Impromptu Tasting of 19 Beers.

Saturday night started out as 3 couples (my wife & I, my neighbor and another couple) who planned a mellow evening of grilling steak and drinking only a few beers.  Well it turned out to become an impromptu tasting in which we had the opportunity to taste 13 different beers style from the 19 beers we went through that evening.   

After 19 beers & 24 glasses

Here are almost all the bottles and all of the glassware 6 people went through on the evening.  Having all those beers made cleaning the glasses a little easier.

 The Aperitif Beers:   

 

Cigar City Jai Alai

Beer #1:  Jai Alai

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing.  Tampa, Florida

Style: I.P.A.

ABV: 7.5% 

21st Amendment Hell of High Watermelon Wheat Beer

Beer #2:  Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer

Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery.   San Francisco, California

Style: American Wheat/Fruit                                

ABV: 4.9% 

Rodenbach Vin de Céréale

Beer #3: Vin de Céréale.  2004 bottle #7392

 Brewery: Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.  Roeselare Belgium (Brouwerij Palm NV)

Style: Flanders Red Ale

ABV: 10.0% 

Goose Island Sofie 2009

Beer #4:  Sofie

Brewery: Goose Island.  Chicago, Illinois

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

ABV: 6.5% 

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

Beer #5:  Beer Geek Breakfast

Brewery: Mikkeller. København, Denmark (Brewed at Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway)

Style: Oatmeal Stout w/ Coffee

ABV: 7.5%  

Kern River Just Outstanding IPA

Beer #6:  Just Outstanding IPA

Brewery: Kern River Brewing Company.  Kernville, California

Style: I.P.A.

ABV: 6.8%  

Pisgah Baptista

Beer #7:  Pisgah Baptista

Brewery: Pisgah Brewing Co.  Black Mountain, North Carolina

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 11.5%

 Dinner drinks:

Beers #8 & #9 were paired with grilled Filet Mignon, grilled asparagus and corn on the cob.

Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale Special Reserve

Beer #8:  Abbey Ale Special Reserve

Brewery: Ølfabrikken   Roskilde, Denmark

Style: Dubbel

ABV: 8.5% 

AleSmith 2009 Decadence

Beer #9:  Decadence 2009 Anniversary Ale

Brewery: AleSmith Brewing Company.  San Diego, California

Style: Dunkel Weizenbock

ABV: 9.0%

 Pre Dessert Beers: 

 
 
 

Good Karma Tripel version 5, 6 and 9

Vertical Tasting of Good Karma Tripel Version #5, #6 & #9

(IMHO Version #6 was the better of the three. It is an outstanding example of the classic Belgian Tripel)

 Beer #10:  Tripel #5 (made with Westmalle yeast) 

Brewery: Good Karma Brewing.  Boca Raton, Florida

Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.0 %  

 

Beer #11:  Tripel #6 (made with LaChouffe yeast,  sold as Ardennes yeast)

Brewery: Good Karma Brewing.  Boca Raton, Florida

Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.0 %  

 

Beer #12:  Tripel #9   (made with Uniboue yeast)

Brewery: Good Karma Brewing.  Boca Raton, Florida

Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.0 %  

 The Dessert Beers, Part 1:

Beer #13 & #14 are paired with chocolate cover strawberries

Southern Tier Crème Brûleé Stout

Beer #13: Crème Brûleé Stout

Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Company.  Lakewood, New York

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.2% 

Consecration in the glass with Supplication, Crème Brûleé, Older Viscosity & Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Beer #14:  Older Viscosity

Brewery: Port Brewing Company / Pizza Port.  San Marcos, California 

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 12.10%

 The Palate Cleanser:  

Beer #15:  Supplication

Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company.  Santa Rosa, California

Style:  American Wild Ale

ABV: 7.0%

The Dessert Beers, Part 2:

Beer #16 was paired with a chocolate lava cake.

 

 Beer #16:  Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Brewery:  Mikkeller. København, Denmark (Brewed at Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway)

Style: Imperial Oatmeal Stout w/ Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee

ABV: 10.9%

 The Digestif Beers: 

 
 
 

De Dolle Stille Nacht

Beer #17:  Stille Nacht

Brewery: De Dolle Brouwers.  Esen, Belgium

Style: Belgium Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 12.0%

 

Beer #18: Consecration

Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company.  Santa Rosa, California

Style:  American Wild Ale

ABV: 10.0%

De Proefbrouwerij Boerinneken

 Beer #19:  Boerinneken

Brewery: De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot).  Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 9.5%

 My Favorite Brew of the Day:

Vin de Céréale. 

 My Least Favorite Brew of the Day:

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Ale

 
 
 
 
 

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Beer #122 Russian River Supplication

Russian River Supplication

Name:  Supplication

Style:  American Wild Ale

Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company website

Country:  USA

Region: Santa Rosa, California

ABV: 7.0% Abv

How served: 375ml caged and corked bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens glass. (I love those pink elephants)       

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.  

I paired this beer with: Nothing.

Tasted on:  Friday June 11th, 2010. 

Note:  This is Batch 04×4.  This bottle opened with a champagne like “pop”.  It poured with a small fluffy head on my slow pour to avoid any yeast on my 1st glass of this beer.  The nose was slightly funky with some sour cherries.  The taste was well… amazing.  You first get hit with a mild puckering tartness followed with delicious sour cherries, and then I picked up some oak and maybe a tad of the pinot.   As for the Brown Ale, well I couldn’t tell what the base beer was if I wasn’t told.  This beer is extremely refreshing for a tart/sour beer and the mouth feel was well… mixed with a tongue twisting tartness and had a massaging action from the medium level of carbonation.  I am a huge fan of Lambics, Gueuze and Wild Ales and Supplication is, if not the top, very close to the top of my list of all time favorites in those styles.   This brew should age very well over the next 3-5 years, so I’m glad I have a few more bottles.

On the Label:  Supplication, sup·pl·ca·tion, n 1. To ask for humbly or earnestly, as by praying. 2. To make a humble entreaty to; beseech.

The beer inside this bottle took more than a year to make- a reasonable length of time for a fine wine, but not for beer.  This is, in fact, a brown ale aged in used pinot noir wine barrels.  During the barrel aging, sour cherries, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus were added to each barrel, imparting a nice cherry flavor and sourness.  While most winemakers and brewers cringe at the idea of adding Brett and bacteria to their wine or beer, our brewer Vinnie Cilurzo embraces these unusual ingredients in beer, despite his winemaking background.  Ironically, Vinnie decided his winemaking days were through when he discovered it takes just twenty-one days to make beer.  Years later, it takes him over a year to make this beer!  Supplication is refermented in this bottle to create its carbonation – a process commonly used to make fine Champagne and sparkling wine. Spent yeast forms a thin layer of sediment in the bottle, adding yet another layer of complexity and flavors.  Pour slowly as to allow the natural yeast sediment to remain in the bottle.  

From their website: Supplication: Brown Ale aged in French oak Pinot Noir barrels with three strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus and sour cherries .

7.0%ABV / 1.064 O.G / 27 BUs

Silver Medal, 2007 GABF (Belgian-style Sour Ale)
Silver Medal, 2005 GABF (Belgian-style Sour Ale)

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Beer # 64 Damnation

Russian River Damnation

We just returned from Belgium after spending 8 days meeting with vendors for our beer tour company, Bon Beer Voyage (www.bonbeer.com) . We visited Bruges, Gent,  Antwerp, Mechelen & Brussels (yes, of course Westvleteren as well!)  Over the next few days I will be posting the many beer encounters we had- including  a tasting  of what could possibly be a 40+ years old Westvleteren 8.

This US version of a Belgium Strong Pale Ale held up well to what I had enjoyed in Belgium over the last 8 days, however it was not even close to the best beer I’ve tasted there.

Name: Damnation

Style:   Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company.  website

Country: USA

Region:  Santa Rosa, California

ABV: 7.75%

How served: 22oz corked and caged bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.     

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Baked Macaroni.

Tasted on: Monday January 4, 2010.

Note:  This was batch # 041, which means it was brewed on 6/15/08 & bottled on 7/17/08.  Primary Yeast was Trappist Ale Yeast & Conditioning Yeast R.R.Wine 1.

On the Label: dam·na·tion, n 1. The act of damning. 2. The state of being condemned to eternal punishment in hell.

Damnation is refermented in this bottle to create its fine carbonation.  Spent yeast cells form a thin layer of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, adding more complexity and flavor.  Pour slowly, allowing the natural yeast sediment to remain in the bottle.

Overall this was a very tasty and refreshing beer & is very much recommended, however I felt it tasted better with 1 year aging vs. this one which I aged for almost 18 months.

 From their website:   In the great beer producing country of Belgium, some brewers have made it a tradition to give their beers an unusual name. Sometimes the name is curious, now and then it is diabolical and other times it is just plain silly. Damnation is our brewmaster’s interpretation of a Belgian style Strong Golden Ale. It has extraordinary aromas of banana and pear with mouth filling flavors of sweet malt and earthy hops. The lingering finish is dry and slightly bitter but very, very smooth.

7.0%ABV / 1.068 O.G / 25 BUs

Silver Medal, 2004 GABF (Belgian Style Ale Category)
Silver Medal, 2001 GABF (Belgian Style Ale Category)
Gold Medal, 1999 GABF (Belgian Style Ale Category)

Available Year Round in the pub, for distribution, and in 750mL cork finished bottles.

Beer #30 Blind Pig

Blind Pig

Name: Blind Pig

Style: IPA

Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company website

Country: USA

Region: Santa Rosa, California

ABV: 6.10%

How served: 500 ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: some pre-thanksgiving snacks.

Tasted on: Thursday November 26, 2009

Note: Great nose, but what does one expect when you get a fresh Californian hopped beer.  Bottled on 10 30 09

 “Blind Pig IPA: Blind Pig IPA was originally brewed by Vinnie at Blind Pig Brewing Co. in Temecula CA. Inspired by the original Blind Pig IPA, this beer is loaded with hop character but only has 6.0% ABV.

6.0%ABV, 1.060 O.G

Silver Medal, 2007 GABF (American IPA)
Gold Medal, 2006 World Beer Cup (American IPA Category)

Available year round in the pub, for distribution, and in 500mL bottles.”

Beer #4 Pliny The Elder

Pliny The Elder

Pliny The Elder

Name: Pliny The Elder

Style: Imperial IPA

Brewery: Russian River Brewing Co.  website

Country: USA

Region: Santa Rosa, California

ABV: 8.00%

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

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.   This is the definition of “drinkability”.

I paired this beer with: Boars Head hot Abruzzese sausage and Dubliner cheese.

Tasted on: Tuesday October 6, 2009

Note:  Bottled on Sept 10 2009.

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