Beer #171 Goose Island Pere Jacques 2010

Goose Island Pere Jacques 2010

Name: Pere Jacques 2010

Style:  Dubbel

Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co.  website

Country: USA

Region:   Chicago, Illinois

ABV: 8.0% Abv

How served:  22oz capped bottle poured into a Malheur glass.  

My Overall Opinion:  Good

I paired this beer with:  Grilled salmon steaks.   

Tasted on:  Wednesday May 25, 2011  

Notes:  The beer was a hazy light reddish brown.  On my first pour, which was aggressive, there was just about no head on the beer.  On my second pour I had a very thin layer of an off white head & on my 3rd and last pour (above photo) I ended up with a nice fluffy 1 finger off white head.  The foam on all 3 pours dissipated rather quickly leaving almost no lacing on my glass.

The nose was sweet with roasted malts, caramel, dark dried fruits and candi sugar.

The taste was very sweet and I picked up dried dark fruits and caramel, this brew finished on the drier side.   

It had a mild to medium mouthfeel with too little carbonation for the style.   

 The drinkability was very good with a nice warmth from the alcohol.

Overall I’m glad I had a chance to try it,  but I’ve had way too many better dubbels then this one.   If the carbonation level was a little higher I bet that this brew would have tasted less sweet to me & I would have most likely bumped this up to a Very Good.  

On the Label:  Bottle date: 02/26/10  lot 1456

Abbey ale inspired by visits to Belgium.  Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years

From their website:   
Brewer’s Notes:

Brewed with loads of malt and Belgian yeast, Pere Jacques is a wonderfully fruity, malty ale. Pere Jacques’ complex flavors stand shoulder to shoulder with the Belgian Dubbels enjoyed in the world’s finest beer bars. At the dining table it’s the perfect alternative to a glass of vintage port.

Recipe Information:

Style: Belgian Style Abbey Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 8%
International Bitterness Units: 26
Color: Warm Molasses
Hops: Saaz
Malt: 2-Row, Wheat, Caramel, Rye Flakes, Special B

Serving Suggestions:

Preferred Glass: Wide Mouth Glass
Food Pairings: Pere Jacques pairs with a wide variety of foods, its intense flavors complement rich flavors like bittersweet chocolate or wild game and contrast with spicy flavors like curries.

Cheese Pairings: Aged Gouda, Stilton
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years

World Beer Championships Recognition:

Judging Category: Abbey Dubbel Ale
2011: Gold Medal

Beer #170 La Choulette Les Bière Des Sans Culottes

La Choulette Les Bière Des Sans Culottes

Name: Les Bière Des Sans Culottes

Style:  Bière de Garde

Brewery: Brasserie La Choulette  website

Country: France

Region:   Hordain

ABV: 7.0% Abv

How served:  750ml corked and caged bottle poured into an Oerbier long stemmed glass.  

My Overall Opinion:  Very Good 

I paired this beer with:  Bar-B-Q chicken with Stubb’s Moppin Sauce.  Nice!

Tasted on:  Sunday May 22, 2011  

Notes: The beer poured a hazy light straw color with a fluffy 1+ finger white head and left a very nice sticky lacing on my glass.   

The nose as mild with notes of sweat bread, mild pepper, dried grass and floral.   

The taste was light and sweet upfront with caramel, toasted bread and some citrus fruits and ended more on the dry side.  

The  mouthfeel was a mild to  medium body and creamy smooth.

 The drinkability was very good with a good balance.  A nice easy drinking and refreshing brew.

 On the Label:  A charming small brewery whose beers are classics of the French farmhouse style.  La Choulette’s bière s de garde (literally “beers for keeping”, or hardy beers meant for long storage) stand among the greatest beers of the world.  This, the brewer’s masterpiece, pays homage to the Sans Culottes – the “trouserless” laborers who could not afford uniforms but unflinchingly did the handiwork of the French Revolution.  Many brewers were counted in their ranks.

 Golden Sans Culottes is esteemed for its enticing aromatic bouquet.  Rich in character, the extraordinarily balanced palate is at once fruity and delicate, malty and warming.  Serve lightly chilled.

Best before end: 30. 10. 09

World Classic Bière de Garde.  Michael Jackson Pocket Guide to Beer.  See Michael Jackson’s Ultimate Beer for suggestions on matching superb La Choulette beers with great food.

 From their website: Website is in French & has been translated into English

 La bière des Sans Culottes (alcool 7 % vol.)
bras­sée dans la plus pure tra­di­tion des bras­se­ries du Nord, elle est une bière de garde authen­ti­que, dorée, ronde et par­fu­mée.
Servie à une tem­pé­ra­ture entre 8° et 10°C, elle révèle la finesse de son amer­tume et tout son carac­tère.
Conditionnement : bou­teille de 25 cl et 75 cl.

Récompense :  + Médaille d’Argent au World Beer Championships en 1995 à Chicago.

 Beer of the Sans Culottes(alcohol 7% vol.) 
brewed in the tradition of brewing North, she is a true lager beer, gold, round and fragrant.   Served at a temperature between 8 ° and 10 ° C, it reveals the subtlety of his bitterness and his whole character. 
Packaging: bottle of 25 cl and 75 cl.

Reward:  + Silver Medal at World Beer Championships in Chicago in 1995. 

Too much breast for Missouri?

Madame, couvrez ce sein que je ne saurais voir ! *

Tels pour­raient être les propos des repré­sen­tants de l’État du Missouri qui, en 2000, a sus­pendu la com­mer­cia­li­sa­tion de la bière des Sans Culottes.

Aux États-Unis, Shelton Broers, gros­siste et impor­ta­teur de la Brasserie La Choulette, dis­tri­bue la bière des Sans Culottes avec une étiquette repro­dui­sant un tableau d’Eugène Delacroix (1798 -1863) ; la Liberté gui­dant le peuple sur les bar­ri­ca­des. L’artiste pein­tre avait repré­senté au côté de gavro­che une jeune femme se tenant sur les bar­ri­ca­des de juillet, bran­dis­sant sous la mitraille le dra­peau fran­çais et, oh ! déshon­neur, la poi­trine dénu­dée.

Un sein de trop pour l’État du Missouri. Pourtant, l’œuvre illus­tre les manuels sco­lai­res des petits Français ; elle a même figuré sur les tim­bres et les billets de banque. Elle fit, il est vrai, scan­dale en France lors de son accro­chage au Salon des indé­pen­dants. Mais c’était en 1831 et pour d’autres rai­sons !

De même, 3 ans avant le sein dénudé de Janet Jackson lors de la finale du Super Bowl (février 2004), la bière des Sans Culotte cho­quait déjà une partie de l’Amérique.

Ainsi, dans l’État du Missouri, la bière des Sans Culottes est à regar­der… avec modé­ra­tion ; tout abus n’est-il pas dan­ge­reux pour la santé ! ! !

*Acte III, scène2 – Tartuffe de Molière (1664).

Madam, cover the breast that I can not see! *

These could be about the representatives of the State of Missouri, in 2000, suspended the marketing of beer Sans Culottes.

United States, Shelton Broers, wholesaler and importer of Brasserie La Choulette, distributes beer Sans Culottes with a label, a painting by Eugene Delacroix (1798 -1863); Liberty Leading the People on the barricades. The artist had represented the side of a street urchin girl standing on the barricades of July, under fire waving the French flag and, oh! dishonor, chest bare.

A breast too much for Missouri. Yet, the work illustrates the textbooks of French children and has even appeared on stamps and banknotes. She did, indeed, a scandal in France during his hanging in the Salon of Independents.  But it was in 1831 and for other reasons!

Similarly, three years before Janet Jackson’s exposed breast during the Super Bowl (February 2004), the beer Without Panties shocked already a part of America.

Thus, in the State of Missouri, the Sans Culottes beer is watching … in moderation, abuse is not it dangerous for health! ! ! ! !

* Act III, Scene2 – Molière’s Tartuffe (1664).

Notre clin d’œil régional:  Le nom de cette bière rappelle les évènements de la Révolution de 1789 qui ont abouti à la suppression des taxes et des contraintes imposées par l’Ancien Régime aux brasseurs et aux consommateurs de bière.
Le terme des “Sans Culottes” désignait les révolutionnaires, en effet ceux-ci portaient le pantalon et non la culotte.

The name of this beer recalls the events of the Revolution of 1789 which led to the removal of taxes and the constraints imposed by the ancient regime to brewers and beer drinkers. 
The term “Sans Culottes” meant the revolutionaries, in fact they wore trousers, not shorts.

Beer #169 Weihenstephan Vitus

Name: Vitus

Style:  Weizenbock

Brewery: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan  website

Country: Germany

Region:   Freising

ABV: 7.7 % Abv

How served:  500ml capped bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada wheat beer glass.  

My Overall Opinion:  Amazing

I paired this beer with:  a bag of Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips, yummy!!!

Tasted on:  Sunday May 8, 2011  

Notes: The beer poured a cloudy light gold with a massive 5 finger white head on a very slow pour. The foam hung around for a longtime leaving a nice lacing on my glass.   

The nose was of bananas, cloves, bubblegum and citrus. 

The taste was of spicy pepper and cloves, banana and coriander as well as wheat bread; this beer was crisp and refreshing.

The  mouthfeel of a medium body with some nice warmth from the alcohol.

 The drinkability of excellent. 

This is one of the best Weizenbocks I’ve tasted & will be looking forward to enjoying a few more as we head into the summer months.  Prost!

On the Label:  Brewed Under the Purity Law of 1516.      7.7% alc/vol.       Store Dark and Keep Cool 46° – 52° F

 From their websiteA light-coloured, spicy single-bock wheat beer, for both beer lovers and the beer connoisseur.  Extra long and cold storage in our monastery cellars makes this single-bock a really special beer with full body and a distinctively great mouthfeel. Prost!

Original wort: 16.5% by weight

Bitter value: 17

Alcohol content: 7.7% by vol.

Calories: 260 kcal/0.5l


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