Beer #200 Brasserie Thiriez Dalva

Brasserie Thiriez Dalva

Brasserie Thiriez Dalva

Name: Dalva

Style: Double IPA

Brewery: Brasserie Thiriez website

Country: France

Region: Esquelbecq

ABV: 8.5% abv

How served: 750ml capped bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary tulip.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good. 4 Stars a

I paired this beer with: 4 cheese pizza topped with anchovies & spicy green olives.

Tasted on: Tuesday April 30, 2013

Notes: This beer gets its name from the book Dalva written by Jim Harrison.

This is a Bottle conditioned beer which is best consumed by August 2013.

The beer poured a clear golden color with a 3 finger white head which left a mild lacing on the glass.

The nose was of citrus and floral hops along with a mild sweetness and hints of pepper, cloves and yeast.

The taste started off slightly sweet from the malts followed with a mild bitterness from the hops which contained mild notes of citrus, grapefruit and piney resin also in the background was a spicy/peppery taste. The beer finished dry.

This beer had a medium body with a medium level of carbonation and only a mild hint of the alcohol level.

Overall this was a very good and complex brew. Would I have considered it to be a double IPA it I did not know what I was drinking? I would say no, it tasted to me like a very hoppy farmhouse ale/saison. I also regret not drinking this brew fresh, after I purchased it in October 2012, even though the label says best by August 2013.

I am looking forward to trying this beer again when we visit Brasserie Thiriez on our Grand Crus to Farmhouse Brews Beercation Cruise through Belgium & France in October when we will be traveling with our special guest brewer Bob Sylvester of Saint Somewhere Brewing.

On the Label: Cons de préf: 08/2013 lot 306 56 IBU

« Une seule bouteille de bière suffit à engendrer un flot de grandes pensées… » Jim Harrison, DALVA ( loosely translated into English : Only one beer bottle is enough to generate a flood of great thoughts)

India Pale Ale est un style de bière ne en Angleterre au XVIIIème siècle. Destinée a voyager loin et longtemps, cette bière était plus forte, et surtout plus houblonnée pour assurer sa conservation. Plus puissantes et plus aromatiques encore, les « double IPA » font revivre cette tradition. Dalva est l’interprétation personnelle de Daniel Thiriez. (loosely translated into English: India Pale Ale is a beer style in England at the 18th century. Intended to travel far and for a long time, this beer was stronger, and was extra hopped especially to ensure its conservation. More powerful and aromatic still, the “double IPA” revives this tradition. Dalva is the personal interpretation of Daniel Thiriez.

From their website:

La dalva est de couleur ambrée, aux reflets légèrements cuivrés. Une bière puissante qui conjugue les arômes fruités des houblons américains et une amertume agréable et persistance en bouche.
Accords : plats épicés (curry, gingembre)

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Beer #199 Weyerbacher Riserva 2012

Weyerbacher Riserva 2012

Weyerbacher Riserva 2012

Name: Riserva 2012

Style: American Wild Ale

Brewery:  Weyerbacher Brewing Co  website

Country: USA

Region: Easton, Pennsylvania

ABV: no abv listed on bottle or their website.  11.4% abv

How served:  750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip. glass.   

My Overall Opinion: Very Good. 4 Stars a

I paired this beer with:  Xtra-Hot Grilled Chicken wings.  Awesome pairing.  Heat from the wings was balanced perfectly with the crisp tangy tart raspberry.

Tasted on:  Saturday April 6, 2013

Notes:  

The beer poured a cloudy reddish brown with a 1 finger off white head.  This brew left no lacing on the glass. .

The nose was of tart raspberries, mildly acidic with hint of woodies oak.  

The taste was like biting into a raspberry sweet tart, without having an over the top raspberry flavor nor sweetness.  As time went by the brew became tarter (acidic) and some of the woody oak flavors came through.   The finish was very dry and refreshing with almost no hint of alcohol.

This beer had a medium crisp body with a low level of carbonation.

Overall I really like this brew; I feel it is something which might benefit from a little age on it too.   

On the Label:

Ale with Raspberry Puree added and Aged in Oak Barrels

From their website:

Riserva 2012 is an American Wild Ale fermented on red raspberries. Riserva is fermented with a blend of Saccharomyces yeast, Brettanomyces yeast, and lactic acid bacteria that produce funky, sour, and fruity flavors and aromas. The beer is aged for more than a year in oak barrels with Raspberries, giving the beer a pungent raspberry aroma, a lovely red color and a balancing wood character. This brew is a beautiful beer both to your eyes and to your taste buds. The microflora responsible for giving Riserva its character reside in the wood barrels and change somewhat over time depending upon factors such as the age of the barrel and the ambient temperature at which the barrels are stored. New barrels are rotated into the mix as old barrels are rotated out and as such, Riserva varies somewhat in color and tartness from year to year. Riserva is much higher in alcohol than its Belgian lambic framboise cousins and is a true treat to experience.

A very limited quantity of Riserva is distributed to select states.

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Beer #198 Victory White Monkey

Victory White Monkey

Victory White Monkey

Name: White Monkey

Style: Tripel

Brewery:  Victory Brewing Company  website

Country: USA

Region: Downingtown, Pennsylvania

ABV:  9.5% abv

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

My Overall Opinion: Very Good 4 Stars a

I paired this beer with:  Grilled Salmon.

Tasted on:  Tuesday April 2, 2013

Notes:  

This  beer poured a clear golden color with a thin white head which dissipated quickly leaving a minimal lace on my glass.       

The nose was had notes of pepper & minimal banana, along with sweet white grapes and coriander.

The taste was very pleasant with light notes of banana & cloves to go along with some nice semi sharp spiciness from the yeast which balances with a mild white grape and fruity sweetness. This beer finishes on the dry side with a touch of oakiness.  

This beer had a light to medium crisp body with a slick/smooth warming from the alcohol with a minimal  carbonation level.

Overall I was very pleased with this beer & prefer this to the Golden Monkey 

On the Label:

Since his birth in 1997, our beloved Golden Monkey has remained playfully delightful and profoundly satisfying. His soul continues to glow with the wisdom of ages and inspired our own stroke of genius. Restless from his continuous journey to joy, we felt that some quiet time in American oak barrels that once matured white wine would further soothe this ale’s silken soul. After his three-month retreat, Golden Monkey emerged refreshed and invigorated with new character and flavor nuances that only make him more profound, and possibly even more playful.

Cheers,

               Bill & Ron

               Brewmasters at Victory

 

From their website:

White Monkey: Malt Beverage Aged In Wine Barrels

Since his birth in 1997, our beloved Golden Monkey has remained playfully delightful and profoundly satisfying. His soul continues to glow with the wisdom of ages and inspired our own stroke of genius. Restless from his continuous journey to joy, we felt that some quiet time in American oak barrels that once matured white wine would further soothe this ale’s silken soul. After his three-month retreat, Golden Monkey emerged refreshed and invigorated with new character and flavor nuances that only make him more profound, and possibly even more playful.

Composition

Malt: imported 2 row malts

Hops: whole flower European hops and coriander seed

ABV: 9.5%

Availability

Limited release in 750ml caged and corked bottles and on draft

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