass, you're hit by that powerful nose again. This beer takes over your senses of smell and taste, and numbs the rest. Really top-notch and a must try.