Beer #179 De Proef Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale

De Proef Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale

Name: Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale

Style:  Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Brewery:  De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)  website

Country: Belgium

Region:   Lochristi-Hijifte

ABV: 9.0% abv

How served:  750ml caged and corked bottle poured into a Maredsous glass.     

My Overall Opinion:  Very Good. 

I paired this beer with:   Pasta with a sausage based tomato sauce.  Nice Match.

Tasted on:  Friday July 22, 2011  

Notes:  This beer pours a semi clear gold with a 1 finger white head which dissipated slowly leaving a thin and small lacing on my glass.    

The nose was rock candy sweet, fruity and musty.   

The taste was like the nose and started off rock candy sweet and a little bit fruity,  then mid way through I picked up some spices and a touch of bitterness to balance off the initial sweetness.  Near the finish there was a very mild musty and wet grass flavor with no hint of the 9.0% abv and a dry finish.

This beer had a medium body with an active  carbonation level.       

The drinkability was good and this was a refreshing brew. As long as you don’t let the name Flemish Wild Ale deceive you into expecting a very funky or sour brew you will not be disappointed and will really enjoy this beer.  Worthy of finding a bottle to try it.

On the Label:  Brewmaster’s Collection Special Reserve.  The Legendary Cunning Fox.  Bottle Conditioned.   Triple Fermented using two yeast strains.   Saccharomyces + Brettanomyces

From their website:    Nothing there!

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Beer #178 Southampton Cuvée des Fleurs

Southampton Cuvée des Fleurs

Name: Cuvée des Fleurs

Style:  Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Brewery:  Southampton Publick House website

Country: USA

Region:   Southampton, New York

ABV: 8.2%% abv

How served:  750ml caged and corked bottle poured into Ommegang glass.     

My Overall Opinion:  Very Good

I paired this beer with:   Salmon filets with fennel and leeks wrapped with foil and then placed on the grill to be steamed in its own juices.   Yummy!!!!

Tasted on:  Thursday July 21, 2011  

Notes:  This beer pours a hazy yellowish gold with a fluffy almost 3 finger white head which lingered until I was about halfway done with my glass leaving a sticky lacing on my glass.    

The nose was like whiffing a flowery perfume with some sweet citrus and bubblegum.   

The taste starts off slightly sweet and like you’re drinking a bouquet of flowers. A very nice bouquet of flowers that is.  I also picked up some citrus and honey.  Near the finish this beer ending on a dry note.

This beer had a medium to light body with a low to medium carbonation level.       

The drinkability was good, but just a little bit too sweet for my idea of a perfect saison.  The 8.2% abv was undetectable.  

On the Label97678 by 6/12 14.  Ale Brewed With Flowers and Rose Water.

Cuvée des Fleurs is a unique brew of our own imagination.  We flavor this distinguished ale with a variety of flowers, including L. augustifolia, A. nobilis, C. officinalis and a generous amount of H. lupus.

From their website:    Cuvèe des Fleurs roughly translates to “batch of the flowers”. This most distinctive ale is flavored with a variety of edible flowers. Aromatic and medicinal flowers such as Lavender, Chamomile, Calendula, Rose Hips and Hops (they’re flowers too!) are added to this special brew to impart a distinct aroma and flavor.

Beer #177 Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout

Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout (Note:the lettering should be purple, but the flash turned it blue)

Name: Imperial Stout

Style:  Russian Imperial Stout

Brewery:  Nøgne Ø Det Kompromisslose Bryggeri A/S website

Country: Norway

Region:   Grimstad

ABV: 9.0% abv

How served:  500ml capped bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.    

My Overall Opinion:  Very Good

I paired this beer with:   Nothing.

Tasted on:  Wednesday July 13, 2011  

Notes: 

This beer pours out a thick hazy dark brown to black with a large billowing tan head which left a nice lacing on my glass.    

The nose is heavy with roasted coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate and a bit of smoke.   

The taste is of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and sweet molasses with a dry finish.

This beer has a thick, chewy and creamy mouthfeel with a perfect level of carbonation for the style.      

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

Overall this is a very delicious beer, but it is better off drunk in the wintertime instead of the middle of July, or maybe I should have turned my a/c down to 60 degrees.

On the LabelA rich, dark ale in which a generous sweetness perfectly balanced roasted malt bitterness.  Serving temp 10°C/50°F.  Great with vanilla ice cream or dark chocolate.  Ingredients: Maris Otter-, Munich-, crystal-, chocolate-, black-, oat-, wheat-malt and roasted barley.  Columbus hops, English ale yeast and our local Grimstad water.

“The name Nøgne Ø means “naked island”, a poetic term used by Henrik Ibsen to describe any of the countless stark, barren outcroppings that are visible in the rough seas off Norway’s southern coast, where the brewery sits. The founders gave Nøgne Ø a subtitle- “ The Uncompromising Brewery” – a plain statement of their mission to make ales of personality and individuality Brewing in traditional styles, but thoroughly inspired by the boldness of American brewing these Norwegian brewers fearlessly chart their own course.

From their website:   IMPERIAL STOUT 23°P,75 IBU, 9% ALC/VOL

We think the russian tsar would have liked his stout this way. A dark, rich ale in which a generous sweetness with roasted malt bitterness. Serving temp.10°C/50°F. Great with vanilla ice cream or dark chocolate.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, roasted barley, oat, black, and chocolate malt; Columbus and Crystal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

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